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(Sorry if these pics aren't working, I forgot to lower my camera's resolution. If you get red X's or less than desirable pics I'll work on them again when I have some time.)

The second annual Slatyfork Shuffle has commenced and a good time was had by all. I arrived Wednesday morning and grabbed a large campsite next to Tea Creek. As I was trying to figure out how to construct my new tent (dubbed the "Taj Mahal" by Hecklerboy) Chili pulled in, followed shorthly after by Capt. Phun. As Wednesday afternoon passed we were graced with the presence of RickinAla, Hecklerboy, LowCel, BikeBreath, CrashedandBurned and GRider. We spent the afternoon getting reacquainted with old friends and getting to know new ones. We spent the evening watching the Fire Channel and responsibly enjoying refreshing beverages.

A rather chilly Wednesday night turned into a foggy Thursday morning, but the sun soon popped out, burnt off the fog, and a beautiful day presented itself. After breakfast the group headed out. Starting at a picturesque overlook along the Highland Scenic Highway we rolled over to the Gauley Mt. Trailhead and struck out across Gauley Mt, eventually turning left onto Bear Pen Trail. In this first photo, BikeBreath becomes a blur descending the final rocky pitch towards the Tea Creek crossing. As it turned out, the descent "knocked the [email protected]" out of BikeBreath.

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As the group rested and refreshed at Tea Creek, a member who shall remain nameless regaled us with stories of his hygiene-challenged ex-wife. Believe me, you don't want to know. We crossed Tea Creek and headed up Boundary Trail. After topping out on Boundary we were treated to a spectacular view overlooking the Tea Creek drainage. Here, Chili and BikeBreath catch their breath and a brief snack at the overlook.

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The last mile of Boundary was more like a free ride, as finding the trail was almost as difficult as riding the trail. I was prepared to take a beating after exiting Boundary, but instead was greeted with smiles all around. Realizing I was riding with a bunch of demented masochists, I knew the rest of the planned rides would be acceptable to all. We regrouped and headed back to camp by blazing down the 4.5 mile Bannock Shoals Trail, which was, in case any of you bothered to notice, ALL DOWNHILL.

Thursday night our little soiree was completed with the arrival of JM03, JackFromNC, and BMF. More campground silliness ensued.

Friday's ride began the same, warming up the legs along Gauley Mt. Trail. Friday was planned to be a hyper-technical ride-fest so we turned left onto the infamous Red Run Trail. Here, RickinAla wheels through the first turn on Red Run:

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Followed closely by Capt. Phun:

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About a half mile later LowCel discovered that the Stan's No Tube system would be more effective if he actually had any of the sealant jizz in the tire. The desire for increased traction at the expense of sufficient tire pressure would lead to many pinch flats through the shuffle, although LowCel set the pace that day with 3 in about a mile. The flats were the least of LowCel's problems however; after the ride his rear wheel wobbled like a drunken Weeble and his freewheel was slipping. Diagnosis: Cracked rear hub.

After exiting Red Run I snapped this pic of BikeBreath:

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We started out on Right Fork and the skies opened up. I'm not sure that I've ever ridden through such a rain storm. It was horrendous. We re-grouped under a shelter after Right Fork and discussed the sensibilities of attempting the Tea Creek Mt. Trail descent in such weather. The mission was aborted and we headed down the highway and back to camp. Hours later the rain stopped and RickinAla and GRider showed their mettle by heading out to spin a loop around the Rimel area's Laurel Creek loop. The rest of us made a loop around the campfire.

Saturday's planned ride was Prop's Run, but I really wanted everyone to get to do Tea Creek Mt. We started off by doing Tea Creek Mt back to the campground, regrouped, and headed off towards Prop's Run. A couple of aching backs forced two of us to ride bar stools instead of saddles in the afternoon, certainly a drier choice than heading down Prop's. As if the downhill wasn't muddy enough already, it once again poured on us as we rode the 3 miles of forest road to the Prop's Extension trailhead. What fun. Saturday night we feasted on Buffalo Wings at the campground before heading rather quickly to bed.

