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    Default 2019 Vsalon Nomads ride

    2019 Vsalon Nomads ride

    Location: Michaux SF, PA
    What: A gathering of the VSalon Nomads.
    Why: NATURE G-DAMNIT!!!

    It's on: June 7 (friday arrive) to June 10 (depart in the morning)
    Soon we will announce specific details for making camping reservations.
    The camp site is fantastic, has: showers, elect. , water at each site. RVs, Trailers and Tents allowed.
    To be part of this you must camp no exceptions unless you live nearby and bring alot of beer.
    There is only ONE first time for anything. This is it.

    To help set the mood read on....

    Plan on bringing your A game. Friday we will stretch the legs and test/tune to make sure nobody has parts falling off your bike. Saturday we leave NLT 9 for 100 miles of 90%+ gravel / mixed terrain riding in and around Michaux SF. Plan on about 100' gain for each mile. It is a no joke ride with zero support, you must be self sufficient in terms of repairs/food/water/fitness. You must have a GPS that works and know how to use it. The ride might take 10 hrs. plan accordingly. There will be clean water at some point...details to follow. *Very important and I will repeat this nonstop. Nobody rides alone dot period each and every one of us knows how that works.

    Tires and gearing deserve a special note: yes. Kidding. Don't even think about doing this on less than 32, 35 with a bit of tread is just right. Gearing is your call, I'm running compact 32X40. It is a long day.

    Sunday, if there is anything left of you, we will pretend to do a small road ride.
    Monday is leaving day :(

    Other things to consider:
    -Local farms are outtasight
    -Campers who share food go to heaven twice.
    Last edited by Too Tall; 12-14-2018 at 10:30 PM.

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    Default Re: 2019 Vsalon Nomads ride

    Reservations for RV/Tent camping:
    Pine Grove Furnace SP, PA
    Camping at PINE GROVE FURNACE STATE PARK, PA

    Reserve any of these sites:
    Sites 66 and 68 are electric sites.
    Sites 71, 72, and 74 are non-electric good for tents or to save a penny.
    These are not pet friendly however there are such avail. near where we are clustered.

    Report back with your reservations and please get on it so we have this buttoned up.

    *This is the first of many to come. VSNomad tattoos will be available onsite. BYO bic pen

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    I will be in the big red van and Airstream trailer on site 67. Don't plan on waiting till the last minute to book a site. This is a popular state park and typically is sold out weeks if not months in advance.

    Josh is not kidding about the gearing. A few climbs late in the day will see sections with a percent grade in the high teens. I plan to have a 34x34 low gear and will definitely need it at a few spots. The vast majority of the riding will be on forest service roads. A few short sections of singletrack might be thrown in to make sure you are paying attention.
    Dan Bare

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    Default Re: 2019 Vsalon Nomads ride

    excellent. i need some motivation.

    site 71 booked for the weekend.

    if all else fails, i'll keep the beer cold and the fires burning at camp.

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    Default Re: 2019 Vsalon Nomads ride

    so tempted but 7 + hrs from Boston :(
     

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    Default Re: 2019 Vsalon Nomads ride

    Most excellent.

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    Default Re: 2019 Vsalon Nomads ride

    Quote Originally Posted by marley View Post
    so tempted but 7 + hrs from Boston :(
    worth the drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaMtbRider View Post
    worth the drive
    The scheming has commenced...
     

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    Default Re: 2019 Vsalon Nomads ride

    100 miles and no place to refill water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joosttx View Post
    100 miles and no place to refill water?
    We will pass at least 3-4 places to refill water from local sources. One place will be a store to load up on supplies. Water will be stashed strategically the day before as needed.
    Dan Bare

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    Quote Originally Posted by joosttx View Post
    100 miles and no place to refill water?
    this aint marin. we're a little tougher out here:)

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    Default Re: 2019 Vsalon Nomads ride

    Dan is too nice, yeah yeah of course there will be a plan. Geeze.

    We plan to do some tune up rides between now and than. You are welcome to join.

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    Default Re: 2019 Vsalon Nomads ride

    Bumping this back up to make sure everybody is getting early season base miles in for this ride. If 100 miles of gravel biking is not enough for you, the Pine Grove Furnace 1/2 marathon trail run is the same day and starts less than a mile from the campground.
    Dan Bare

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    I'm in. Site 48 (needed a pet site). No idea what my fitness will be, so might do the "big ride" or just something road or shorter, depending. Willing to sag etc. Will make a big batch of gumbo or jambalya for one nite once we know how many we have. Will have popup and a large diesel supercrew.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaMtbRider View Post
    Bumping this back up to make sure everybody is getting early season base miles in for this ride. If 100 miles of gravel biking is not enough for you, the Pine Grove Furnace 1/2 marathon trail run is the same day and starts less than a mile from the campground.
    Dan and Josh - I have a cabin in the forest about a mile from the campground (where I'm writing this from, incidentally). Happy to help out as needed. DM/Josh has my email.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoB View Post
    Dan and Josh - I have a cabin in the forest about a mile from the campground (where I'm writing this from, incidentally). Happy to help out as needed. DM/Josh has my email.
    Joe you are on. Can't really think of anything we'd need other than your fanny on a bike seat for some riding.


    glepore <<< DEWD welcome to the show! I have two sites reserved, one pet and other is in the group area. If I have my dog we'll have to schedule some dog down play time. Bring your A game it is a long day but not something impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post


    glepore <<< DEWD welcome to the show! I have two sites reserved, one pet and other is in the group area. If I have my dog we'll have to schedule some dog down play time. Bring your A game it is a long day but not something impossible.
    Thanks. I sorta think you oughta trailer your Carrera and me mine. I have an '85 with an aftermarket turbo and haven't driven a watercooled pcar other than a boxster and cayman.
    I moved to c'ville last year and in between that and remodel and horses (oh my!) my fitness is at an all time low. You did inspire me to do a full hour of nonstop sweetspot today, but we'll see...
     

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    Not sure about the gravel 100 as I only have a road bike and a 29er fully. could you send me the ride sheet when you have it? I'm imagining piney mtn.ridge --> Teaberry--> back mostly via Ridge, with lots of detours.

    But I am always good to cook up some good food and bring some good beer!

    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    Joe you are on. Can't really think of anything we'd need other than your fanny on a bike seat for some riding.


    glepore <<< DEWD welcome to the show! I have two sites reserved, one pet and other is in the group area. If I have my dog we'll have to schedule some dog down play time. Bring your A game it is a long day but not something impossible.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoB View Post
    Not sure about the gravel 100 as I only have a road bike and a 29er fully. could you send me the ride sheet when you have it? I'm imagining piney mtn.ridge --> Teaberry--> back mostly via Ridge, with lots of detours.

    But I am always good to cook up some good food and bring some good beer!
    Fair enough. If you can fit 32s you are good to go. Look forward to this.
    GLEPORE >>> We definitely could have a Pcar weekend riding/driving sounds like a plan. We'll have to talk offline.
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    Default Re: 2019 Vsalon Nomads ride

    Quote Originally Posted by marley View Post
    so tempted but 7 + hrs from Boston :(
    Eh? 23 hours from me.....hopefully this goes well and there’s a second version a little more south or west.
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