Did I Mention that WV is the Mountain State?!

Trip Start Mar 09, 2013
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Trip End Mar 10, 2030


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Flag of United States  , West Virginia
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Could it be that the West Virginia mascot or the State nickname wasn't enough to figure this out? Wow, did we ever do some climbing today.
We began the morning lookig out the tent entrance to the misty-fog that is West Virginia. The Allegheny Highlands Trail awaited us. Even better, a coasting downhill section awaited us.
We'd spent a warm night even though the tent is soaking wet. We even got a paved section around Parsons. First land battle of the Civil War was fought in this area.
Then came The Blackwater Trail.
All the potential of 9 miles of rail grade riding above the Blackwater River. We soon found the extent and reach of Superstorm Sandy. Trees and their attendant huge trunks covering the trail. A few volunteers were there with chainsaws and they warned us that the trail had not been cleared. Our egos would not allow us to turn back. How would we get around these mountains if we couldn't use the trail? We trudged on.
The hope that it would improve was soon dissipated, but we pushed on for another two miles. Pushing would be a poor term to use. We were actually teaming up to lift and carry our bikes over logs that seemed to get increasingly larger. We weren't able to ride our bikes for even a ten foot section. With our bruised pride between our legs we finally had to turn around. We would have been at least 2 days to even get the next 6 miles.
We met an older traveling couple in a park and they recommended a river road for us to follow. Turned out beautiful. But, it only lasted 10 or so miles. The rest was pure, steep climbing.
We met farmer/rancher Mark White along a ridge top. We exchanged stories of "bad brothers" after the death of his father this year. It seems that all the hard work of "The Greatest Generation" has been left to a bunch of whining greeds.
The end of the day rewarded us with a wonderful resort known as Canaan State Park.
Fortunate day's end.
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