Yes, that's a bear track. We rode the Jasus Creek Forest Service road loop from Woody's shop in search of bears. We saw tons of signs - tracks and scat all over the road, and even heard one crashing through the underbrush, but no actual sightings. Maybe next week!
This past weekend was one we were looking forward to for quite some time. Vmac and Tiff were coming up and bringing the bikes for some trail riding, and we were really ready to hit the trails. The weather has not been kind to cyclists, so we were hoping for a break. Vonnie foreshadowed the weekend in an email several weeks ago claiming there would probably be a "weather event" this weekend, but he was bringing his bike anyway. It was an epic weather weekend for sure - there was snow on the ground in 49 out of 50 states. I'm not sure when that has occured before, I certainly can't remember it happening in my lifetime.
After a leisurely morning and lunch on Saturday that saw snows melting in our neck of the woods, I told Suzy to get kitted up - we were headed to Jack Rabbit to give the trails a try. I figured there would still be snow on the ground there, and before the thaw and slop got too bad to ride in, we were off for an adventure.
As you can see, there was LOTS of snow on the trails. It's very different riding in snow - you can't see hidden obstacles, or know for sure exactly where the trail bed is. Luckily, there were 2 other crazy guys that were just finishing a loop as we were starting, and I prayed they picked good lines, as I used their tire tracks as a guide. In the spots where the trail was protected under trees, or that was exposed to the sunshine, it was extremely wet, so we got covered in mud, but had a great ride.
I hate that Vonnie and Tiffanie couldn't meet up with us for the ride, but it wasn't in the cards. Their plans were all jacked up from the weather, and we just couldn't connect. If we had waited until Sunday to try and ride, the trails would have been a huge sloppy mess and we probably would have done some damage to the trails by riding them. As it was, I don't think we hurt them at all, and we had a blast. Not very often that we in the South get a chance to do something like this, so it was a lot of fun, and we got to ride our bikes finally!
Saturday we had cabin fever from all the rain, so we bundled up in the afternoon and headed over to hike around Unicoi. Betsy had not been to Anna Ruby Falls yet, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to see them with all the recent rains. It was lightly snowing when we left the house, and was snowing pretty decently by the time we got to the parking lot at the base of the falls trail. The water flow was spectacular, and the trees provided some shelter from the wind and falling snow.
After we finished Anna Ruby, we stopped at the parking lot for Lake Unicoi and hiked that trail as well. Byt the time we were done it was 3:15pm and we hadn't had lunch, so we headed over to Nacoochee Tavern for some late lunch/early dinner pizza. Not a bad day to be outside if you were dressed for it!
The weather outside has been frightful, and with more rain/sleet/snow in the immediate forecast, I nutted up, suited up, and tackled the neighborhood climb after work. We've been walking it and partially jogging it, but I needed some saddle time in a BIG way. Not a long ride, but a ride none the less! Cheers!
OK, so it's no secret that the weather has sucked for bike riding this winter. Beautiful during the work week, raining or sleeting or snowing on the weekends. Apparently, I am not the only one who feels this way. Apparently, Hitler wants to ride his mountain bike as well!
This hilarious video was posted on the SORBA forums by a member. Too funny!
We had the opportunity to go see an American icon this past weekend. Willie Nelson came to Hiawassee and the Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds. It was a great time, a 2900 seat venue with church pew bench style seating. We had straight away seats, about 4 rows from the back of the venue. Fred and Tammy came up from Florida to visit and catch the show, and we were trying hard to have a good time. I say trying, because the yahoos behind us kept talking and cackling in stereo right behind me. After listening to their inane drivel and laughter for about a quarter of the show, I finally turned around and said, "Ma'am, PLEASE, we are trying to hear the show!" That shut them up for a bit, but they started mouthing off about 3/4 of the way through the show, so Suzy turned around and snapped a shot of them for kicks. They made some comments about the "NOISE POLICE" always following them around where ever they go. News flash - if you get told to SSHHH everywhere you go, maybe YOU are the problem!
Anyway, if you find yourself seated next to these yahoos, do yourself a favor and find another seat!