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Old 05-15-10, 04:05 PM   #1
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The Prince Climbed Mt Mitchell

I'm not doing the Assault on Mt Mitchell this year but still climbed it today. I'm in the mtns with family and was within riding distance so went for it. It was the Prince's first trip up and I really had to work to hold it back (humor).

Seriously, not only a great climbing bike but descends like a dream with the Fulcrum Zero wheels. A number of others were also doing the climb getting ready for next week's event.

Today's ride was a little under 80 miles with most of it on the Blue Ridge Pkwy. Total climbing was around 8000 ft with the Hwy 80 climb tossed in "for fun".

Weather was good but awfully humid-had to "race" back from Mitchell to stay ahead of the Tstorms-just loosened the reins on the Prince and only felt a few drops of precip.

Enjoying a Corona Light post ride!
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Sounds like a great day !
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I really like the Fulcrum wheels that came with my new bike, but they are the cheap ones. I was thinking about trying the Fulcrum 3 out, I have the 7 on my bike and they are pretty heavy.
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Enjoying a Corona Light post ride!
I prefer Dos Equis.

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A great ride on a great bike followed by beer-flavored water.
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I've always considered Corona to be Mexican Koolaid. I hate to even think what Corona Light would be like.
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That sounds like a great, but tough ride jppe. Congrats on a job well done. Drink whatever makes you happy!

I rode the fall Cycle NC Mountains to the Coast tour last fall and have a better appreciation now of what it takes to ride those mountains.

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great ride jppe. enjoy the beer! you've earned it.
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Not a single picture? I was up there last July and the weather changed a lot near the summit. I am waiting for them to hold the Escape from Mt. Mitchell!
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Not a single picture? I was up there last July and the weather changed a lot near the summit. I am waiting for them to hold the Escape from Mt. Mitchell!
In my haste to leave the cabin I forgot my camera.........I thought about using my cell phone camera but clouds were really rolling in and I was worried about staying in front of any Tstroms. They can get rather nasty up there!

I was thinking--there are companies that do "rides down a mountain" like Haleakala in Maui. Wondering if a ride down Mt Mitchell might work. Probably best to head back towards Asheville instead of Marion though. There is a good 2 mile climb back up the BRP going to Marion which would not be suitable for the general public. Probably require too much red tape with the Parks folks???
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In my haste to leave the cabin I forgot my camera.........I thought about using my cell phone camera but clouds were really rolling in and I was worried about staying in front of any Tstroms. They can get rather nasty up there!

I was thinking--there are companies that do "rides down a mountain" like Haleakala in Maui. Wondering if a ride down Mt Mitchell might work. Probably best to head back towards Asheville instead of Marion though. There is a good 2 mile climb back up the BRP going to Marion which would not be suitable for the general public. Probably require too much red tape with the Parks folks???
My plan last summer was to have friends (staying with them in Asheville a couple days) drop me at the top of MM and ride back down to Asheville. Not sporting by standards of veteran NC climbers, I know... but it would have been a challenge and fun by my standards and would allow me to get comfortable with the area. Well it, never happened. I had said friends drive me up there from Asheville to scope out the place and I came away kind of afraid of the BRP actually. There seemed to be too many blind curves with absolutely no shoulder and people driving faster than they are supposed to, especially down by Asheville where the road is used by commuters in a hurry and not just casual pleasure drivers. It might be safer riding in a group but I did not feel comfortable riding on the BRP alone in the Asheville area.

The guy who drove me up MM may have made my apprehensions worse. He just had to show off his new Beemer and drove way too fast up and back down the BRP, making me feel that HE was a prime example of a driver who would be a very real danger to a cyclist. Or perhaps it was just a case of "strangeplaceitis". Oh well, there will be other opportunities... it is a really lovely area.

I did enjoy some nice road rides in East TN on the trip though!
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My plan last summer was to have friends (staying with them in Asheville a couple days) drop me at the top of MM and ride back down to Asheville. Not sporting by standards of veteran NC climbers, I know... but it would have been a challenge and fun by my standards and would allow me to get comfortable with the area. Well it, never happened. I had said friends drive me up there from Asheville to scope out the place and I came away kind of afraid of the BRP actually. There seemed to be too many blind curves with absolutely no shoulder and people driving faster than they are supposed to, especially down by Asheville where the road is used by commuters in a hurry and not just casual pleasure drivers. It might be safer riding in a group but I did not feel comfortable riding on the BRP alone in the Asheville area.

The guy who drove me up MM may have made my apprehensions worse. He just had to show off his new Beemer and drove way too fast up and back down the BRP, making me feel that HE was a prime example of a driver who would be a very real danger to a cyclist. Or perhaps it was just a case of "strangeplaceitis". Oh well, there will be other opportunities... it is a really lovely area.

I did enjoy some nice road rides in East TN on the trip though!
Your observations were probably correct of the BRP near the bottom of the climb/descent near and in and around Asheville. Traffic can be rather heavy and folks seem to be in a hurry in the area over Hwy 74, Hwy 25, etc. In lieu of going that far, there is the Blue Ridge Crafts Center that is an excellent jumping off place before you get to the heavy traffic area. Had you started at the top of Mitchell, you really would not have had to worry about traffic passing you very much coming down from there-except for a spot or two. It's a pretty nice downhill run for several miles. I've down some up and backs from my sister in law's house and it's around 80 miles up and back as I recall. The return trip takes a lot less time that trip out!! I have not ridden it in a year or so and the pavement was pretty rough then-don't know if they've patched up some of the spots but it would jolt you enough to loosen a filling or two.
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