I love base mile rides most of the time. In the early portion of the season you’re still channeling those awesome late season and winter rides where you got nowhere to be, nothing to be doing, just riding for the ride. And if the weather cooperates;which it hasn’t in Roanoke lately, you can have some seriously RAD rides.
I spent a few hours on the new Stache SS with one of my all time favorite riding goons: Brian “Ansel Twaine Buck Man” Marshal. Brian and I hooted and hollered through mostly legal trails around the Roanoke Volcano Lair known as Mill Mtn. I dont know that there is a Secret Volcano Lair under that star, but I suspect there is…why else would there be a star. I also dont know that there isnt a secret volcano lair under there, which is as good as. If I could only ever ride Mill mtn and the surrounding trails I would be a happy little bicycler. Its some excellent quality stuff. Its an incredible shame some of those “surrounding” trails arent bicycle legal yet. Ive heard theyre rad.
Regarding those trails theres been a lot of issues opening them because of their proximity to Parkway boundaries. Theres also been a ton of down trees and brush that has caused those “legal” trail users to divert and make their own paths through, over, around, or even tunnel into the volcano lair in order to circumvent the downage. I dig that The Man (read: park ranger) wants those trails to be maintained, I understand that, but the reality is those bad boys would be buffer, clearer, safer, and sounder if only for some fat tire access. Proof: