Slept at ” normal” place on Avery Creek just out of town. Full moon and a bit nippy.
Plan is to meet Scott same place as yesterday. He attended the Xmas jam last night. I drove into Brevard and saw he sent me a text message that the bands played beyond 4:00Am and said don’t wait beyond 11:00. I parked just off the highway on N Mills river rd and waited for him. Blue sky & temps got into low 40s. I replaced the bike chain & putzed around until 11:00 and left him to his own devices.
I drove to the Fish Hatchery for a ride. Last day of deer hunting, wore orange jersey but only encountered drives on the gravel roads. Didn’t make proper turn for Daniel ridge trail & rode road up to drop in for Long Branch trail. Oh well, an unridden trail is an unridden trail. Dropped in. Some ice crystals and mushy partially frozen mud. Big rhody thickets blocked out sun in places keeping ground frozen. Trail from Butter Gap that I rode last week joined. Made it back to TH for about a 70 min ride, hardly worth having geared up for. I sat on the curb at the Fish hatchery contemplating another ride and how I could make the correct turn up Daniel Ridge. A lone rider was riding around the parking lot like a lost kid. I asked what’s up and he said that he was late meeting buddies who were going to show him the goods. I offered to take him with me and find the elusive Daniel ridge. His name is Rich, what a coincidence that last week I rode with a Richard. We found the trail and rode uphill. He rode a 29″ is 42, and fresh and he made lots of moves. We passed the trail junction where the picture of me showed me bulldogging the Turner down a steep trail. Rich rode down a rock slab and stuck his front wheel against a rock downhill, just the right distance to stuff his forward progress. The only way for the energy to dissipate was to launch him over the handle bars face first. He managed to twist his body to land on dirt among the boulders after smacking his face on a rock. No blood, no foul.
Rich, before the fall:
Zysk, check out the stream that we rode down along:
We ended up re-riding the Long Branch trail again for me. He enjoyed the ride. Back at the parking lot he discovered he missed his buds by 5 mins and from their ride description Rich felt he had a better ride.
Text message from Scott saying that Sun ride is doubtful. I am on my own again. He is planing on being here next weekend with his buddy Paul from Toronto. I will be here also.
Back into town for $3.00 shower @ laundromat. Tired & hungry, didn’t want to cook so I ate at a Mexican restaurant. Shared space w/ a bunch of game wardens & USFS law enforecement officers. They were regaling each other w/ arrest stories. I planned tomorrow’s ride out.
Back up Avery Creek to sleep. No hunting tomorrow should be quiet on road.