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.
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: