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    Our Saturday Valley Tour 3/21

    So today a request came in from one of the two riders joining me on the ride to have a less stressful ride than the one we did a couple weeks ago. So I chose the Franklin Valley but of course nothing is flat around here. We had a great day which started near 50 and ended in the low 60s. The ride ended up at 48 miles and somewhere over 4800' of climbing. I'll let Wolfpack fill in the details.

    Neal rides in the valley rimmed by mountains.


    Karen tried to put a hurtin' on us old guys.


    The cows were out in the pastures on this fine day.


    Someone looks like she's suffering as we approach the Skeena climb.


    Spring is popping everywhere now.


    On the way to the Allison Watts climb. STEEP!


    Thank you NCDOT for the rumble strips of death.


    Karen begins the Winding Stairs descent, fast and breezy.


    Another nice day riding very low traveled roads here in WNC.

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    great ride today! i thought it was a bit chilly and was pretty cold for the first hour or so - but the guys said they were quite comfortable. right. my knees and boobies were dang cold! no knee warmers, no vest, no base layer.

    me? put a hurtin' on you guys? uh huh. sure. i think it's always the other way around. and, this is the 3rd time i've ridden Skeena since last july and my time has dropped from 10:30min down to 7:40min. i would never have been able to do this ride we did today last year....i've come a long way bay-buh!

    Allison Watts?? OMG...as we approached it, i asked Andy if we were going up THAT??? yes. omg - can you say steep?? 18% max grade. holy cow that was hard but i made it up it without unclipping/walking. the next and last climb was Standing Indian. felt pretty good for the first 30min, then the PT died and i was worn out from going a bit too fast for that time. gotta learn to Start Slow to Finish Fast.

    profile for today's route:

    ok, here's my pics. i didn't take too many today.







    Allison Watts in the background. Doesn't really look that steep from this shot, but trust me, it is.






    starting the Standing Indian Climb
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    Nice pictures.

    I wish I was in good enough shape to climb 18%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
    Nice pictures.

    I wish I was in good enough shape to climb 18%.
    So do I, but we got up it anyway.

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    me too.
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    wow! did I read this right? This ride took you 7 HOURS???? you people are crazy!
    Where am I going?......

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

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    no. my climb up skeena was 7min30sec. i think it took us, hell, i can't remember. i know we got back to the cars around 3pm. think we started around 10-11am....BWNC probably knows....
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    OH!!!! I misunderstood. It sounded like you guys were on an epic journey.
    Where am I going?......

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

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    The ride time was about 3:15 and the total time was obviously a bit longer. We didn't stop very much though.

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    sounds much more reasonable! Hopefully Jarrett and I can meet up with you guys for a ride again sometime.
    Where am I going?......

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

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    The Sunday ride the next day took right about the same time at 3:10. Again the overall time was more and we took our time at the couple of stops we made. It was a pretty day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CycleMagic View Post
    sounds much more reasonable! Hopefully Jarrett and I can meet up with you guys for a ride again sometime.
    That would be great Liz. I'll be back in town at the end of May. Late May/early June is a spectacular time to ride up here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeWNC View Post
    That would be great Liz. I'll be back in town at the end of May. Late May/early June is a spectacular time to ride up here.
    +1. hell, anytime is a spectacular time to ride up there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfpack View Post
    hell, anytime is a spectacular time to ride up there!
    Incorrect.

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    oh you hush VV! dang...you are correct though...i don't think i'd want to ride up there in the weather BWNC has had this week...

    how about, MOST of the time is a spectacular time to ride in WNC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfpack View Post
    how about, MOST of the time is a spectacular time to ride in WNC?
    Most of the time between April and September, at least.

    And quit posting ride pictures, or I'm going to have to load up the VeloVolmobile and hit the BRP soon!

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    hee hee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
    Most of the time between April and September, at least.

    And quit posting ride pictures, or I'm going to have to load up the VeloVolmobile and hit the BRP soon!
    You could mosey over to Marion and join us on a ride up Mt. Mitchell on Sat.

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    +10000000000000000000000000000

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