Holy hell that was hard. Last night I rode a big 'ole gravel/pavement loop/figure 8. Starting at the French Broad River overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway(BRP)->191->Bent Creek Gap Rd->FS479->BRP->NC276->FS1206->FS5000->BRP back to the Jeep. I started at 8:15 and wasn't done until just past 1AM.
47 miles, 8050 climbing. 25 miles of pavement, 22 miles of gravel.
Oh, thanks to Mike B. for identifying the dozens of birds that dove across my headlight. Swifts.