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 Post subject: Re: Blue Ridge Trail
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:35 pm 
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To add a little to this thread, without starting a whole new one. Me and Mark spent two days last weekend on the BRT. We wanted to try the sections we had skipped last time including the Iron Mt Trail and Walker Mt.
Met Mark on Hwy 16 for a run up to the trail
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Great day for riding, curvy roads to the start of Iron Mt
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This trail was tough, steep, rocky and narrow
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some trees down to navigate around
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This one required a rest before negotiating
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The trail was narrow
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We both wiped out here
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We skipped the second section of this trail, bailing out on a forrest service road to make it to our campsite before it got completely dark. We stayed at Comers Rock CG. Nice remote little campground with six camp sites. We had the place all to ourselves.
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Got the stove out for stove out for some morning coffee and oatmeal
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The next day we rode up to Walker Mt, where we had gotten stopped on our last ride.
Great views on this ride including old farmsteads
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This old bridge that once led to a flour mill
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Start of the rough stuff on Walker Mt
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This list as a road on the gps, but hard to believe
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Very rocky, very loose. It was hard to believe that Mark was running stock 15 tooth front sprocket with trail wing tires. At the top of Walker, the road smooths to decent gravel that we took back down. Hit the interstate and slabbed it on home. Great weekend of riding! :Roost:

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Ridge Trail
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:42 pm 
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Gene, looks like a great ride ... I like the photos.

I just got back from 10 days in the Ozarks on the VStrom and then 7 days in Utah in a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. I have been having too much fun this month..

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Ridge Trail
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I think I've been down that section of Iron Mt. Trail...did it start just outside of Damascus? There was a creek crossing about 100 yds in from the trail entrance when we went through this past April...though it was pouring down rain at the time so the creek might be temporary.

Looks like a good time! Thanks for sharing!

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Ridge Trail
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Acme Zoom wrote:
Gene, looks like a great ride ... I like the photos.

I just got back from 10 days in the Ozarks on the VStrom and then 7 days in Utah in a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. I have been having too much fun this month..


Acme Zoom, my friend and original BRT riding partner! Glad you found this thread. Lots of this could be ridden on the mighty Wee Strom, I'll keep scouting sections if your interested in another run sometime. I spent some time in the Ozarks this summer and thought how this would be great riding on the Wee.

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Ridge Trail
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RamMan4x4 wrote:
I think I've been down that section of Iron Mt. Trail...did it start just outside of Damascus? There was a creek crossing about 100 yds in from the trail entrance when we went through this past April...though it was pouring down rain at the time so the creek might be temporary.

Looks like a good time! Thanks for sharing!


Yes starts in Damascus, little side street across from the gas station. Had to look for it, as we rode right past it the first time. Creek crossing just past the start, still there. I would have hated this in the wet, was worn out riding it when dry!

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Ridge Trail
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 7:26 pm 
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Gene, I also am riding a DRZ400 now, a little easier to handle now that I'm getting a little long in the tooth.. I will be up your way weather permitting doing some Hatfield and McCoy this winter getting ready for Broxton Bridge in January .. I will touch base with you when going ..

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Did somebody say Hatfield and McCoy? Don't forget about me!

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Ridge Trail
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This is very nice area of VA, I used to live near a town called Paris a few klicks from Skyline and BRT. I wasn't aware of the trail since most folks travel the drive or parkway. I'm going to have to check the trail out this spring! Thanks for the post. I can't wait to move back to my sweet Virginia soon...

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Ridge Trail
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Great report guys. This is one area of the country I would love to see.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Ridge Trail
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great report!

hopefully get out there early next year.


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