May 2nd, 2006
HATFIELD McCOY TRAIL SYSTEM
LITTLE COAL RIVER TRAIL
After driving 16 hours from home, we're finally there..
16 hours is quite a drive, but, as you get closer you'll notice unmistakable signs that
tell you your almost there:
TOP TEN WAYS TO KNOW YOUR IN WEST-VIRGINIA:
You know your in West-Virginia when:
- your in a valley and the only way to see the sky is straigth over your head (surrounded
- all the small towns look the same: a mountain, the road, a row of house, the river, the
railroad track, a mountain...
- cars are parked on the sidewalk (no place to put them, because of the mountains)...
- to get from one town to the next, you have to go up-hill then down-hill and around sharp
hairpin switchbacks (over and around mountains)...
- you continually see big trucks hauling coal (coming from the mountains)...
- the roads are all grey from the mountains of coal being hauled around...
- the weather changes every 15 minutes (because of... the mountains), very easy to
predict: partly cloudy with risks of showers...
- driking alcohol in public is prohibited. (While kids play "hide and seek",
adults play "hide and sip".)...(absolutely nothing to do with the mountains)
- there's no bars...
- but most of all, YOU KNOW YOU'RE IN WEST-VIRGINIA WHEN YOU MEET TONS OF WONDERFUL AND
ARE WE THERE YET?
YOU KNOW YOU'RE GETTING CLOSE TO THE HATFIELD-McCOY TRAILS WHEN:
- all the quads are the same color (brown), there's no such thing as a chrome wheel...
- you see guys doing the laundry with a pressure washer...
- there's more quads then cars in the restaurant's parking lot...
- there's a boot-brush instead of a welcome mat at the local Wendy's...
- you see a cop waving to a helmetless guy riding on the street...
- all the pressure "car-washes" are located near trailheads...
- and finally, you know you've made it to the Hatfield-McCoy trails when you see half a
dozen mud covered riders taking their wallets out of "ziploc" bags at the local
First trailhead - we're off (last time we'll ride clean quads, for a while)
Trails are generally narrow and in a dense forest.
For a quick lunch the ''kitchen'' is great.
The nice ''spot'' of the day.
Some locals told us they don't use that trail system 'cause: too many rules, such as no
beer, no camping along the trails, no fires. Plus, add $77US for a 7 day permit.
But, that's the way it is, and we can live with it.
a quick lunch the ''kitchen'' is great.
The various compartments give us easy acces to everything we need, to prepare our
lunch, like: pots and pans, plates, utensiles, cups, stove, etc...
We built that ''kitchen'' according to our needs. Dust and water tight,... shock proof.
The aluminium door, once opened is used as a table. Easy to clean, just wipe it off.
This is our firt test of this outfit: conclusion, perfect. Would'nt ride without
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To see a list of all the
tricks and infos,
- 40 miles (feels like 100 miles)
- 6 hours
- $79 US permit for 7 days
- 1 gal. gaz
Mountainl trails go up then go down then up again...
''moderate'' trails offer a good level of challenge taking into account
the amount of stuff we carry and the trailer we're hauling.
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