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Virginia Mountains & MABDR Leg 1
« on: September 10, 2019, 11:11:27 PM »
Just got back from a four day ride out to the Blue Ridge of Virginia. My main purpose for the ride was to try the Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route (MABDR) - Legs 1 & 2. It's a route that runs from Damascus, VA to the NY state border. It's mostly back country roads with a lot of dirt and gravel. My travel on Leg 1 (more on that later) was around 50% gravel or 80 miles or so.  I'm guessing, didn't really check it.


Enjoying the scenery while traveling to Abingdon, VA to stage for Leg 1.


Rural Retreat, VA
I always like to see these restored rail stations. A real link to the past.


And you find stuff you never knew - or thought about.


My 5 star accomodations


Within the first couple miles of starting Leg 1, outside Damascus, VA the track turns to gravel, really good gravel.






This was one of the coolest pictures of the ride. The rocks really closed in on the track. But those spots/bubbles, the only two images.  My wife claims some other world spiritual connection,  :191:, me - not so sure.


A typical connector road


No shortage of views


Mid-way or so, the town of Marion, VA


North of Marion, the second half of the route, the dirt/gravel becomes more difficult.


In the dry, like it was for me, it was a very good ride. There are few sections in the latter half of Leg 1 that were that are pretty exciting, in a hope I don't crash way. Very steep grades, hairpin turns, big rocks and such. No pictures of those, I guess I was pre-occupied  :005:






A Honda promo shoot  :002:




Calling it a wrap at the end of Leg 1. It was my intention to ride Legs 1 & 2 on Sunday, figured it was around 300 miles, no problem. I rolled off Leg 1 late in the afternoon. Clearly I underestimated the route difficulty or overestimated my ability. Probably the latter  :191:


Either way, my cabin and some cold beer was a welcome sight.


Monday, I just wandered around looking for gravel roads and seeing where they went.




Even the sunflowers like CB's


Then I find this...  It was about a foot deep, didn't appear to have any big rocks in it and the bottom looked good. But, I was thinking, it would really suck to drop my bike in the middle of this creek.




But I couldn't resist.


Finish with a covered bridge

So it was a great trip. The bike ran perfectly and I will definitely continue the MABDR at a latter time.
This got kinda long, but if you are still here - thanks.

Happy trails... :305:



 
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Re: Virginia Mountains & MABDR Leg 1
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2019, 12:47:33 AM »
You do a great job with the pictures and the narration. Thanks for putting all the work in and sharing the results!

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Re: Virginia Mountains & MABDR Leg 1
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 12:53:13 AM »
Thank you
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Re: Virginia Mountains & MABDR Leg 1
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 10:07:02 AM »
Thanks for sharing  :460:

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 11:38:32 AM »
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Re: Virginia Mountains & MABDR Leg 1
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2019, 02:15:05 PM »
Great pictures! Looks like it was a fun ride. You definitely were off the beaten path.
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Re: Virginia Mountains & MABDR Leg 1
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2019, 04:17:54 PM »
Thanks Harry. Close to your neck of the woods.
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