Took a trip over the weekend to do some MTB'ing up in some mountains.
Left with 2 friends Thursday, arrived at our good friend's cabin near Tsali, NC late in the afternoon. After dinner we went out and did a night ride on Thompson Loop at Tsali. The next morning we rode Left Loop at Tsali, and then went over behind NOC and rode Flint Ridge. Got a few showers in the afternoon so we stayed at the cabin, and then went back to NOC and watched some kayakers and rafters on the Nahtahala River, and had dinner at a restaurant on the river. The weather cleared up, so we went out and rode the Right Loop at Tsali for a night ride.
Saturday morning we rode Mouse Branch Loop at Tsali, then loaded up and headed over to Ocoee Whitewater Center in TN. We rode a bunch there for the rest of the afternoon, and then jumped in the river afterwards. That is one cold river! After this we went to another friends cabin east of Blue Ridge, GA.
Sunday morning we went to Bull Mtn and put in a tough 17 and some change ride. Grabbed some lunch, then we rode some trails close to Blue Ridge that are part of the Aska trail network. We rode Flat Creek trail, talk about mis-named! When we got back to the parking lot there was a lady there whose husband and 2 young daughters that were overdue from a hike. We told her we were going to run a short trail, Green Mountain, and if they hadn't showed up we would ride in and look for them. We got back to the parking lot and she had left us a note that they hadn't showed and she was up the trail where her cell phone worked. So we climbed back up to her, and then went up this extremely difficult trail. After nearly an hour of continuos climbing we got to a junction of the trail where we had to turn back due to failing light. So we rolled back to the parking lot, and luckily enough the hikers had found a rode and someone gave them a ride back to the parking lot. Those little girls were tired! On was 7, the other 3!
So that ended a great weekend of riding. Total mileage was 96.75 miles. What an incredible experience!