3 Days of Shredding: Blankets Creek, Jake/Bull Mountain & Pinhoti 1 & 2

Home base for the weekend at Mulberry Gap. A mountain bikers dream, bikes, great food and even better people!
Home base for the weekend at Mulberry Gap. A mountain bikers dream, bikes, great food and even better people!
Creek crossing at Jake Mountain. Long climbs, creeks and lightning fast downhills made for a great day!
Creek crossing at Jake Mountain. Long climbs, creeks and lightning fast downhills made for a great day!
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The dinning room at Mulberry Gap, great food and drink & even better company.
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Tony & I hooked up with Alex, Austin & Trevor while cruising down Bear Creek on the way to Pinhoti 1 & 2. Crazy fast riding, tons of climbing & worked hard to keep up with those guys. Never mind that one rode a single speed, a fat bike & one guy is an ultra marathoner!
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Me & cousin Tony at the lookout point while climbing the 5 mile gravel road from Mulberry Gap to Bear Creek.
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The view from the start of Bear Creek
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Heaven on earth for mountain bikers
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Taking the corner at Blankets Creek in Woodstock, GA
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Cousin Tony crossing a creek at Jake Mountain

3 Days On The Blue Ridge Parkway

 

Yadkin Valley Overlook
One of the many overlooks with great views on the BRP . Three days of riding, Fancy Gap, VA to Greensboro, SC.  250 miles, 26K ft of climbing and a couple great nights of camping.
Day 1, the problem with a 5 year old book about the BRP? Closed restaurants! 5 hours in & I could have really used this place.
Day 1, the problem with a 5 year old book about the BRP? Closed restaurants! 5 hours in & I could have really used this place.
Restaurant closed? No problem! Very friendly travelers stopped to give me a chicken biscuit when they saw the restaurant was closed. The people you meet are the best part of all trips.
Restaurant closed? No problem! Very friendly travelers stopped to give me a chicken biscuit when they saw the restaurant was closed. The people you meet are the best part of all trips.
Reach camp after dark, buy what I can at the gift shop & enjoy the fried chicken & biscuit from fellow travelers.
Reach camp after dark, buy what I can at the gift shop & enjoy the fried chicken & biscuit from fellow travelers.
Day 2 sunset
Day 2 sunset
I now know I can set up a tent in the dark
I now know I can set up a tent in the dark
Day 3, ran into English Phill from Brooklyn on the way out of camp. 3+ hour climb to Mt Mitchell & Crabby Gardens. Great conversation helped make the 25 mile climb enjoyable. Phill turned off to Asheville as I went to Greenville, SC.
Day 3, ran into English Phill from Brooklyn on the way out of camp. 3+ hour climb to Mt Mitchell & Crabby Gardens. Great conversation helped make the 25 mile climb enjoyable. Phill turned off to Asheville as I went to Greenville, SC.
Linn Cove Viaduct
Linn Cove Viaduct
Before
Before
...and after
…and after
One of the many rest stops along the BRP. All the climbing is rewarded!
One of the many rest stops along the BRP. All the climbing is rewarded!
Done for the night
Done for the night
In the clouds
In the clouds
After 110 mile day, it was great to reach Greenville
After 110 mile day, it was great to reach Greenville

BRAG Spring Tune-Up in Rutledge, GA

Pre Sat ride
Me & Sammy getting ready for the Saturday long ride. Cool & windy, the Spring Tune-Up was 3 great days of riding.
Schedule for the days events, be sure to catch the Darnel Boys if you get a chance!
Schedule for the days events, be sure to catch the Darnel Boys if you get a chance!
Live music all day Friday and Saturday. Bands from all around GA, singing covers and their own tunes.
Live music all day Friday and Saturday. Bands from all around GA, singing covers and their own tunes.
Sunflower farms hosted the BRAG Spring Tune-Up, stunning grounds and a really nice family.
Sunflower farms hosted the BRAG Spring Tune-Up, stunning grounds and a really nice family.
Welcome bikers!
Welcome bikers!
After a long day of riding, a nap under the tree and listening to music in the background. What a day!
After a long day of riding, a nap under the tree and listening to music in the background. What a day!
Me & Sammy touring Sunflower Farms
Me & Sammy touring Sunflower Farm
Tent city
Tent city
The set-up for the weekend, Lynskey bike, tent and the Yeti
The set-up for the weekend, Lynskey bike, tent and the Yeti
Burned all night
Burned all night
Sunset at Sunflower Farm
Sunset at Sunflower Farm
The main area, band playing, food trucks, beer truck and bikes!
The main area, band playing, food trucks, beer truck and bikes!
The Darnell Boys out of Athens, GA. Great band & the guy is playing a saw!
The Darnell Boys out of Athens, GA. Great band & the guy is playing a saw!
Me, Sam & or new riding friend Dave. This weekend was all about meeting new people, biking and having fun
Me, Sam & or new riding friend Dave. This weekend was all about meeting new people, biking and having fun

