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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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    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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