Friday, June 3, 2011

carolina in the morning

This morning I stole away before the dawn and managed to get in a fun little Pisgah loop. Starting from Fisherman's at 5:30am my route was:

1206 > Laurel Mtn. > MTS > BRP > Big Creek > 197 > 5000 > 1206

Starting in complete darkness I had Yellow Gap Rd. all too myself and I was free to just let my mind wander. By the time I made the turn onto the single track dawn was just breaking and the forest slowly started to come back to life. I still needed my light in all the rhodo tunnels and with all the flowers it made for quite a surreal experience. Before long it was completely light out but I wasn't able to see the sun until I got near the top.


I walked almost every inch of the 'gnome' section of Laurel to the parkway because I wasn't in a hurry and was just enjoying being out in the woods by myself.

Downhill from here:


Big Creek is one of my favorite trails and it is also one of my most loathed trails. I love the downhill at the top but the bottom three miles just might be the flatest in all of Pisgah and make for a slow slog on a single speed. Check out the new sign at the top:


Seasonal for horses? I think what they mean is part of the trail is open to horses. it would be nice if it was all open to them though as there are a lot of trees down that really kill the flow and the equestrians often carry saws.

Up on the parkway I had spotted what looked like big piles of ice and sure enough it was:


Hail, and lots of it. I never thought I'd be riding down Big Creek on ice in June but sure enough I was. It was literally a foot deep at times:


Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning!


1 comment:

  1. that hail is crazy. Lucky. you were not under it as it fell from the sky.