Thursday, January 14, 2021

Timberline Resort (Canaan Valley, WV)

My wife Rebecca and I have been to the Canaan Valley area several times to ride mountain bikes, but never before have we visited the region for wintersports.

Typically we think of Snowshoe Mountain as being our only option for snowboarding nearby, but we did some digging to find out that Timberline Mountain was recently purchased and invested in heavily for this season. With that, we decided to find a vacation rental home for the weekend and invited two couples who’d been diligent in keeping safe during the Covid pandemic to join us. The cabin that Rebecca found was perfect - it even included a hot tub to soak in after a long day on the slopes!

I was surprised to find even more natural snow here than at Snowshoe, opening up the ability to ride in the woods and along the side walls of the slopes. I don’t think I’ve had this option since riding out west and it was awesome to find some sneak lines through the trees!

Two out of our group were getting on the snow for the first time. One on skis and the other on a snowboard. The skis seemed to be the easiest to learn over the course of a weekend, so after the first day they were both getting the hang of it on a set of planks.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip that I’m sure we’ll be repeating in the future.

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Dollar Ride Day (Goochland, VA)

The riding in Goochland County is really improving. Our first glimpse into the new trails there was at Leakes Mill, and now a summer camp just a few minutes down the road is opening its land to the public for $5/day riding. They kicked off this new arrangement with a discounted rate to introduce the area.

For this ride, I invited my friends Lory and Ryan. Around 10am we met at the parking area, paid our $1, and set off. Lory had two other friends join us, one of which had already lapped the course and was willing to show us the ropes.

Although the ground was soft and slow where new trail had been cut, my overall impression of the trail network was positive. Once we reached the established trails the speeds increased and I know that it's only a matter of time until the new trails are compressed from use.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Wave Daze (Virginia Beach, VA)

The first time I took my Jet Ski out on the water, someone spotted me in the parking lot and clued me into Wave Daze - a freeride event in VA Beach held each Spring & Summer.

Although I've been wrenching more than riding this "new to me" ski, I decided to trailer the shitbox there in order to get a feel for riding in the surf - even if I am still a SUPER NOVICE on the standup!

The week prior, I yanked the engine with hopes of boring the block and rebuilding the top end. I wisely decided, though, to toss it back in so I could ride "as is" and complete the rebuild after dunking the ski in the salt water.

I'm still having issues with the ski filling itself with water. Unfortunately, the bilge pump ALSO decided to stop working, so I only got a few minutes in the water before having to bring it back in.

I'm hopeful, though, that I'll work out the rest of these issues over the winter and have a fully-functional, semi-reliable boat by next season!

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Silver Creek Trails (Snowshoe, WV)

Rebecca and I decided to try the XC trails in the Silver Creek area during our trip to Snowshoe. Our expectations were exceeded, with an abundance of beautiful moss-covered ground and rocky, rooty technical singletrack.

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