I got a text from Erinna asking for an update and I texted back 'almost at 215' when I was only at the Pounding Mill Overlook. I soon realized I had made a mistake and was no where near 215. My bike fell over while I was taking a photo and bent my derailleur hanger. It took me about a mile of poor shifting to figure that out. The chain would drop inboard and into the spokes every time I put it into granny.
When the tire was rolling again I realized I was all the way back at Daniel Ridge already. I took Davidson River trail (singletrack descent or paved climb which would you choose?) then immediately was greeted by a police checkpoint at the Fish Hatchery. I turned off my light and rolled forward. 'Everything OK Gentlemen?' and I was waved through with no questions. 475 to 276 was next and that 5 miles of pavement flew by. There is nothing like a paved-slight-downhill-grade to finish a huge ride. The Pisgah Monster-Cross Challenge is going to be a challenge, indeed.