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    Upset Doh!!

    For the love of god please stop raining!!!!! (I know we need it). All my hobbies are outdoors except for th gym and I went before work this morning. I guess I'll go home and clean......sigh.

    What are the trails looking like in Asheville/Brevard this weekend? Does anyone know if they will be in any condition to ride?

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    Stay up high

    You might be OK. Been raining around Asheville every afternoon, but spotty elsewhere.


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    I haven't been able to ride for the last week and a half...very muddy in the Charlotte area. I want to ride Dupont but I don't think a place like slick rock would be smart to ride when it is wet (I am assuming that the rock is actually slick, I have never been). Me and a friend are planning a road trip to Moab or somewhere out west this summer, it has to be dry there! This will be my first big road trip to go biking so I guess I am officially hooked.

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    Dupont is find in any weather really. I have ridden it in rain, snow, ice, its been fine everytime, it drains real well. Not all of it is rock by any means.

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    Riding tonight...

    ...meeting at Dixies Tavern uptown at 5:30 tonight (6/24) for an urban assualt ride.

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    TP is right. I've riden Big Rock in pouring rain, the granite is not slick.

    However, the trail that goes down to the river where the long, shallow falls is (somebody help me here) is EXTREMELY slick because of the plant matter growing on the rock. Good place to bust your @ss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litespeedchick
    TP is right. I've riden Big Rock in pouring rain, the granite is not slick.

    However, the trail that goes down to the river where the long, shallow falls is (somebody help me here) is EXTREMELY slick because of the plant matter growing on the rock. Good place to bust your @ss.
    Not sure if this is what your are talking about, but I busted my @SS riding down Bridal Veil falls once. It was a bone dry day, and I tried to ride accross a puddle that was no more than 18" in diameter. Deadly I tell ya...

    Some of the trails do not do well in rain, but as others said, the "slick"rock is probably the best traction you could imagine, in any conditions. In general, a lot of DuPont is sandy and drains well, in addition to good traction on the rocks. Use common sense and walk the few muddy parts if you run into them.

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    Yep, I think that's it. The falls they walked along in Last of the Mohicans.

    Nothing like when your front and rear tires both go sideways at the same time.

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    The Big Rock isn't Slick

    But Corn Mill Shoals (arguably the most technical trail section in all of Dupont) sure is impassable.

    If there was a water crossing on a trail in Dupont, no matter how trivial, it is probably a guaranteed soaking if it is even passable. This limits the trails somewhat but some good riding can still be had. If you stay up high, plan accordingly, (or pack a Kayak).

    The 1st picture is looking up stream from the Ceder Rock side of the trail, there should be at least 10 feet of rock showing on either side of the ford. (I am standing in the water just to get the upriver shot).
    The second picture is looking down stream, in the foreground is the rock you typically walk out on to cross.
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    i'm going next weekend

    Provided the weather is nice I will hit Dupont for the first time. We didn't go last time we were in Asheville bc of the rain. I will settle for overcast/ damp weather I can't go through another season like we had last year. If it keeps up I'm selling my bike and taking up bowling........ugh.....I just got the chills.

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    Pisgah

    BTW this is me near the top of Five Points. I don't know if you can see how wet my shirt was but trust me, that definately was not rain! After I got past the profuse sweating and nausea it was a lot of fun. I will never trust the phrase "moderate climb" again though.
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    By WNC standards the climb up to 5 points is considered moderate. Try climbing Black Mtn or Avery's Creek and you'll see what I mean.

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    if this helps any..............

    I rode Kitzuma last night (thursday) and it was almost completely dry. My bike did not even get any mud on it. I did however walk through two really muddy spots... but other than those the trail was dry... Hope this helps shed some light. I was suprized at how dry it was..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by litespeedchick
    Nothing like when your front and rear tires both go sideways at the same time.
    Haha, as a downhiller I consider that a good thing as long as it doesn't involve falling and does involve railing a flat turn. I know what you mean though, my dad broke his helmet so bad in that spot during the rain doing the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics
    By WNC standards the climb up to 5 points is considered moderate. Try climbing Black Mtn or Avery's Creek and you'll see what I mean.
    I'm sure I will find out what you mean sooner or later. Me and the two other guys were winded when we got to the top but we were ready to ride some more and were disappointed when it rained the next day. It sounds like a lot of people rave about Black Mtn. so I want to ride that soon. I'm sure the climbs will be tough but I think the more we ride it the easier it will become. I remember how tired I got when I rode mountain bikes the first time, did a spin class for the first time, etc. I think it is just a shock to your system until your body adjusts....at least I hope so.

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    I've been trying to ride warmups on Owl's Roost in Greensboro for the July Sizzler race next month, and it's so wet and slow I'm turning single lap times that should be 2 laps.
    Many wrecks, many strawberries and bruises. Very nasty. I'm hoping these 3, 90 degree days with no rain will dry some stuff out a little.

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    forecast is looking good

    It looks like we will finally get some riding in. This hot weather is sure to dry things up in a hurry. A friend of mine lives in Greensboro and busted his @SS at Owls Roost trying to take a corner that transitions into a bridge too fast. It was a little wet and the bike just shot out from underneath him. He said his bike ended up a good ways in front of him...I wish i could have seen that

    I may head up to Gboro this weekend if the wife doesn't hit me up with other plans.

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    I think I know what section you're talking about.
    Country park isn't too bad. Not as technical , but a lot better when you're not interested in suicide.

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    HaHa...as a non-downhiller, I didn't know it was possible to have front and rear tires go sideways and NOT involve falling !

    I hope we run into you and your Dad one of these days. Say hi...I'm on a Litespeed (Duh) and usually have my hair in a braid.

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    Well after 3 days no rain and 90 degree temps, I got back on the Owl's Roost a few hours before the evening storm, and it was perfect. The trail was actually dry, save for a few spongy places, and with the approaching storm it had dropped to about 80. Great ride. Too bad the storm soggied it up again.

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    campin'

    I actually stayed local and rode Beech Springs this weekend. I felt great until I went out on the Lake and started drinking Capt. Morgans and coke. All the benefits of a good ride undone...

    I am going to head out to Tsali this weekend and ride Saturday/Sunday. It has been forever since I have been camping so it should be fun. I heard Tsali campgrounds is a great place to stay from a guy I work with.

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