Here are some pics from my ride on the BRP from Crabtree Meadows to the top of Mt Mitchell and back.
Home sweet home.
I stayed at Julian Price Campground. It was kind of far for where I chose to ride, but the campground was great. I arrived at around 4:30 on Friday. Plenty of time to setup camp and go for a hike around the lake. I managed to get the last spot on the water.
I drove to Crabtree Meadows to begin my ride. The BRP was super quiet. I think it was a combination of the season and the fact that it is closed between Mt Mitchell and Craggy Gardens. This reduces through traffic from Ashville. Miles and miles of roads like this:
I stopped to get a picture of my first tunnel. It wasn't very long, but it was dark inside.
It was at this point that I could begin to see what I've gotten myself into
I'm climbing that? What was I thinking?
Almost at the entrance to Mount Mitchell State Park
After lots of climbing, and a few fun descents, I was finally at the point where it was either me or the mountain. I had stopped 5-10 minutes earlier to down a Gu and drink some water. I felt comfortable going up the mountain at this point, but in the back of my mind was the fact that I had already been down some long descents. Would I have enough energy to make it back up them?
Doh, I'm so glad they told me!
Not far now. By stopping at the park office, I broke the final climb into two pieces.