In my struggle to recover from what the heat did to me on Mitchell I've been trying to get out for some short but increasingly more strenuous rides. Today's ride was a 13 mile out then back segment (26 total miles) of the Blue Ridge Parkway near my home. It has about 2600' of climbing but none of the hills are more than a couple of miles long with a 7% max grade. It was a beautiful day with a starting temp of 70F but that dropped to the mid 60s as I climbed up to over 6000'. It was nice and breezy up there too.
Far in the distance, Mt. Mitchell looms.
The rhododendron, mountain laurel and flame azalea were in full bloom.
The hillsides were covered with flowering shrubs.
Rhododendron with Clingman's Dome in Smoky Mtn. N.P. in the background.