I'll be riding the Thurmond Epic this Saturday. Ride will start at Petersburg at 8am. We'll go east first to West Dam and back, pit stop at the cars to top off bottles/packs/etc, then off to Keg/Mistletoe.
Things to keep in mind: -Big Boy & Girl Rules - you are responsible for yourself, bring food, water, and a map if you don't know the route. -Ride Your Own Pace - this is NOT a no-drop group ride. If you're fast, you don't have to wait on anyone. If you're slow, don't expect anyone to wait on you.
Longest ride I've done in a while and I was WHIPPED at the end. There was a 50k trail run going on as well, so stopping for those guys and gals slowed us down a good bit the first 2hrs or so of the ride.
Brian and Ross rode part of the route with us, and Dean and I did the whole thing. Both Dean and I were on 29er single speeds, but he was using a monster 32x16 gear!!
I made some pretty awesome rice cakes. Andes mint chocolate with either strawberries or blueberries. Very tasty.
I didn't take many pics on the ride. This is at the Mistletoe State Park office, 40 miles down, about 22 to go.
Rain earlier in the week filled up the creeks. There's a few like this you can usually ride, but when they're wet, they are insanely slick. I got to see my kneecap once when I slipped and fell walking one similar to this...