Had a great ride in Sanderson this past Saturday and the weather was perfect. The sun was shinning and the temperature started at 16 degrees but by lunch it was up to 24 and once we made it back to the parking area it was 34 degrees. There was no snow at the parking area but as soon as we got to the top of Gibson's Hill we ran in snow just about all day.
The ride took us through the "Head of Campbell Creek" past the Confederate Grave, crossed Kelleys Creek and over the ridge and down into Cannelton Hollow where we did some exploring and had some lunch. The trip back was filled with exploring some new trails and as many miles and years I have spent riding out there I always tend to find a new trail now and then and this ride was no different.
The group of riders that showed up Saturday were the usually rowdy bunch, there was a total of four (4) of us, Bart, Me, Myself and I. You can see from the picture below that Myself took a picture of Me during one of the "trail side bonding" stops without permission/notice. Yes, harsh words were exchanged after the picture was taken but such is life.
The wildlife report is as follows, jumped 6 or 7 turkeys and saw/chased one large Coyote which had a gorgeous winter pelt that would have made a nice coat, well he and a few of his friends pelts would make a nice coat.
Riding conditions were great in the morning, everything was frozen solid and you could fly through the mud holes and only had to slow down in the corners enough to get your speed down before entering so you could power through the corners and have your front wheels do the pulling. The afternoon was a different story, where the sun was shinning the frozen dirt was now sticky mud and greasy in some areas. We still pushed it and some curves we came into had long stretches of ice where water from the hill side spring had frozen making the curve an ice rink. Several times tragedy was barely avoided.
All in all it was a good ride, sorry we did not reset the Trip Odometer but my guess is it was rather short, maybe 60 miles or less. I did get my winch and doors installed on the car before the ride and I will say the doors make it nice. The winch is a necessity when riding alone, I admit I have turned around a couple of times on single track instead of trying to make it through the mud hole by myself and without a winch.
The "Group" picture below is the crew from Saturday's ride.
Have a great week and hope to see you on the trail.