I'll let the pics tell the story today.
Basically I went up and did what is probably my favorite training route in the mountains. This route is 65 miles with 6000' of climbing and the route has it all. It has 2 big climbs that top out at 19%, a nice stretch along the Blue Ridge Parkway, lightly traveled roads, great views, some flats and some very fast and scary descents.
Having the new gears allowed me to do this ride within two days of the Snake Ride on Thursday. To my surprise my legs really felt great today. I only wish I'd made the change to these gears a couple years ago.
Afterward the ride I stopped at a country store near the start finish point that has incredible homemade burgers plus homemade pies.
On the way back home I stopped at my favorite golf course and got in 18 holes-playing the last 8 holes 1 under par!!!
What a day!! As bad as Thursday was, today was way off the "Incredible Day" meter......even the bee flying down my open jersey and stinging me couldn't taint what a great day it was.
(Let me know if you're getting tired of all the pics!! I don't want to waste servor space!!)
Explanation of Pics:
Route Starts at Stone Mountain State Park near Sparta, NC.
Deer were plentiful-I was careful to avoid them on the road.
View from High Piney Spur overlook-very hazy in the morning.
The route goes into Virginia for a ways.
Lots of nice stonework on the BRP-even the overpasses.
Nice shady tree canopy to ride in on the BRP.....ahhhhhhh.
Beautiful but simple picket fence-typcial along BRP.
Another view of a rock face wall on a distant mountain.
An old barn and brick silo no longer in use.
The pie!!! Homemade fried appie turnover with dried apples. YUMMMM!!!
A picture of the country store, home of the pie-I sat in a rocking chair on the porch while eating.