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    CrgCrkRyder
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    A ride along the Parkway

    Last Saturday the pre-snow warm weather was great. I did a parkway ride with some Glenwood Horse trail thrown in. When I got to Apple Orchard Mountain, the parkway was blocked off to car traffic. At first I was a little miffed because it meant I had to ride a few more road miles than I had planned.

    But once behind the gate, it was sweet. I had the parkway to myself and was able to ride freely and stop wherever I wanted without worrying about any traffic.

    Looking down on Devil’s Marbleyard




    Onto a new (to me) stretch of the horse trail near Petite's Gap and Battery Creek





    Some trail markings to keep you on track, but not many







    More down than up on this stretch – in this direction.


    It was fun







    Several miles of Forest Service road on Hunting Creek, and then the real climb begins.


    It started as an old logging road but soon becomes singletrack.



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    Lots of small rock gardens, but still mostly ride-able



    Some cool rhododendrum tunnels.






    At the ridge top, I still had 1.5 mile parkway climb back. Winter chill had replaced the warm air from earlier in the day. The views were good. And the heater was awaiting me in the truck.



    http://s227.photobucket.com/albums/dd66/CraigCreekRider
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    awesome pictures. did you guys get a lot of snow out that way? we got a couple inches in richmond, followed by a day of 70 degrees

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    CCR, I am nominating you as RIMBA's back-country guide.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta View Post
    CCR, I am nominating you as RIMBA's back-country guide.
    Haha - as long as I can quit my day job.
    http://s227.photobucket.com/albums/dd66/CraigCreekRider
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    Quote Originally Posted by pecsokak View Post
    awesome pictures. did you guys get a lot of snow out that way? we got a couple inches in richmond, followed by a day of 70 degrees
    Thanks! We got 5-6 inches in Roanoke, but it started melting rapidly the next day. Not sure how much they got up on the parkway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigCreekRider View Post
    Haha - as long as I can quit my day job.
    I'm OK with that.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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