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Old 07-04-13, 12:04 PM
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BikeWNC..you started this

A few years ago you posted a picture of your bike against this sign and it became a bit of an obsession with me to do the climb and take a picture just like it.




I took the long way up, 8.5 miles from North to South, I had a tailwind which was very helpful.

All I can say is thank you, thank you. I had a great week up there despite the wind , fog and rain. I am going to try and get back to the Parkway in three weeks, best riding spot I have ever been to and most of the drivers were super courteous.

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Freaking awesome! Props to you and BikeWNC both!
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Old 07-04-13, 03:41 PM
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When the weather cooperates the views are well worth the effort.
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Well done! That's more than I have done, or probably can do.

BUT, I gotta say, when you do something spectacular and take a picture of it don't block the sign! Stand to the side and let us see the news.

Someday I'll show you my picture of the Crappo, Maryland post office.
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Old 07-04-13, 04:37 PM
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Congrats!!

Actually don't know where this is, but it looks like a bucket list item
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Old 07-04-13, 05:49 PM
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I think bykemike needs to go back there and take the picture again as per Clawed's suggestions, what say ye?
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I'll do better next time I promise. This is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. The climb up is not all that bad but, as the designers of these features are probably not bike guys, the last few hundred feet going up off the Parkway is a bear..standing on the pedals in granny gear for me. Especially with 20+ pounds in the panniers.

BTW, here is a link to the post from BikeWNC that got me thinking. You can see that he did the photo correctly.

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...waterrock+knob
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Old 07-05-13, 08:29 AM
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BikeWNC put on a fall 2007 ride (photo link) that introduced me to part of my favorite BRP route. It climbs up to Richland Balsam, then over to the Pisgah Inn for lunch, and return.

Here's my 2012 route recording on ridewithgps. 55 miles and 6300 feet of climbing. Pull down the Maps list and select Terrain, then zoom all the way in.

A picture at Richland Balsam is required!



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I took more pictures on a solo 2009 ride.

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If you enjoyed that area you need to come do this with us. It is one of my favorite mountain rides and includes those venues:

https://www.blueridgebreakaway.com/hawk.html
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The Parkway and surrounding area is a theme park for bicycles and motorcycles. I have ridden all over the States and have yet to find a place I enjoy this much. The thing I marvel at is how lightly the Parkway is traveled. Even on key weekends there is very little motor traffic and on a weekday morning you have it all to yourself. Thanks for the link jppe!
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That looks like a great ride. I'd love to do the parkway some time. It'll probably have to wait until after I'm retired.

Congratulations on your goal. Now you know what they say: Once you achieve a goal, you have to set a new one.





Put Mt Evans on your bucket list. It's just west of Denver off I-70.

It's not really steep--6% or so--but it goes on and on and on, and up and up and up. And there's no air up there.

The locals I rode with took pity on me and we started halfway up at Echo Lake. Yes, that first pic of me starting is already halfway up. That's at about 10,000 feet or so and still 14 miles and 4,000 feet from the top. Locals start at the town of Idaho Springs, 14 miles downhill from that sign.

Five years later it remains the most memorable ride of my life. Certainly a "high point". It's worth the trip.
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I try and do a few over 12 passes in Colorado every year..on my BMW motorcycle of course. Usually there are a few determined looking cyclers just comin' over the top. It must require a bit of getting used to the altitude, I get winded just walking up the trail from the parking lot! Now, rats, I'll have to focus on Mt Evans,thanks a lot TSL! :>)

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TSL; Wow, that is about 4,000 feet above a legitimate "there ain't no air up there". You conditioning is clearly excellent.

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