Might Disappear for Awhile…

As I have posted before, this has been a tough year for everyone. Now with knee surgery looming in a couple weeks, I want to make sure I go out with a blast. So I am planning a seven day ride from Alexandria, VA down to Blowing Rock, NC.

Sounds for this Post

This is one of the songs that kept rolling through my head as I was writing this post

The Route

The route is a blend of the TransVirginia and the Trans-WNC that I can start from the end of my driveway. It follows the majority of the TransVirginia route, but I made some small changes early on the route to add a couple of my favorite gravel miles instead of riding along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Path.

Rolling gravel roads through forested wetland and some beautiful farmland in Montgomery County, MD (also added to stay a little further away from people to be honest…)

The other change is the left turn in Whitetop, VA to pickup the Trans-WNC instead of continuing down the Virginia Creeper Trail down to Damascus.

My Rig

I’ll be riding one of my favorite bikes for this trip. Nothing flashy, some banged up Squid Spray paint, but rock solid rig that I trust to take me pretty much anywhere (I hope I didn’t just jinx myself).

Frame & ForkSalsa Fargo – First Generation
Front WheelMavic 827 Rim w/ SP PD-8 Dynamo Hub
Rear WheelMavic 827 Rim w/ Hope Pro 4
TiresContinental Race King 2.2
HandlebarsSurly Moloko. Bar
CranksetRace Face XC – 30t
PedalsRace Face Chester Platform
CassetteShimano XT 11-36t w/ Wolf Creek 42t
DerailluerShimano XT
BrakesShimano XT
ShifterShimano XT Hydro Disc
SaddleWTB Rocket Race
SeatpostThomson ElIte
StemSalsa Guide Stem
Front BagRevelate Designs Sweatroll
Frame BagRevelate Designs Tangle
Seat BagSalsa EXP
Accessory BagsRevelate Designs Fuel Cell, Jerrycan, and Mountain Feedbag
CagesKing Water Bottle Cages (on frame)
Salsa EXP Anything Cages (drilled to fit fork)


Having a dynamo front hub is making access to power and lighting easier than some of my past trips. The hub paired with the Sinewave Cycles Beacon light will allow me to charge up a USB battery pack so I have power for the nights when power is not available for my phone, watch, and earbuds. But I am not going to be 100% free of batteries on this trip, I am not comfortable with the testing I did running my eTrex off a USB battery and the Spot Gen4 supposedly can run off a USB, but I haven’t looked into it yet.

Front LightSinewave Cycles Beacon
Tail LightCateye Blinky
TrackerSpot Gen4
GPSGarmin eTrex 20
Battery BlockAnker Powercore 10,000
Head LampBlack Diamond Storm
Other StuffCables for phone and watch, Skullcandy Indy Fuel Ear Buds

I will follow this post up with my sleeping kit, gear list, and food when that gets finalized tonight.

Anyone else going to be out there? If you aren’t going to be on the trail, please follow along with me on Trackleaders (I am listed under the Individual Time Trial Section) and Instagram.

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