Sunday came and it was time to wrap it up. Many were heading home since they were looking at long drives, sore bodies, and/or broken bikes. JackFromNC showed me a nice dent in the downtube of his Switchblade commenting, "I think I hit a rock along Red Run." Go figure&#8230;rocks on Red Run. Still, a gang of four (Capt. Phun, JackFromNC, BMF, and myself) headed over to the Rimel area for a delightfully less technical ride around Laurel Creek loop before saying our final goodbyes and parting company.

Thank you to all attendees for making the drives, and in GRider's case, flying in. It was great to see you again, or to meet you for the first time, whichever the case may be. Hope you all got home safely and I look forward to riding with all of you again.

Riders attending this year Shuffle came from:
Alabama (1), Maryland (2), Michigan (1), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (1), Washington D.C. (1), and West Virginia (3).

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Great write up! I'm still bummed that I had to bail early but I had a great time while I was there. BTW, before i went home on Saturday I stopped by my lbs. I promptly ordered new brake pads and a quart of Stans, hopefully that should hold me for a while. I also just received a call from my lfs, DT Swiss/Hugi is going to warranty my hub, they will even rebuild my wheelset for me. Only downside is that I am going to be without a mountain bike for about three weeks because of it.

Other than that I just got off of the phone with Michelin, they told me if I ordered 100 tubes at a time I would get a discount, I figure that will get me through next year's shuffle......now if I can just find some lighter tires! :D

Anywho, marking my calendar. I can't wait for the third annual Slatyfork Shuffle.
 

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Slatyfork Shuffle 04 was my first mtbr gathering.
I missed the first day which had the best weather.
On behalf of the North Carolina crew, we had a great
time and want thank everyone who hosted and attended.
It was a pleasure riding with everyone and I hope to do it again.
Red Run was awesome but I liked the rock garden on
Tea Creek Mountain the best. I hadn't seen that much rock
since Lawrence Taylor's bachelor party.

Here are some pics that my brother took. They were originally
pretty dark and have been heavily gamma corrected so they
don't look very crisp. Sorry, but that's the best I could do.

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Myself
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Capt. Phun
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CrashedandBurned
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Davis followed by RickinAla
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Betty has a new beauty mark.
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I think I may have taken a souvenir accidentally. Late last
night my stomach started cramping. I feel feverish and
can't seem to get hydrated. I'll spare you the other details,
but maybe all that water from the campgrounds pump was
not exactly potable after all. I've never had giardia, but I've
got the symptoms now. Maybe It's just coincidence and
I'll feel fine tomorrow!

Jack
 

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JackFromNC said:
I hadn't seen that much rock
since Lawrence Taylor's bachelor party.
That's a hilarious comment, hope you don't mind me stealing it at a later date when appropriate (I'll give you full credit and royalties, of course).

Sorry to hear about the GI condition. I assume your brother also drank the same water, is he feeling the same? I'm calling the ranger's station tomorrow to see what they have to say about it. They told me it was fine prior to the gathering, and I'll feel terrible if you did get giardia from that source. Wish I had realized you guys were carrying water all that way, we had 5 gallon bottles in our site and we didn't use all we brought, you could have just used what was there. God knows we didn't drink much that wasn't in a 12 ounce bottle or mason jar.

Glad to see you're home safe, if not completely sound.
 

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No poops here except from the chinese tofu I ate tonight.
Sorry for splitting so soon after the ride on Sunday. Davis and I were on the same wave-length...I felt the depression and I thought it be best just to hit the rode before I broke down like Lowcel's rear wheel. Gosh I can't wait till the next one. Spring-time Shuffle anyone??????
 

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Gosh I can't wait till the next one. Spring-time Shuffle anyone??????
Or maybe we could sneak in a mini-gathering for the fall foliage riding? Perhaps a "Tea Creek Sneak"? Not to be confused with the ol' one cheek sneak, of course. Go ahead, say it. I know you're thinking it.

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My brother was smart enough to bring his own water. It may not be the pump at the campground. I crashed in the creek and got a facefull of water and I had a lot of mud on my face that I washed off in the creek behind the campground.

We were ready to split after the last ride too. I was surprised at how tired I was after riding three days. I blame (give credit to) the sustained rocks/roots that make up the trails in the area and I'll stay tuned for a mini-gathering in the fall.

