Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South shore, L.I., NY
Bikes: Flyxii FR322, Soma Smoothie, Miyata City Liner, Specialized FSR Comp, Fuji Professional
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Sure you can do it in 2 days. Lot's of maybe's:
- Are you currently training on hills ?. Go do a route profile - Ride with GPS.com, or some other. Skyline Drive and the Blueridge Parkway are very hilly, with relentless ups and downs. Front Royal to Big Meadows is 51 miles with +6100 ft of climbing as example, and that's a lot of climbing for the distance. I'd be doing hill repeats for training.
- Are you camping, thus self supported, carrying full loads ?. Or doing it unloaded with car support ?. Makes a difference lugging 40-50 lbs of gear up the hills.
- Can you do 55 miles now in hills ?. It's not running, but your current fitness level would probably allow you to do it, just slowly.
How you do this ride, camping or cars support makes all the difference in terms of effort.
I'd also re-post on the Touring forum, as there are occasionally trip reports as well as others their who've done this ride. As well on RoadBikeReview.com in the Commuting/Touring section
Last edited by Steve B.; 08-17-11 at 08:26 AM.