Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bike and Hike 2011

Here is most of the crew in Damascus, just before hitting the Va Creeper towards Abington. They suffered a bad tornado in the area in late May that competly tore out a long trestle so we weren't sure what we would find. Several signs said the trail was still closed but we lifted our bikes over the gates and continued to ride. They had made a new gravel path around the place where one trestle used to be.....so we were able to make it all the way. But saw the clouds forming....

This is what blew over us on our trip home....we still had about 10 miles left to go!

Ken didn't stop....(he took the rain pictures)

Dairy Queen, Go Postal and I found a niche in the rock and hung out to the worst was over!

I got a drink from what was dripping off his helmet. The ride home was wet and gritty, they don't put fenders on mountain bikes. We didn't get to do our hike on Sunday because of the weather but spent some time at the Grayson Highlands visitor center and was entertained by the young ranger and all his animal calls. A late lunch at Tamales in West Jefferson after a stop by Dairy Queen's homeplace in Ashe county rounded out the day.

1 comment:

Salem Stitcher said...

Looks like you all made the best of the trip in spite of the weather. Maybe there will be a "make-up" hike at Grayson Highlands?