Had to head down to Lewisburg, WV this weekend since one of my long time friends was getting married and that was where the wedding was. Deep in the mountains, it's a long but beautiful drive through some pretty remote areas. Luckily there also happens to be some biking down there so Julie and I packed the MTBs for the weekend.
Good fortune meant that we were staying right down the road from the Greenbrier Trail, a crushed gravel rail trail that stretches for 77 miles along the river. With the wedding not until Saturday evening I had the better part of the morning to sleep off the hangover that was the result of the previous evenings rehearsal dinner and festivities. Beer, lots of red wine and some Jack Daniels to finish off the night wrote off any possibilities of a dawn patrol ride. It was nice and cold down there, so heading out in the early afternoon meant the sun warmed things up a bit. Still chilly in the shade but the views were worth being a bit cold. A few of us did the whole trail as a 2 day out-and-back ride in the fall of 2003, almost as good as the C&O trail. That picture above is of Mike C. from that trip. Recommended if you get a chance to hit it.
After Friday night's excess I managed to regulate the booze intake a bit after the wedding and kept a Sunday hangover at bay. We got out of town reasonably early so we could swing by Douthat State Park in Virginia on the way home. Douthat has a sweet bounty of trails that have been described as Disney Land for mountain bikers. Plenty of climbing to get blazing fast downhills. Most of it's smooth and fast but there are some technical rocky sections and Julie pointed her ride south and ate up the rocks like I've never seen her attempt before. We had to keep the ride short and sweet since we had a long ride home and I needed to return a tux or get nailed with a late penalty, but it was well worth the stop.
Spring is almost here but we've got a bit of snow in the forecast. Doubt it will be enough to get out for a snow ride, but I can always hope.