Join Date: Aug 2008Location: Harrodsburg, KYPosts: 42 Windrock to Hatfield-McCoyFor about 5 years or so I have been wanting to try to do a ride from Windrock to Hatfield-McCoy. I had rode a lot of sections between the two areas and wanted to put it all together in one long riding and camping trip. I asked quite a few people if they would be interested in trying to do the ride but due to work and other factors, in the end my buddy Willy was the only other person crazy enough to try it*
We met in Pikeville Ky on Thursday afternoon and loaded all our gear in Willy's truck and drove to Windrock. Friday morning we loaded up and set out for H-M. The first day was pretty uneventful. We crossed Windrock and Royal Blue and made it into Tackett creek to a great little campsite. We did about 95 miles the first day.*
Day two started a lot earlier. We were up before daylight and rolling by 8am. This proved to be a good thing because we had to put 135 miles, passing through Wilderness Trail park to get to Black Mtn park. We pulled into Evarts around 7:00pm. When we got there we had planned to just pitch a tent but instead Rob who is one of the ridge runners, and if you have been there in the last 3 yrs and did a guided ride there he was more than likely your guide, offered to let us stay in his trailer. That was really great of him. One other really cool thing that happened on this day was that I got to see a bobcat. This was the first one I had ever seen in the woods and it was really cool.*
Day three started with a good breakfast in Evarts and then just got better. This was easily the best day of the trip. The riding was great, we were on everything from wide gravel roads to literally deer paths. And we also got to see the most wildlife on this day. We saw a bunch of deer and turkey and the highlight of the trip 5 bears. One by itslef that we got to watch for a minute as it ran away, then about an hour later a mother and 3 cubs. It was awesome to see them but I was really glad they were all running away from us. Lol. We ended up in Jenkins Ky at the end of this close to 120 mile day.*
The next day we sat out early again. I wasn't sure if we would be able to reach H-M on this day or if we would have to camp again but I wanted to at least get close. We had a little trouble finding our way because of a few trails that had become impassible, but at around 4:30 we pulled across the river into Matewan WV. After taking a few pics we rode on to the finish line which was the Buffalo Mtn trailhead where my sister met us with my truck. This day was around 100 miles.*
The total for the trip ended up being 465 miles. We couldn't have asked for better weather. It was beautiful all four days and the fall colors were at their peak. This was really an unbelievable trip and I am glad I got to do it.