I drove down to Spartanburg, SC and did a nice ride up into the NC Mountains and back. It was a fairly small group but fun folks to ride with. I managed to stay with the front group until the longer route I was doing separated from the 60 mile ride. I waited at the split for others to join us for the longer ride.
The feature of this loop is a 7-8 mile climb around the Greenville Watershed up to Saluda, NC. Nothing too steep but just a lot of uphill. From Saluda there is a nice 6 mile descent into Tryon. We were lucky that there was a nice tailwind the last 40 miles back into Spartanburg.
Unfortunately my brother lagged behind on the climb to Saluda and turned the wrong way in Saluda. I backtracked to try and find him but with no luck. The rest of the group went ahead at that point so I wound up doing the last 40 miles solo.
At the finish I waited for over an hour for my brother and really got worried about him not showing up. Everyone else had already returned, packed up and left. I backtracked in my car and found him up the road a ways. He had made a 20 mile wrong turn.......
Averaged 17.3 mph
5500 feet of climbing
50-58 degrees and sunny
Nourishment: 2-24 ounce bottles of fluid, 2 bananas, 6 fig newtons and 2 gels
(Post ride: 2 hamburgers, 1 Hot dog, Potato Salad, Baked Beans and a huge chocolate cupcake......)
See pics below:
The Trusty Bike Moblie (400,000+ miles)-just roll the bike into the back
Pre ride preparation
My brother (yellow jersey) at one of the rest stops-before the wrong turn
The group I rode with at the Bakery
The Bakery in Saluda-boy did it smell good...