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Capt_phun said:
I felt the depression and I thought it be best just to hit the rode before I broke down like Lowcel's rear wheel.
Speaking of rear hub........what ya think?


Any ideas how we didn't notice that???
 

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LowCel said:
Speaking of rear hub........what ya think?

Any ideas how we didn't notice that???
Perhaps because it was completely covered in a quarter inch of mud?

Just a thought.
 

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davis said:
I assume your brother also drank the same water, is he feeling the same? ... Glad to see you're home safe, if not completely sound.
I'm okay, I drank my own water. My car made it home without a problem. I guess the tire plug worked. My Enduro, on the other hand, is done. The seat tube weld cracked and the frame is at my LBS waiting to be replaced.

I also want to thank everyone involved. I had a blast and definitely want to come back. It's absolutely worth the drive.

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davis said:
Or maybe we could sneak in a mini-gathering for the fall foliage riding? Perhaps a "Tea Creek Sneak"? Not to be confused with the ol' one cheek sneak, of course. Go ahead, say it. I know you're thinking it.

Sincerely,

[email protected] and Run :eek:
Another shuffle has come and gone. Once again, it was hard to say goodbye to the familiar faces of last year and the new ones of this year. I had a great time even though I didn't put in the miles that most of you did.

Good people, good rides, good food, and good spirits were plentiful. I can't wait until next year either. Actually, I think with I'm the Cap't...and don't think that I will. I'm sure I can figure out a way to come back down in the fall.

Things I learned from this trip:

$hit Happens.
Davis is a real Gas.
Gears are my friends.
I'll never look at my Amish neigbhors the same.
Me and my SS and WV mountains don't get along.
Strawberry Shine Shorcake is not as funny as one would think.

I'm sorry I never once got my camera out from behind the seat of my truck. I just finally found it last night, along with a mouse nest in my glove compartment. That explains the eaten roll of paper towels and remaining shortcake.

Next year I'll try to have some other mud made swag for people, other than what we took home on our bikes. But in the meantime, I think we should all save up and get this swag for our Fearless Leader for next year's gathering. If anything...it will warn innocent bystanders.

Thanks for putting together another great gathering...and props to both you and Hecklerboy for getting the trails in such great riding condition. I couldn't help but notice though that you guys did miss a few rocks.

Hope to make it back soon !
 

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I was thinking the same thing, covered in mud, plus the cassette was on it. Hey give credit to hecklerboy for truing a broken hubbed rim pretty damn well. Only 7 weeks till the Fall Foilage run!!!
Get some shine and ultracet's ready!!!!
 

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Wow all the bike deaths. Cracked rear hub, nice dent in Betty, dead Enduro, what like 9 flats... very nice tally. Cleaned and lubed the Stupidlight last night. No dents, no real issues minus some rear brake pads that were worn a little. Even the Continental Supersonic's were in ok shape, some slight rubs on the sidewalls but generally still ok. Who needs a 5" travel bike when you have a 3" travel 22.5 pound bike???? Oh wait, I do need a 5" travel bike. Still eveying up that giant VT and ready to go and lowball some lbs's that have '03's leftover.
 

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No kidding, all considering hecklerboy did a great job of trueing the wheel. Just think how good he would be at trueing a wheel that wasn't broken.
 

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No wonder I couldn't get it straight...

That was really bugging me until I read your post about the broken hub.
That's why that one spoke felt really lose.
I feel much better now. :D

After cleaning my bike I found lots of new scratches and my front brake lever is gouged from my endo into the rocks.
And to think, I had never crashed that bike until the gathering :D :D
 

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Great write up...

I really sorry I missed it this year. I should have come up anyway. Oh well. I guess I'll have to wait until next year again.

Saturday I got out on the trail (for the first time in months) in honor of Slatyfork Shuffle '04. I told my friend I was riding with that if I had been in even a little bit of shape and not so exhausted from all the travelling I've been doing, I'd be in WV riding with my friends.

Glad to hear you had a great time. Thanks for posting the pics. I live vicariously through you all. :)
 
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