Sunday Slush ride

A group of 7 mountain bikers ventured north on Sunday to the North Mountain Trail in hopes of finding ridable conditions and celebrate a birthday of one Lindsey Carpenter.  The North Mountain Trail is a trail along the VA/WV state line on Great North Mountain, (so leave your felonious friends at home).  We rode the section of ridge just above Orkney Springs and Bryce resort.  With a predicted temperature in the 60's and 6 inches of snow on the ground we knew one thing, we were guaranteed to get wet!

Nate and Collin cresting the ridge with WV in their dust.

Nate and Collin cresting the ridge with WV in their dust.

After climbing for almost an hour up Crooked Run on the slush, that hours earlier was ice, we found ourselves atop Great North Mountain, ready to ride the ridge south.  Unsure of the conditions up at this elevation we were all nervous to hit the trail.  The first mile of trail was slush soup, soaking us, but with temperatures already approaching 50 it was a refreshing wet.  The snow was actually incredibly soft from the warm temperatures, creating wet but very ridable conditions on the ridge.  As we headed south we found less snow and more smiles every mile we went.

The Birthday girl Lindsey finding the snowless line on the ridge

The Birthday girl Lindsey finding the snowless line on the ridge

Adam Williams making a beeline for the A line

Adam Williams making a beeline for the A line

David Taylor trying to keep his bike dry. HAHA

David Taylor trying to keep his bike dry. HAHA

Collin rode a wheelie the entire ridge never touching his front tire to the white slush.

Collin rode a wheelie the entire ridge never touching his front tire to the white slush.

A well balanced rider tight roping the off camber trail

A well balanced rider tight roping the off camber trail

It was so warm that Lindsey decided to ride in just her safety vest.

It was so warm that Lindsey decided to ride in just her safety vest.

What a great way to spend a Sunday, 20 miles of mountain biking with good friends and no mechanicals! If you would like to ride some of the best mildly technical ridge around with killer views Check out our route here