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PostSubject: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:58 am

Rode from Bramwell Friday and Saturday. The snow was this deep:



But is was 'soft'. It blew right out of the way and didn't hang you up.



I did choose to go around this drift.




You can't tell from the photo but as I searched for Windmill Gap Road Friday morning, I found many indications HF is busy in there.



The group:



The house:



When I went to WalMart Friday morning it was just before 7 and 3 degrees. When I turned off of 52, the temp was -1. I didn't even know it would show negative numbers! Before the others arrived, I went to Crumpler and had a cup of coffee with Ferrel and Shirley @Mountain Top. If you're curious, 15 miles one way.

After getting in at close to 10 PM FRiday night we were pretty iced up Sat morning. Spent a little time with One Dave's heat gun. By the time we reached the steps, the machines were clear. Good thing too. It wasn't all that long before we needed the winch.




Creek run aside, it was great riding. The big lesson here was STAY OFF THE CREEK TRAILS when the ice is thin!

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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:02 am

Great report Looks like fun
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:44 am

Nice pics Lee...Looks like you all had a good time
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:49 am

Cold, but really Nice Pictures... Shocked

Thanks for sharing your ride report.

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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:17 am

I had a great time. The main goal was to ride in January. Now I've ridden in WV all 12 months. That took 8-9 years to accomplish! Now that I've got that behind me I can settle in and just ride. I will say Jan and Feb were BY FAR the coldest and probably wont show up on the to do list again for a long, long time!
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:39 am

Nice pics, Lee. Looked like a blast.
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:42 am

Nice Pics indeed. Any troubles with the bikes starting??? Fuel Injection is a great invention!
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:45 am

No issues with the quad starting. I was surprised. And slopoke? Those mitts used in conjuction with the new hand / thumb warmer package were the absolute BOMB. Other riders in the group would take turns warming their hands up when we were stopped. That was just plain 'ole awesome...
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:07 pm

Good report Lee. Liked the pictures. Having the right gear can make or break a ride in winter time.

I can't say I'd wanna ride in single digit temps, I have rode in the teens before but that's about my limit.

Was that a creek crossing or a mudhole you two busted thru?
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:52 pm

Lee wrote:
I had a great time. The main goal was to ride in January. Now I've ridden in WV all 12 months. That took 8-9 years to accomplish! Now that I've got that behind me I can settle in and just ride. I will say Jan and Feb were BY FAR the coldest and probably wont show up on the to do list again for a long, long time!
I assume this was a "bucket list" priority? Can anyone else out there boast the same? Class? Anyone?! Anyone?!
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:54 pm

I live here and cannot say that I have...but I have stayed overnight in a Holiday Inn Express!
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:17 pm

A goal. One I set after I realized I had only a few left. It didn't start out as a plan.

That was a mudhole Dave and I sat in. Kind of ironic that it's one I ALWAYS go around in the summer. The two guys ahead of me made it across. I was the first one that didn't! CRACK!

It warmed up throughout the time I was there. It probably made 30 or so Friday (briefly)and was 37 when I pulled out Saturday afternoon. If you weren't out in the open or up high, it wasn't bad.
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:18 pm

If I count riding from the barn to the house then yeah I have ridden wv in all 12 months LOL I think all I lack is November and Feb to make that list
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:16 pm

Enjoyed the pictures and ride report
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:28 am

Hey there Lee. I have made it to HM all 12 also. I like riding in the winter better that Aug. heat and dust!
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:40 pm

I guess we'll have to start a club or something! "The Yearrounders" or "12monthers" maybe... NOT!!! I do like cooler weather riding better myself. You can see more stuff, dust usually isnt as bad (not as many people?), and no bugs!!
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:50 pm

Dj when Lee said he rode wv...dont take that to mean he rode H/M Smile hes a pirate at heart LOL
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:10 pm

Well alright Bob. As long as he's a Pirate!
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:16 pm

Guess I'll have to check out my list of previous WV dates and see if I make the cut
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:01 am




Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:07 pm

wacker wrote:
Guess I'll have to check out my list of previous WV dates and see if I make the cut

Nope... out of all my trips I'm missing Feb. and Aug.
figure that's the coldest and the hottest (dusty) months.
The list brought back some great memories though,
between 2004-2010 were 36 visits, I've tried to keep
track of what, when, where, who; along with lodging info.

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PostSubject: Re: January 2011 - The Cold Month...   Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:33 pm

I will pass along for all the local areas you frequent...you are appreciated guys!!
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