Thanks for the tip.
I've ridden up Pilot Mountain. Steep! I took 29 minutes to go 2.4 miles, without stopping. (zoom out one step on the map, then pull down the Map list and select Terrain.) I always liked driving up to the views at the top, and finally got to ride up it. Pilot Mountain rises way above the foothills of the Blue Ridge. It's distinctive profile can be seen for dozens of miles away.
I like the description from the ride site:
Riders on the Tour de Mayberry will have the opportunity to cycle to the top of Pilot Mountain. This side trek features a ride to the upper parking lot at the top of the mountain. The average grade is 10%. They forgot to mention: The steeper part is 960 feet in 2.0 miles. Oh, by the way, there's a bunch of 18% switchbacks on the lower half, and you'll be welcoming the few 7-8% sections to recover... And make sure your brakes are good, you'll need them at the sharp corners on the way down.
It's actually just as long a drive for me to go to Mt Airy as it is to Cashiers. Anyway, the forecast for Cashiers is looking a little better, with less rain chance overnight, and a lowered rain percentage during the day on Saturday.