Wild and Wonderful with friends

On Sunday, a group of us decided to spend the day on road bikes on an epic route over into West Virginia.    It was David Taylor, Myself, Kurt Rosenberger, and one of the bluestone ambassadors Brad Fiala.  The route we picked was to go over 33 into Brandywine WV, north to a wicked steep dirt pass up and over back into north west Rockingham county.  check out the route HERE!

David Taylor at the top of the climb on the state line looking west at the rains headed our way.

David Taylor at the top of the climb on the state line looking west at the rains headed our way.

After we reached the top of the climb we saw rain clouds dumping and headed our way.  So we quickly descended to the bottom of the mountain and into Brandywine.   After discussing the fact that our usual refuel station had closed we opted to give Sueys BBQ a try.  Not only was the food amazing but they had a nice canvass awning for us to sit under to wait out the rain and enjoy our lunch.  After the 20 minute down poor we were back on the bikes and ready to head north on the rain soaked roads.

The Gas station is closed in Brandywine WV. However there is a "food truck" called Sueys BBQ in Brandywine with delicious pulled pork, fries and soda!

The Gas station is closed in Brandywine WV. However there is a "food truck" called Sueys BBQ in Brandywine with delicious pulled pork, fries and soda!

We found succulents growing just over the mountain into West Virginia, proving how diverse the Flora are in our region.

We found succulents growing just over the mountain into West Virginia, proving how diverse the Flora are in our region.

A mandatory stop for a dip in a mountain stream to cool down.

A mandatory stop for a dip in a mountain stream to cool down.

Camp run is a super steep dirt and shale road that crosses a 1 foot deep creek three times before shooting straight up the mountain with pitches that are almost 20%.  At the top there are spectacular views, a private farm with acres of pristine grass and a ripping descent back into Bergton, VA.   From Bergton we took country roads out to VA 259, where we had to paceline a few busy miles of road before making our final approach into Harrisonburg over Hopkins gap.

Looking south west into West Virginia from the top of camp run.

Looking south west into West Virginia from the top of camp run.

Pristine green grass and smooth dirt roads above 3000 Feet. 

Pristine green grass and smooth dirt roads above 3000 Feet. 

Another shot of manicured grass at the top of the mountain.

Another shot of manicured grass at the top of the mountain.

One more mountain top view. its a shame the country's so ugly around these parts.

One more mountain top view. its a shame the country's so ugly around these parts.