Kyle’s recap of his first trip to Douthat State Park. It was a perfect weekend with great trails and good friends!
Last night we had an awesome time at Pale Fire Brewing hearing from Adam and Jess about their adventures from this past summer on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. We'll recap that soon, but in the meantime we wanted to also highlight another friend of the shop, who did the route right on the heels of Adam and Jess.
David Landis and his family do not shy away from big adventures. As a family they did the GDMBR and they captured the entire story on their blog.
Check it out!
We are very, very excited to have launched our Bluestone Bike and Run Shuttle Series in January!! Though it was our first attempt at providing this service we were pleasantly surprised at how seamlessly the event went.
Hats off to all the riders who were on time, respectful of the place, and super eager to ride!!
The North River Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest is by no means an easy place to ride bikes. It’s rocky, exposed, and very fast. The reaction I got from everybody when we crested the top of Reddish Knob was enough to put into perspective just how lucky we are to live where we live.
Backcountry singletrack is notorious for dishing out harsh blows. There’s a certain feel to being in a remote place on hard, technical terrain that is super inspiring though. I know personally I’m always wondering if the terrain is within my capabilities. With this in mind, I could feel the anticipation and excitement building in the van as we climbed up Reddish Knob. With each pass up the mountain I would remember my first time climbing up and then of course bombing down! I definitely was anxious.
When I would pick everybody up at the bottom at different times throughout the day I was inspired to hear stories of sweet moves or a crash, a flat tire, or a broken pinky. Everybody was very stoked. Being around enthusiastic, passionate people is almost as exciting as the riding itself.
Because the shuttle takes about 35 minutes, it gave us a nice window for everybody to get to know one another, swap stories, and of course, talk about bikes!
The drive up Reddish is unique in the fact that you can get a visual on the terrain you’ll be riding down. It was nice to have the time to talk about route options and also point out key places not to miss and fun little moves to explore.
Some folks would sit a lap out, enjoy their lunch at their pace, and hop on the next shuttle back to the top. The weather was beautiful so it was easy to sit one run out and enjoy the day.
About eight of the twenty four riders were able to get three trips down the mountain. Some riders took one lap, some got two. Everybody left happy, a little sore, but happy!
On behalf of everybody at Bluestone Bike and Run, We look forward to introducing more riders to our area as well as providing a service that gets folk out doing what they love.
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Looking for a new place to visit that is an easy drive from Harrisonburg? We've got just the place; a little over five hours south of Harrisonburg will put you in Asheville, NC. and Asheville should be at the top of your travel list.
I encourage the shop team to take long weekends for adventure at least once a quarter. Well I decided to take some of my own advice and chose to visit Asheville, NC this past weekend with Melissa. We had a blast doing all the "Asheville" things - breweries, drum circles, local food, tubing and sightseeing (including impressive people watching). However, one of my favorite parts of the trip was our time in DuPont State Forest. About 45 mins from downtown Asheville is Brevard, NC - where we entered DuPont State Forest.
DuPont has a crazy history, but it all boils down to being an exceptional state owned property. Some call it the "Land of Waterfalls" and it definitely lives up to its name.
On Sunday morning, my biking buddies and I set out to ride some of their favorite trails in DuPont. The girls were going to spend the morning drinking coffee on the porch and planned to meet us later for lunch and an afternoon waterfall hike.
We arrived at one of the a few parking lots at around 10am to find probably 25 other people ready to ride. The car parked next to us was a family from Ohio, clearly prepping for a hike. The dad asked us if there was some sort of biking event today, my buddy Ulrick replied, "Everyday is a biking event here!" and from my short time in the area, I'd say he was spot on. Everyday was a great day for biking and everyday you'd find a lot of people riding.
Even though there were many other riders in the parking lot we all seemed to take off down different trails. We took a short trail that more or less looped around the parking lot to warm up our legs and then set off to begin climbing our way up to a place called Cedar Rocks. It's one of the high points of the forest and has a ton of slick rock, which makes it look sort of like the moon's surface (if you look past the vegetation...). It was my first time seeing slick rock and it was really fun to ride.
At the top we picked some blueberries and choose one of three trails to head down. I was glad I brought one of the shop's demo Santa Crux 5010s as the trail was a little rough on the way down. The bike made both the ascent and decent effortless.
We eventually ended back at the truck and did a quick change into hiking clothes (which for me was a change of shoes and removing my bibs). My Endura Hummvee Lite shorts made for a great post ride short and ended up being a great bathing suit as well!
We connected with the girls and saw 4 waterfalls within a 2 mile stretch. At the uppermost waterfall there was a natural rock slide. I was hesitant to take the plunge at first, but after my first slide I was back for more. The water was extremely refreshing and the rock wasn't as nearly as rough as I imagined!
After the hike we hopped in the cars for a short drive to Oskar Blues Brewery and enjoyed some burgers, peanuts, beers and live music.
Although we were in town for just a little more than 48 hours every moment of it was an adventure and I can't wait to do it again. So take my advice and make a trip to Asheville and certainly make the drive to DuPont State Forest while you're there.
Stop in the shop for pointers in specific trails and sites to see!
We're happy to start leading some amazing cycling tours in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley!
We've done the work and are happy to announce our first scheduled event on Saturday, July 9th.
This specific event will be a 50 mile road ride combined with a wine tour and tasting at Bluestone Vineyard. We'll meet at the shop at 9am, cruise 30ish miles and arrive at Bluestone Vineyard around noon for a special tour and tasting, accompanied by a wonderful meal from Heritage Bakery and Cafe. After an hour or so stop at the vineyard, we'll hop back on our bikes fueled for the 20 mile ride back to Harrisonburg.
The route is scenic and avoids major elevation changes; however, it's designed to be challenging in a fun way. At all times we'll have two ride leaders and a support van following the group.
Please spread the word and let's gather a great group of people for our inaugural ride!
Price: $120/person (includes pre-ride coffee and snacks, lunch, tasting, special gift, dedicated ride leaders and a support van)