NC & VA riders - mtn crossing...
Depending on what happens with a cranky knee and what vacation plans my wife might design, I will either be riding north on the Atlantic Coast Rte and across to Oshkosh, WI, or I will be riding up from NC to Ludington MI to take the ferry across to Oshkosh. Because of said cranky knee, if I ride straight to MI, I'm not interested in making the beginning of the ride as difficult as possible, mountain-wise.
What suggestions might y'all have for crossing the mountains? I'll be coming from Pittsboro NC. I'm not ashamed to admit that I might get a ride to Chillicothe Ohio and just bypass the mtns completely. After OSH, I'll be riding across to Maine and back down to Wilmington NC, so it's not like I won't be getting my miles in!
Thanks for any insight y'all can provide!