|A Great Week on a Historic Road|
Although we were staying at the Pisgah Inn at MP 408.6, we planned to ride to MP 431.4. This gave us 55 miles for the day and enabled us to finish by noon on Saturday ... Jeff said "we must finish by noon on Saturday to get an early start on our drive back to Maryland". More on that in tomorrow's post. Even with only 55 miles, we still had a lot of climbing to do. The last 40 miles were basically up hill and I ended the day with over 8,000 feet.
|The Start of Another Mountainous Day|
|Count the Blue Ridges|
|"I Can See for Miles and Miles ..."|
|Emerging From One of the Tunnels|
|Jeff Wanted Even More Climbing After Pisgah|
|Some "ABB Inappropriate" Celebrating After One of the Big Climbs|
|Looking Glass Rock|
|The Sign Says It All|
Karen and Aila drove us back to the Inn, where we had a nice celebratory wine and picture party followed by a great dinner overlooking the mountains. Jeff outdid himself during dessert and enjoyed not one, but almost three different offerings.
|Final Dinner at Pisgah Inn|
|Part Way Through Silk Pie, Pecan Pie, and Ice Cream|
Day 8 - Saturday, May 12th
The end of a great week. After a hearty breakfast at the Pisgah Inn we drove back to MP 431.4 to start the day. Only 38 miles, but another 3,500 feet of climbing and that was was all poured into two climbs. It was pretty foggy and overcast as we started down the first monstrous descent ... basically 12 miles downhill.
|Foggy Start to Our Last Day|
|Waterfall Provided a Nice Chance to Rest On the Big Climb|
|The Last Mile Marker ...|
|We Did It|
|Loaded and Ready To Go|
|The Ride Home - Geldings and AAN Riders, It Seemed Like Old Times|
It was a great week with great friends. All told, I rode over 400 miles and climbed almost 43,000 feet. Joe was the iron man of the trip, only missing the road closure miles. So many pictures, so many memories, so many laughs. A big thanks to our crew, Aila and Karen. You always had a smile on your face and were close by when we needed you. Your SAG after my wheel went will be a story often told. Thanks again to my riding mates, Jeff and Joe. Like our previous trips ... it would have only been a bike ride without you ... your friendship helped defined the trip and create lasting memories.
|Thanks Karen and Aila ... You Rock|
|Thanks Jeff and Joe ... Another Memorable Ride|
|Thanks TC ... One of My Favorite Pictures|
Good Night Moon ... Good Night Parkway ... Good Night Jeff ... Good Night Aila ... Good Night Joe ... Good Night Karen ... Good Night Climbs ... Good Night Memories ... Good Night Wife ... Good Night Family.