2016 Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest in Big Bend Ranch State Park, TX

Getting ready for another great day of mountain biking with Brad. 85 & sunny all 3 days!
Getting ready for another great day of mountain biking with Brad. 85 & sunny all 3 days!
The gang at the bunkhouse @Sauceda Ranger station. Riders from all over the US, great group sharing riding & life stories.
The gang at the bunkhouse @Sauceda Ranger station. Riders from all over the US, great group sharing riding & life stories.
Boathouse bar & grill, great burgers and plenty or local characters to spend time with.
Boathouse bar & grill, great burgers and plenty or local characters to spend time with.
Ghostown, Terlingua, interesting place and people. be sure to visit if you're down there
Ghostown, Terlingua, interesting place and people. be sure to visit if you’re down there

02-16 Big Bend Bike Fest 252

Driving back from Big Bend Fest, be sure to stop in Alpine and grab grub at "The Smoking Cuban" food truck. Great food and plenty to watch.
Driving back from Big Bend Fest, be sure to stop in Alpine and grab grub at “The Smoking Cuban” food truck. Great food and plenty to watch.
Watch out for the cactus!
Watch out for the cactus!
Chihuahuan Bike Fest home base
Chihuahuan Bike Fest home base
Sunset at Sauceda Ranger Station
Sunset at Sauceda Ranger Station
Ghostown above ground cemetery
Ghostown above ground cemetery
Taking a break with Jiri, spent the entire day chasing this guy back to Lajitas.
Taking a break with Jiri, spent the entire day chasing this guy back to Lajitas.
Sleeping area in the Sauceda bunkhouse, great night with a fun group of riders.
Sleeping area in the Sauceda bunkhouse, great night with a fun group of riders.
Walking up a crazy steep hill on the ride back from Sauceda
Walking up a crazy steep hill on the ride back from Sauceda
View of the valley
View of the valley
We rode the really fun airport loop on day 3. Smooth, rolling hills in the "fun valley", great day.
We rode the really fun airport loop on day 3. Smooth, rolling hills in the “fun valley”, great day.
Taking a break on the ride to Sauceda Ranger Station. 32 miles of rocks, climbs and sand. The few minutes spent in the shade felt great.
Taking a break on the ride to Sauceda Ranger Station. 32 miles of rocks, climbs and sand. The few minutes spent in the shade felt great.
10 miles in to day one & snapped my chain. thank you Paul for your help! Paul was a Bike Fest staff and the chain repair lasted all weekend, really happy for Paul.
10 miles in to day one & snapped my chain. thank you Paul for your help! Paul was a Bike Fest staff and the chain repair lasted all weekend, really happy for Paul.

2015 6 Gap Century Ride in North Georgia

pre-race bike photo
Pre-race photo. I was one of only a handful of people riding steel and probably the only touring bike with a rear bag rack. My Salsa Vaya Touring rode like a champ for all 8+ hours.
The start to a very long day. A full day of riding over 6 mountains covering104 miles. The riders and volunteers were great, plenty of support from everyone. Had some great conversations while grinding up the mountains.  I wish I caught names, but one person was an Afghanistan vet who was so severely injured that a doctor told him he would never run or bike again. He bought a bike 8 weeks ago and was giving one of the most difficult centuries a shot. I really hope he made it.
The start to a very long day. A full day of riding over 6 mountains covering104 miles. The riders and volunteers were great, plenty of support from everyone. Had some great conversations while grinding up the mountains.
I wish I caught names, but one person was an Afghanistan vet who was so severely injured that a doctor told him he would never run or bike again. He bought a bike 8 weeks ago and was giving one of the most difficult centuries a shot. I really hope he made it!
A view of the elevation profile
A view of the elevation profile
7 hours in, a view from Wolfpen Gap. Great rest stop at just the right time.
7 hours in, a view from Wolfpen Gap. Great rest stop at just the right time.

Pittsburgh to DC on the Great Allegheny Pass and C&O Canal

The start in the Burgh. Local artwork lines the trail on the way out of town.
The start in the Burgh. Local artwork lines the trail on the way out of town.
A side trip to Falling Waters. It was worth the 4 mile climb to the house!
A side trip to Falling Waters. It was worth the 4 mile climb to the house!
Muddy conditions for the rest of the ride (4days) to DC
Muddy conditions for the rest of the ride (4days) to DC
Stopped in Rockwood for some food, felt like we traveled back in time.
Stopped in Rockwood for some food, felt like we traveled back in time.
lots of cool bridges and tunnels
lots of cool bridges and tunnels
Paul & I, fully loaded muddy bikes
Paul & I, fully loaded muddy bikes
Made it to Meyersdale (85 miles), too muddy to camp we crashed at Yoders B&B
Made it to Meyersdale (85 miles), too muddy to camp we crashed at Yoders B&B
The continental divide, it's down hill from here
The continental divide, it’s down hill from here
Big Savage tunnel for some really dark riding
Big Savage tunnel for some really dark riding
Post tunnel view, stunning
Post tunnel view, stunning
An afternoon in Frostburg to visit Paul's family's home town.
An afternoon in Frostburg to visit Paul’s family’s home town.
The problem with a wet summer? A muddy single track C&O Canal for the next 150 miles. Still a lot of fun
The problem with a wet summer? A muddy single track C&O Canal for the next 150 miles. Still a lot of fun
After 85 muddy miles we needed food and shelter. "luckily" we stumbled upon the Little Orleans Lodge. A converted hostel, I'm pretty sure the only thing converted was they raised the prices & renamed it a B&B for bikers. However, it was clean and they even fed us for $7 each. I also now know what scrapple is...
After 85 muddy miles we needed food and shelter. “luckily” we stumbled upon the Little Orleans Lodge. A converted hostel, I’m pretty sure the only thing converted was they raised the prices & renamed it a B&B for bikers. However, it was clean and they even fed us for $7 each. I also now know what scrapple is…
Steve, out Little Orleans Lodge host, hanging out in his kitchen waiting on dinner
Steve, out Little Orleans Lodge host, hanging out in his kitchen waiting on dinner
Total mudfest!
Total mudfest!
!st and only flat of the trip & it happened to Paul on the street in West Virginia
!st and only flat of the trip & it happened to Paul on the street in West Virginia
The Tea Hose Hostel in Harpers Ferry, WV. One of the coolest parts of the trip. We shared a room with 10 people all hiking the AT. Their stories and happiness was great to share. Stayed up late just talking and listening to stories. Perfect day.
The Tea Hose Hostel in Harpers Ferry, WV. One of the coolest parts of the trip. We shared a room with 10 people all hiking the AT. Their stories and happiness was great to share. Stayed up late just talking and listening to stories. Perfect day.
Harpers Ferry, WV
Harpers Ferry, WV
20 miles from DC and the packed mud fried my derailleur and snapped my chain. Luckily, Paul to the rescue! Removed derailleur, pieced chain back together & it was a single gear ride for the rest of the trip!
20 miles from DC and the packed mud fried my derailleur and snapped my chain. Luckily, Paul to the rescue! Removed derailleur, pieced chain back together & it was a single gear ride for the rest of the trip!
Pittsburgh fans love their jerseys!
Pittsburgh fans love their jerseys!
Great meal at the old school Peppi's. Pittsburgh was a great town to bike around for the day. Great food, artwork and history.
Great meal at the old school Peppi’s. Pittsburgh was a great town to bike around for the day. Great food, artwork and history.
Great Pittsburgh street art
Great Pittsburgh street art
Night 1 in Connellsville. Free adirondacks on the trail, great timing since it started to rain!
Night 1 in Connellsville. Free adirondacks on the trail, great timing since it started to rain!
We're off to Meyersdale
We’re off to Meyersdale

