I rode quite a bit earlier this fall. Ride reports fell to the wayside. Oh, well maybe these will seem like new for the folks that saw them on Facebook.
A small group of us made the pilgrimage over from Roanoke to the Slatyfork area. We did a pretty large loop essentially around the perimeter of the Tea Creek trails.
First, a visit to the Cranberry Glades visitor center was in order.
Rattlesnakes and copperheads, all living in harmony
Remind me not to mess with a grizzly bear
We parked at the Tea Creek Campground by the Williams River. Fall colors were in full there in early October.
A small but good crew
To start we climbed Bannock Shoals, not hard but quite long. It is an old railroad grade like most of the trails in the area.
Working up a little sweat
Bannock Shoals was in excellent shape and appeared to have been recently bush-hogged.
Onto Boundary Trail, for some more climbing. This end of Boundary was just rebuilt.
Classic West Virginia riding
A piece of history
The view off the top of Boundary is outstanding.
Moss, rocks and roots, WV staples.
About half way down Boundary we crossed an old strip mine over to the Forest Service road 135
This extended our trip some, but I like the old mines.
A cabin built on a mine site
After 4 or 5 miles of road, it was time to resume singletrack riding
Tea Creek trail starts out easy, but then gets steep and loose.
A left onto Tea Creek Connector. That piece of trail beat on me on the hardtail with all the old railroad ties.
Then it was onto Gauley Mountain trail
Considered about the easiest of the Tea Creek trails, by this point in the day it all hurt.
Trail work done a couple years ago is still holding up well
Views from Scenic Highway 150 are always great
More new trail work on Tea Creek Mountain trail, the last leg of our ride.
I could ride bits and pieces, but one of our guys rode most of it. There are lines but you really have to react quickly
This is a good trail, but a hard one to finish the ride up on. Most of the day was done and
I was done.
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