In Ashville this weekend. Sunday, we were planning on riding the Blueridge Parkway to Mt Mitchell, and then up Mt Mitchell. Unfortunately the Park Service had other plans.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed at Craggy Gardens for 10 miles. A retaining wall is gone, and the road undercut. According to the Park Ranger it will be closed until at least May 2009.
By the time we realized it, there wasn't an option to reroute that would get us there. So we did a few repeats up the Picnic area at Craggy Gardens, and went up and down Ox Creek ( a nice little climb up to the Parkway with sections in the low teen's).
Got in 7,000 vertical, and a good work out. (actually steeper than climbing than Mitchell) but we were still a little bummed.
Next time we'll check with the Park Service ahead of time.