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    Leafdown Ride

    Leafdown

    Not the best time of year for riding in the Mid-Atlantic


    But the weather has been nice, so you ride anyway



    Last remnants of fall color



    The crew on Reed Creek, on the side of Apple Orchard and Terrapin Mountains


    Lots of “landmines” under the leaves, just waiting for you to pick a bad line


    Rolling out in Sedalia

    Interesting squeezing 4 bikes and riders into a Subaru

    2nd ride, a loop on Mineshaft

    Chair Rock

    All clear, after Honeybadger’s impressive climb on the super steep sections most mortals push and almost crawl




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    Yeah. If you're on trails you don't know, it's tough to pick lines with all the leaves down. Still, that area is always pretty this time of year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    Yeah. If you're on trails you don't know, it's tough to pick lines with all the leaves down. Still, that area is always pretty this time of year.
    The pucker factor was high on the Mineshaft descent. Everyone made it through OK, except a rock ate one of Honeybadger's tire sidewalls.

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    That looks like a great time. I want to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigCreekRider View Post
    The pucker factor was high on the Mineshaft descent. Everyone made it through OK, except a rock ate one of Honeybadger's tire sidewalls.
    I was in the Blue Ridge Mountains last weekend, on a mountain I was familiar with from 20 years ago, but lots of new pro built trails. I came up on a nice drop, and didn't realize it til I was just inches from it (I was able to get the front end up and make a decent show of it) because the prevailing wind had stacked leaves against it until it just looked like a rock sticking up out of the leaves in the trail. Rides in that area are beautiful though, and well worth the pucker factor.

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    You're not kidding about leaves - On Hemlock Tunnel (aka Clownhead) we totally lost the trail at the bottom (last stream bed crossing). Have overshot the trail... And parts of 1000' were almost hub deep in places. Gauntlet... whoa - that was craziness.
    Enjoying the trails one pedal stroke at a time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerJen View Post
    You're not kidding about leaves - On Hemlock Tunnel (aka Clownhead) we totally lost the trail at the bottom (last stream bed crossing). Have overshot the trail... And parts of 1000' were almost hub deep in places. Gauntlet... whoa - that was craziness.
    Yea you might have seen my FB post, we did a big loop at Arcadia Saturday. It was crazy scary.

    On the other end of things, i did a Mill Mountain ride yesterday. Wood Thrush is almost "burned in" already and is good to go. Good time of year to ride the most used trails.

    Some rain or snow would help settle down those unruly leaves and put them in their place.

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    Great ride it was! Thanks for saring the pics.

    I was able to ride Dody on Sunday and the trail was in really great shape. Not too many leaves up there on the ridge although the bottom was real crispy.

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    Impressive on getting 4 bikes and riders in an Outback!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honeybadger View Post
    Great ride it was! Thanks for saring the pics.

    I was able to ride Dody on Sunday and the trail was in really great shape. Not too many leaves up there on the ridge although the bottom was real crispy.
    Dody is not too bad in the fall. That place has burned so many times that there is nothing up there over 20 feet tall.

    Yea man it was a good ride glad you made it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    Impressive on getting 4 bikes and riders in an Outback!
    Took several tries, but we made it work.

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    I enjoyed the ride as always with you guys and it was impressive to get all 4 of us, our bikes and gear into the outback. We should make a commercial. Looking forward to big rain or snow to pack those leaves down and get back up there. Thanks again for your knowledge and willingness to show us ssome cool riding.

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