Saturday, July 19, 2008

A few snapshots of some parts the Mountain State I took in this week

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE. I enjoyed seeing and being in West Virginia again. I was able to squeeze some biking and sightseeing in between my daily preparation and presentations over ten days. Biking on the roads and trails was challenging. I recommend the trails at Cooper's Rock State Forest (in photo at left). I also had the most awesome mountain bike downhill ride of my life on the rail trail from Thomas to Parsons along an old mountain railway. I was privileged to go kayaking on the Cheat River one afternoon. In addition to Cooper's Rock, I visited Black Water Falls and rode around Tygart Lake State Park. Of course, I barely scratched the surface of what's possible for cyclists in north central West Virginia. Below: Tygart Lake, Black Water Falls, and a forest road in north central West Virginia.