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!!!