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    Rawwrrrrrrrrr! wolfpack's Avatar
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    Ring of Scott Climbing Sufferfest

    So, I'm up here at BikeWNC's for the weekend and I told him that I wanted to ride Ring of Fire today and maybe could we also do the Buck Creek climb?? I don't know what the hell I was thinking. This was indeed a climbing sufferfest! But, I survived. And, I did a hell of a lot better on the Ring of Fire route than the last time I did it a year ago.

    Anyways, it was a beautiful day here in WNC - probably mid 70's, sunny skies. NealH, BikeWNC, and I started out with the Ring of Fire route - the first climb was 4.4mi at an avg grade of 8% with some steeper sections thrown in at the switchbacks. I climbed this almost 12min faster than last year. Short decent, then another short climb up Pine Creek and then the fast decent down Walnut Creek. I hit 51.8mph coming down WC!! w00t!!! Awesome decent. I never saw the guys much for any of the climbing...as usual, I was dropped. No big deal really. I've learned to climb at my pace and not try to keep up with Andy. If I had done that, I would've blown up pretty quickly and not been able to do as well as I did.

    From here we headed down Hwy 64 to the gas station for refueling. Once done here, headed out to tackle Buck Creek. Don't know what the problem was...maybe I didn't drink enough (but I had 2 bottles to this point), but my guads started to cramp. Wish I could figure out what is causing this. I don't always cramp either. And, I never have to pee on rides like this... Buck Creek is a 9.3mi climb, dunno avg grade. Suffice to say, it wasn't easy, but not a back breaker either (unless you happen to be cramping).

    After Buck Creek, we descend down Hwy 64, making stops at Dry Falls & another stop at Cullesaja Falls for pictures. Make another stop at the gas station, more food/water, then head out for the last climb...Elijay. By this time, I'm not feeling great. I'm wondering how in the hell am I gonna do this climb?? HTFU is how. Much slower for this climb, stopped a couple of times to let my legs try and recover a bit. Finally! Made it to the top, where the guys were waiting on me. Again. Then another fast descent down Tilly Creek. Another awesome descent...I chanced a look at one point and saw 50.x mph! Then a couple of miles back to the cars.

    Dunno...that's all I can think of right now. I'm pretty damn tired. Still have some cramping in my legs, depending on how I move...oh yea, I was just reminded that I forgot the amount of climbing & distance....8400' climbing and 66.7mi.

    Here are the guys before the ride..






    somewhere on Cullowhee Mtn Rd...headed to the area in the background...the road is WAY up there.


    the guys at the end of Walnut Creek descent


    next couple from Dry Falls






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    Rawwrrrrrrrrr! wolfpack's Avatar
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    waterfall on the Elijay climb and the guys heading on up the climb...




    oh yea, can't forget the cleavage shot.



    i think tomorrow, we're going to ride somewhere on the Blue Ridge Parkway...

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    A few pics I took along the route.














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    Beautiful! Looks like it was a great ride. And the weather this weekend! Your legs will recover... memories last a lifetime

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    Looks like a great ride! Wasn't the weather just wonderful this weekend? Hope to join you guys again one of these days.
    Where am I going?......

    ....and why am I in this handbasket?

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    Nice write up and pictures Karen. That was a pretty tough ride yesterday. Today our recovery ride today consisted of a 2350' climb up to Waterrock Knob on the Parkway. The Parkway was blocked off so, we didn't have to worry about traffic. Only tree debris and a few rocks - which required some attention on the descent. It was a great weekend for biking.

    Chris rides these mountains without breaking a sweat.


    We had some Franklin friends join us for this ride, I think this fellow's name is Ludwick (I might be wrong though).


    Karen happy to be at the top - as we all were.


    I was suppose to be looking at the camera however, I just noticed my Garmin was not working (for the second day in a row). Tomorrow it goes back to Garmin.


    Just before we started our descent. Everyone was cold except Chris. I was freezing.




    Edit: Here is a slideshow of all my pics from the weekend.
    Last edited by NealH; 03-09-09 at 05:14 AM.

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    Rawwrrrrrrrrr! wolfpack's Avatar
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    great pics Neal! wonderful weekend. when i win that lottery, i know where i'm going to be living. well, ok...maybe i'll need to rethink the lottery thing cause i'd never get to live up there if i wait on that....
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    a few pictures from teh Waterrock Knob "recovery" ride:






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