|The XO-3 hanging out at the end of the State Park pier... I like the minimalism. The lake is only about 7 miles wide at any point so you get a feel for how foggy it was this morning.|
The Lake is a great place to bike as it's flat and has a road that goes about 2/3 of the way around the lakeshore. My goal in this most recent visit was to figure out a way through that other 1/3... entering Lake Waccamaw State Park. According to the maps it hosts a number of trails that are marked for hiking but don't specifically exclude bicycles. With my single speed XO-3 and some 1.9"ish cruiser tires I decided to give it a go.
I'll give myself a partial success here, I did force my way through the quite challenging shore trail in the State Park but found myself stymied at the end by a hi water dam that just didn't look safe to cross. So I got the dubious pleasure of forcing my way back through the sandy, swampy and rooted trail back to asphalt. A great adventure though it was damp and I was thoroughly beat down by the end of it.
Some random facts and background on the Lake;
NC State Park site for Lake Waccamaw
Dept of Natural Resources discussion on Carolina Bays
-Lake Waccamaw is the largest of the Carolina Bay instances and apparently they are quite a mysterious geological/biological formation
-Anyone looking for Made in the USA steel tools and Axes can look no further, they make exceptional drop forged tools right here w/in a mile of the lake. They got there start supporting the local turpentine industry
The next day my wife and I completed the other half of the ride all on pavement via the tandem and had a great ride. Enjoy the pictures;
|That darned drainage creek and the hi water dam really fouled it up for me but it was a good ride all the same.|
|Speeding through the paved section of the State Park.|
|The Park Service does a pretty regular prescribed burn policy to encourage the natural growth cycle of the pine trees that actually depend on fire to germinate the next generation of trees.|
|Smoke on the water eh?!? This is from the pier pictured earlier in the post along the coastline that I followed via the trail. Primordial comes to mind...|
|Another prescribed burn and a fresh one at that, the trail is along the right hand side of the frame.|
|I don't have much in the way of great photo's of the swamp, I was beat down tired and dripping with sweat and condensation the whole way. But this view is typical of the left inland side of the trail.|