Climbing Grandfather Mountain.......photo courtesy of Birdseyeview.
I was obviously out-running a vehicle and probably going 5-6 mph up the mountain......picture is on "Forrest Gump Curve". This is about 1/2 mile from the finish or 3/4 the way up Grandfather. I'm guessing the grade here is probably 10-12%. I'm smiling because I know it's only minutes until the end and the hardest stretch of the whole ride is still ahead........and also because it's the last time I have to suffer this much this year!!!!!