The Terrapin Mountain Predicament ended up being last Sunday. The ride had been scheduled for Carvin’s Cove, but super muddy conditions force the change of local.
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Thus far these rides have been in a number of locations in western Virginia. Usually I stay as far away from these rides as possible as they tend to be 40+miles and thousands of feet of climbing. I just don’t have that much gas in my tank.
They were looking for a guide for what we dubbed the “Underachiever loop”. 14 miles and 2300 feet of climbing – now we were talking my language.
Started out on North Creek
I am going to guess about 20 riders, only 3 of us on the short loop. There was also a medium length one that several riders did.
We are off
And this was the last I saw of most of them
Onto North Creek Trail
The short loop crew
Finishing up the singletrack for now.
Most of the rest of the climb is on the road.
Lots of water in the creeks
At the end of the road climb we had several welcome miles of rolling roadbed. I believe it is called the Cornelius Creek Connector.
Passing the AT and on to Cornelius Creek Trail
Starts out rather innocent.
Its true rocky steep nature is soon revealed
After coming up on Cornelius Creek the steepness subsided somewhat, but the rocks were still there
The other guys rode the creek crossing, I wussed and walked it
The second creek crossing was really sketchy. I found my winter shoes do not grip well on wet logs. Much thanks to the guys for helping across that
In the clear on our way back to the truck
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