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Old 06-01-09, 04:49 AM   #1
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Saturday In and Around Skyline

After training for and completing the Mountains of Misery ride last week, I wanted to do a little more climbing this weekend before my limited climbing ability completely atrophies. I pieced together a ride from various parts that I've done before, but never all in one day.

I ended up doing a little over 100 miles on a route that circled around the east side of of Shenandoah National Park, up to its highest point, and back up the Shenandoah Valley after crossing Massanutten Mountain.

Here is a complete slideshow of the ride: http://s263.photobucket.com/albums/i...view=slideshow

Here is the route: http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/va...24376036667745

I parked at the entrance to Skyline Drive, but didn't head in. Instead I headed out of Front Royal, up route 522 over the Chester Gap.

Skyline Start:


Heading over Chester Gap:


A bit of that, and then took some pretty back roads into Washington, VA:






After that it was a 5-mile ride on Rt 211 into Sperryville, a town just outside the SNP, elevation around 700 feet or so:


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Where I turn around:


Then I had a nice twisty safe descent out of the park:


Then next big climb was over Massanutten Mountain coming out of Luray. Here you can get an idea of the grade:


Finally a cruise in on Fort Valley Road:




Through the George Washington National Forest, crossing Passage Creek:


Across the Shenandoah, and back:


A great day, a great ride, and hope you enjoyed the show!
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Old 06-01-09, 06:16 AM   #3
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Great pics - thanks.
I've spent a lot of time in them thar hills.
I would ride from Simmons gap to Skyland through Big Meadows quite a bit - many years ago...
Great scenery - great ride!
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Great pics of a great ride. That is really pretty country.

I loved the picture of the store selling "Antique Tables" - "Made Daily". That's funny.
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Great looking ride. How much climbing?
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Great ride in gorgeous country. Haven't been on that road since I was a kid some 55 years ago.
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Looks like I left off some of the nicest pictures when I copied this in from the Road Bikes forum. I encourage you to view the photobucket slideshow if you're interest

SportTracks claiming it was about 7500 feet of climbing. Felt like more to me...
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