Got a nice 40 minute RUN in this afternoon with Floyd the dog. We’re were both feeling like lazy fat-asses and since it was such a beautiful day…. a run was in order. I decided to do the basic nighborhood run backwards. Floyd was done at about mile 3 but I figure it was best for me to slow down, too. It was my first run in months. Anyway, maybe we’ll do it again tomorrow morning before work…. but maybe not.
Erinna and I just got in from two days of riding. We were dropped off in Blowing Rock, NC and rode back to Asheville, NC. We split it into a two day ride and covered 98 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a bit under 19,000 feet of climbing.
Day 1. 44 miles, 7660′ climbing. Blowing Rock to Little Switzerland:
Day 2. 54 miles, 11,000′ climbing (12,4′ descending) Little Switzerland to Asheville:
Erinna, Day 1, before the rain started: (click to see until -> goes away)
On Day 1 we saw many of these signs, but NOT many of the views they advertised:
The Linville Viaduct, a place with Wever family history:
After those photos the day got so intense…. Rain… Fog with less than 100′ visibility… traffic… but morale was incredibly high. We were having a great time despite the conditions. We stayed at the Switzerland Inn, in one of the A frames. I definitely recommend staying here:
Erinna is a badass (She’s pretty damn cute, too). She carried a bottle of wine for us from Blowing Rock to Little Switzerland. Wine in styro cups in the A frame:
The new WaltWorks bike she was riding is badass, too.
Day 2 we woke up to a temps in the 40’s, blue skies, and ominous clouds. For now, a sampling of the views from Day 2:
It’s been a while since my last ride. What? Two weeks? I’ve got a good exuse at least: My Dr. decided to filet my big toe. It’s been two weeks of stitches and gimpin’ around for me. Anyway, I decided the ‘Two Hour’ ride was in order for this beautiful early Spring day. Over to Biltmore->Up to the parkway through Biltmore Forest->BRP to Craven Gap->Town Mountain Road to Downtown->Clingman back to W.A’ville.
Just under 29 miles with 4250 feet of climbing.
The Multibeast, still kickin’ after 10 years:
The weather was sunny and in the 50’s when I left Asheville. Who would have guessed I’d be descending Town Mountain in a SNOWSHOWER?!?!?
I felt pretty good considering the time off the bike. I did have to stop on the final grunt to the top of Town Mountain to catch my breath and to zip up. In the end the two hour ride took my about 2:10. I’m O.K. with that!