Blue Ridge Parkway

Oct. 27, 2019

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I finally made a start (and finish) in the 2019 North Carolina Cyclocross season.

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After a lot of overnight rain, the course in Boone was muddy again!

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I had fun, didn’t race well, fell a couple of times, but it was great to be back on the start line this weekend!

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After the race, I explored for fall colors

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The light wasn’t great, so I went for a hike

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Goshen Creek is a pretty little waterway

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not much color on the trees

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but fun to rock hop

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a just enjoy the silence

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then I tried another HDR of the sunset

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Oct. 7, 2019

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A foggy start to my ride.

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The BRP Linn Cove viaduct was even worse. It was an awesome morning on the bike!

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Then it was time to explore… a Forest Service Road I heard about….

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pictures never do it justice and I quit taking photos as my stress raised and the obstacles became tougher… this was no joke; several washouts, ravens and wheel lifting later we were halfway through. Each time I walked a route, I was looking not to make sure I could get through it, could I get back up it if the road was blocked a or a closed gate.

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An awesome camping spot for a lunch break. My truck is the minimum I would have wanted to take, 33 inch tires, 2.5 inch lift, armored with bumpers, sliders and skid plates… anything less would have resulted in damage!

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A good day!

 

Oct. 6, 2019

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A weekend that changes. Instead of elk, we ended up in Boone again, since I hadn’t planned anything, we searched for a waterfall I had not been to, this is Laurel Creek Falls (I think) but we rock hopped up the creek for a long ways looking for more. Either way this is an awesome swimming hole.

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A corn dog and loaded fries with a gose beer at The Cardinal in Boone! Yum!!!

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No sunset tonight, only fog!

June 4, 2019

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Back on the road, Kodak must see everything.

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the threat of rain made a change of plans, so I jumped on the bike as soon as we got to Blowing Rock

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All the climbing is worth it with these views, and the screaming descent. (although today the descent had a headwind and I was only able to hit 43mph)

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after dinner at the Coyote Kitchen, we headed to our favorite hill top for the sunset. I had figured out how to download Netflix on the iPad for a trip that didn’t happen, so now I can binge watch shows like Sabrina.

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Kodak kept an eye on the wildlife

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until they got too close.

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good cow!

May 27, 2019

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Sunrise from Flat Top Tower. I had wanted to hike to it for lat night’s sunset but was exhausted from my ride for the 5 mile hike. So I got up before the sun and ran to the tower… I missed the very beginning since I didn’t take in the fact the first 2.5 miles was “uphill” and my running pace was slower. Still a gorgeous sunrise and a great run.

June 14, 2018

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An early morning bike ride, a new route to stretch the distance.

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But still across the Linn Cove Viaduct and it’s freshly paved surface.

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Then time to hike…. my original planned trail is closed, so we started up Rough Ridge Trail

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it’s very rocky….

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then over the top to the Wilson Creek Trail to make a loop.

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A great day along the Blue Ridge Parkway!