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    A turtle passed me!!

    Or at least it felt that way today. It was pretty hot in the piedmont area of NC so I opted to go up to the mountains where it was cooler and do a little riding. I got in 71 miles with 7000+ ft of climbing with an average speed of a whopping 13.6 mph!! I added a couple climbs at the start to what was already a pretty hilly route....not sure what I was thinking there.

    The route started in Blowing Rock and went to Valle Crucis, Sugar Grove, back to Valle Crucis, Banner Elk, Beech Mtn, Newland, Linville and back to Blowing Rock.

    Today's significant climbs were:

    Hwy 221 S from Blowing Rock-2 miles
    Mast Gap Rd-2 miles
    George's Gap-2 miles
    Mast Gap Rd from the opposite Direction-1 mile
    Hwy 194 South to Banner Elk-4-5 miles
    Beech Mountain (Ugh!!)-2.5 miles (felt like 20) and gets steeper the higher you go
    Hickory Gap Rd-2+ miles
    Hwy 221 to the entrance of Grandfather-2 miles
    Hwy 221 North into Blowing Rock-1.5 miles

    Coming down Beech Mountain I keep thinking about Raket's crash so I rode the brakes pretty hard. It had rained the day before and there were traces of gravel all over the route. I stopped about half way down and I touch the rims and they were so hot you could not keep a finger on them. I waited and let them cool off a little and took back off again..........

    The most unusual wildlife I saw was a pheasant sauntering across the road with 6 "chicks" in tow. Not sure what the right name for them is but that was a sight!!! I couldn't get the camera out fast enough to get a picture of that one.

    Here's some pics:

    My wife's acupuncture school
    The aftermath of the Doc Watson Music festival
    View from top of George's Gap
    At least the roads were well marked!
    Another view from the other side of George's Gap
    Car on side of road-make up your own caption!!
    Man Made waterfall-still pretty nice
    Frasor Fir Christmas Tree Farm-The farms seem to be abundant around Newland-are least we now have a replacement crop for tobacco!!
    Entrance to Grandfather Mountain-mid September is the ride to the top!!!


    Taoswoman has given me some choices of some roads to try out in her area New Mexico. I hope to get in a little riding out that way this week on a trip with the wife-if I have my legs and lungs!!!
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    Thanks for the pix and the fine report. Pheasant sighting must have been very nice. I always get the creeps when I see a car like that. It makes me wonder what would have happened if a bike had been in its path.

    It was 90+ here in sunny Virginia. Went for 45 rolling miles through the Shenandoah Valley. I saw a fawn standing in a shallow mountain stream. I took it as a sign that he was smarter than me.

    As I began to run low on water at the 20-mile mark, I happened on a church with a pump and a sign offering "Free Ice Cold Water for Cyclists." Heavenly intervention saves a sinner yet again.
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    jppe, I always enjoy seeing your photos. I went for a very nice ride along the local reservoir, with about 1/7 the climbing you did, but tough enough for me. Alas, didn't bring a camera. Maybe next time I'll remember

    Quote Originally Posted by jppe
    Taoswoman has given me some choices of some roads to try out in her area New Mexico. I hope to get in a little riding out that way this week on a trip with the wife-if I have my legs and lungs!!!
    Some of the country south of Santa Fe, along the Santa Fe century route, was really beautiful. And you should be able to find a few decent climbs

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    Congratulations on an average speed of 13.6 mph. The turtles must have lapped me on my last ride of 9.69 mph on a hybrid.

    Nice pictures.
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    LOL.......being passed by a turtle avg spd 13.6 is nothing when you hammer yourself with climb after climb plus a few gratuitous ones as you did. In my case, the turtles pass me then, to add insult, look at me with profound pity, before disappearing around the bend. Jppe, you are still my climbing hero.

    That new Canon A530 everyone helped me pick out was shipped a few days ago. I'll soon post some pics of California brown where I ride.....if anything, they'll make the Carolinas look even more Garden of Eden green. Unlike that steambath humid heat.....we have ovenbaked dry heat. I'm already longing for crisp autumn days and wool jerseys.
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    I think you are running a promotion for NC and doing a good job.

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    Passed by a turtle? I recall doing a ride in British Columbia up a grade and watching butterflies pass me. That was a bit unnerving.

    There was also a ride I did that started out with Teton Pass which is 10% for quite a ways. I got to the top and was averaging 5 mph.

    I think the trick with hills is to forget about average speed and just do them.

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    Was it this one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by will dehne
    I think you are running a promotion for NC and doing a good job.
    Indeed he is... but just in case:
    Road rides...
    long road rides...
    rides for the well-off...
    rides in the woods...
    ...and lastly, the local track

    - Dave, in Asheville

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshevilleFusion
    Indeed he is... but just in case:
    Road rides...
    long road rides...
    rides for the well-off...
    rides in the woods...
    ...and lastly, the local track

    - Dave, in Asheville

    Dave-I was at my sister-in-law's house in Enka over the 4th-she lives in the development at Bilmore/
    Enka Lake. I did a version of the Pisgah View 44 that included Hooker's Gap. Those collections of routes are good que sheets to have handy.

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    jppe, great pics, thanks.
    Your title reminded me a few weeks back I was actually passed by turtles. Three of them on three different rides. They came out in front of me and I stopped(considering I'm very low to the ground) cause I didn't want to tangle with snapping turtles. They took their sweet time crossing the trails.
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    [B]I passed JPPE?![B] I can't believe it! Where was my head, up my shell? Wow, the only one around here I can beat is the slug who lives on the edge of my pond (but he has no legs).

    Oh...I just read the rest of the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jppe
    I was at my sister-in-law's house in Enka...
    Used to work in the Enka/BASF office tower that's now part of the Asheville-Buncombe Tech campus. Seems like another lifetime...

    Perhaps an adjunct to your camera could be this little number so you could capture lots of nice helmet-cam or handlebar-cam video to further entice tourists to come to NC and spend some $$$

    - Dave, shamelessly pimping for NC tourism

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    When I was stationed in Norway, I rode my 21 speed up a VERY steep hill to our apartment, only to be passed by a little old lady (she was in her 80s) on a single speed bike.

    On another note: On my ride around the Highline Canal trail today (22.75 miles) I managed a new course record 13.1 mph average. WHOOOOOO HOOOOOOO I'm getting better.
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    a month or so ago I was riding a gentle uphill when I was passed by a rollerblader. He was drafting behind a bike! made me feel even slower than usual.

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