I did the other side of the road Firetower down to the road where you turn around and go back, but instead of that, I went down the road to the Potatoe Creek trail and took it out to the shelter on the river overlook. One section there of thick brush, but it was almost all rideable with the exception of a log or two. Great trail.
Went back to the road, then up the AHT across the street to the campground, then hit the Rocky Ridge. That section was not bad, but again, a couple (not many) waist-high logs and one overgrown section.
I'm really looking forward to doing the whole trail when the bugs die. I did the southern half last year and it was alot of fun.
I can feel the itch just thinking about it. They seem to be quite hungry right now. Nasty little buggers--I had bites between my toes--a place I'd never had attacked before.
What section of the AT were you on and other than the insects, how were the conditions?
I did a section of the AHT last week and got destroyed with chiggers that showed up a few hours after the ride. Lots and lots of those spiders that like to build webs face high right in the trail too.
BUT..NOT ONE TICK!
The nasty blood-suckers are out in force. Bug repellent is strongly recommended, unless you like to itch and scratch or are somehow immune.
I sprayed before I rode last week, but they managed to get through the mesh on my shoes, which I didn't spray as heavily as I'd sprayed everywhere else.