Tonight I went on a fun fun fun ride. I started at the river overlook on the parkway, climbed to Bent Creek Gap, descended Bent Creek Gap Road, then meandered back to the Jeep via Hardtimes connector, the paved road, and 191.
I felt really good for the entire climb. The mile markers (all 6 of them) clicked by very quickly. I had the ipod in one ear and the gps software was keeping me up to date. I climbed the first 5 miles in 35 minutes. The second 5 miles included the gravel road descent (which I took no risks on and took a photo break at the tunnel) and it was done in 25 minutes. The third almost 5 miles took 30 minutes. Not bad.