Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bryce (Virginia)

Joey and I left Richmond on Saturday night for Harrisonburg. We studied the NatGeo maps during the highway sections of our drive and scouted for a camp spot until we found a decent clearing.

The next morning we headed to Bryce to find a very impressive new bike park in its inaugural season. The trails were groomed similarly to Diablo with jumps, berms, and tabletops on nearly every track.

We shredded all day and kept bumping into familiar faces from Richmond. It seems that Bryce may become the “nearest favorite” after noticing just how many Richmond riders there were.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Shenandoah River (Staunton, VA)

After a day at Smith Mountain Lake, trolling around on a pontoon boat, Crystal, Katie and I joined Katie’s in-laws for a trip down the Shenandoah River.

The river had a relaxed pace with a few sections of rapids to keep the float interesting. We had paddles, but put them to very little use the entire time.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Snowshoe (West Virginia)

Ian, Joey and I set out for West Virginia on Friday afternoon with pleasant weather in the forecast. Ian, a seasoned XC rider, was trying downhill for the first time during this trip.

Snowshoe is offering a great deal on its season pass this year, so Joey and I ponied up the cash and purchased one each. The season pass includes a "friend pass" so Joey and I gave both days to Ian in exchange for covering the trip's fuel.

After our first day of riding we explored the fire roads around our campsite and stumbled upon a couple of stunning ponds.

The trail crew at Snowshoe was hard at work this spring. They’ve manicured their existing trails and added some trail features as well. In short, we plan on several return visits this season.