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Old 06-23-08, 07:56 AM
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Well, I'm flattered! My picture on a website. Probably a good thing it's grainy because I was totally exhausted and am sure that I looked it. I remember seeing a photographer as we were pulling into the Visitor Center after 114 miles and, I gave him a thumbs up because I felt a real sense of accomplishment. But I was really whipped.

I thoroughly enjoyed this ride and, it was a pleasure riding with Brian (Velo Vol). Riding in good company and meeting new cycling friends is the best part of cycling. If Brian had not been there then I would have followed the small group in front of us that took the wrong turn. That ended up costing that group another 20 miles. People yelled at them but, they were so busy pedaling that they apparently didn't hear anyone.

The weather was near perfect for this ride. When we needed some cooler air as we climbed the Cherohala Skyway, we got it. And believe me, when climbing the Skyway one needs some cool air. The support and food on this ride was excellent. I thought the stops were very well timed and thought out.

A few pictures - and I have reduced the size for easier loading:

The Visitor Center in Tellico Plains were the ride started. There were very close to 500 riders registered. I guess about half rode the full 114 miles.

The landscape was flat'ish as we started out. It was mostly valley farmland and very serene.

Velo Vol leads the way down a long and peaceful country road heading to the town of Vonore.

Velo Vol looks spirited and ready to ride. It was pretty easy sailing through these parts.

We had a long way to go so, we were in no hurry. This was a very relaxing part of the ride.

Chilhowee Lake. There are several adjoining lakes that parallel this route. All were scenic and pretty.

Cars on this road were virtually non-existent.

In the distance we get a glimpse of what lies ahead.

Velo Vol cruising along by the Chilhowee Lake and enjoying every minute.

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