Friday, July 11, 2008

MOUNTAIN BIKING WEST VIRGINIA
This is a mountain biker's dreamland...or torture chamber!

UPHILL SUFFERING. It didn't take me long to find a challenging trail to ride. Just outside Grafton, West Virginia is Tygart Lake State Park. Pristine lake, just beautiful. While there is no mountain biking allowed on the hiking trails, a park assistant pointed me to a gravel and dirt road that headed straight up a steep hill. "That'll do," I said. I saddled up and hit the trail. Within minutes I was suffering, inching my way up a 15% grade of dirt roads. At the top of the hill I had choices to descend to more dirt and narrow paved roads.
MORE TOMORROW? Suffice it to say, I spent 2.5 hours riding around, up and down, and completely spent myself. Folks are telling me about good trails up in Morgantown, so tomorrow I may head that direction.


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