Continue reading Pittsburgh to DC on the Great Allegheny Pass and C&O Canal

Yellowstone and Grand Teton

Family bike ride in Grand Teton National Park. Started at Jackson Lake Lodge and rode to Teton Village.
Family bike ride in Grand Teton National Park. Started at Jackson Lake Lodge and rode to Teton Village.
The polar bear plunge at Jackson Lake
The polar bear plunge at Jackson Lake
The grand canyon of Yellowstone
The grand canyon of Yellowstone
Grand Tetons
A photo from the most beautiful bike ride ever. This was our view while eating a picnic lunch in Grand Teton National Park.
Summited Teton Pass! Hardest climb I've done, 1:15 up and 15 minutes down.
Summited Teton Pass! Hardest climb I’ve done, 1:15 up and 15 minutes down.
On the bike path towards Jackson
On the bike path towards Jackson
Following my daughter Alex towards Jackson
Following my daughter Alex towards Jackson
My son, Tommy, taking a break on the ride
My son, Tommy, taking a break on the ride
Yellowstone!
Yellowstone!
Alex and friends riding to Old Faithful
Alex and friends riding to Old Faithful
One of the many Yellowstone hotspots. Well worth the climb up the hill for a better view
One of the many Yellowstone hotspots. Well worth the climb up the hill for a better view
Yellowstone Lodge, early in the morning
Yellowstone Lodge, early in the morning
Great view of the area around Old Faithful early in the morning
Great view of the area around Old Faithful early in the morning
The hike up Jenny Lake, pictures and words don’t do it justice
Birds eye view of the grand canyon of Yellowstone
Birds eye view of the grand canyon of Yellowstone

San Francisco to Big Sur

Big Sur Tony
Me & cousin Tony at Big Sur
Fog- Big Sur
Early morning fog coming off the water in Big Sur, I’m really happy the camera was able to capture it.
Big Sur
Riding off through Big Sur
Handlebar Big Sur
Handlebar shot of a birds eye view of Big Sur, CA
Santa Cruz Aldo's
Tony and his large Aldo’s breakfast in Santa Cruz
Marina Santa Cruz
Marina at Aldo’s in Santa Cruz
Aldo's
Aldo’s in Santa Cruz
Morning Santa Cruz
Me & Tony heading out early in Santa Cruz
Crestview Inn, Santa Cruz
Our motel in Santa Cruz, Crestview Inn. Across from the beach & next to the pier. Convenient and clean…enough.
Morning Santa Cruz
Early morning in Santa Cruz, CA
"At least I did it!"
Our motto for the weekend “At least I did it!”. One of our favorite parts of the bike ride
Sam's Chowder
Lunch at Sam’s Chowder House on the way to Santa Cruz. An institution & Tony had the famous lobster roll
Bike parking
10 miles before hitting Santa Cruz, found this coffee shop off US1. Bike parking available of course!
No Parking
Think they mean bikes?
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Off US1, great coffee- desert shop. Self serve & pay on the honor system. Great stop late in the day as we approached Santa Cruz
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Lighthouse & seals
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view from the lighthouse
gas station
Day two on way to Carmel, inland & hot but a lot of cool rural sights.
Pezzini Farm
Pezzini Farm roadside store, fresh fruit and caramel. Great stop on a hot day
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Menu at Pezzini Farms
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Pezzini Farms artichoke food truck
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On way to Carmel, beautiful park and bike paths everywhere!
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Big Sur in the morning
Bridge Big Sur
Bridge to Big Sur
Nepenthe
Me & Tony pre-lunch at Nepenthe
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Big Sur
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Tony having a moment at the top of a steep climb in Big Sur
Nepenthe
Made it to Nepenthe from Carmel. Time for lunch & then head back to Carmel.
Patio at Nepenthe
Patio at Nepenthe, great ambrosia burger for our efforts. The view from the patio is as good as it gets.
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Sculpture at Nepenthe
Cow
Riding back from Big Sur to Carmel, caught this cow standing on a hill staring at us. Beautiful setting, mountains to the right, ocean to the left.
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not something you see every day
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Close to Carmel, stopped for a quick hike
Big Sur River Inn
Big Sur River Inn. We should have stayed here last night, we just didn’t have the legs & stopped at Carmel. There could be worse things!
Big Sur River Inn Bus
Big Sur River Inn bus parked out front.