Blue Ridge Parkway

May 14, 2017

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Mother’s Day – Breakfast in bed. (Uncle Wayne, do you recognize the pan?)

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Deb went back to bed to celebrate her day and I went for bike ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is me trying to rescue a snake.

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Then some work around the “mountain place” including yard work and finding thsi salamander.

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Then it was time to hike. #19 #52hikechallenge – Gragg Prong Falls. Sam and I started last year to hike to these falls, but it was getting woods dark and we didn’t have a place to camp yet so we turned around, really glad we went back, awesome place and great swimming hole when it warms up.

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The whole hike is beautiful!

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There are a couple of creek crossings, in the end we gave up trying to keep the boots dry!

Oct. 16, 2016

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The day started slow and we got on the road a little late, it was race #2 of the season, but the light was awesome, and we stopped a couple of times for pictures. In fact I had to talk myself into going to the race over hiking and picture taking.

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But race I did! The Boone race is always great, a challenging course and free pizza and beer make it an easy choice!

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Sam’s picture of this year’s special treat, an of camber greasy turn downhill… lots of falls!

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I was happy I rode it all 3 laps, no falls for me.

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Me on the run up.

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Celebrating my 44th place : P – thanks Sam for the pictures and cheering for me!

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It was time for pictures after the race, the Blue Ridge Parkway was busy as near peak color was everywhere!

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Price Lake at Julian Price Memorial Park

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Jesse Brown Cottage next to the Cool Springs Baptist Church on the parkway.

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Cascade Falls, also called “The Cascades“,  located at E. B. Jeffress Park

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Just a creek

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Raven Rock Overlook

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Me cycling just for a picture. (Sam picture)

 

Oct. 15, 2016 (The rest of the day)

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The day started before dawn for the drive to Lenoir and the first race of the 2016-17 North Carolina Cyclocross Series. Turns out tennis does not help one bit for cycling – I finished about 5 from dead last, but this picture from Sam captures the moment… this is the last lap and coming out of the last turn, the lap before I had caught this guy but took a beer hand-up (illegal, but it’s ‘cross) and had to work to catch him again, as I started my sprint, the chain slipped (why I am about to go over the bars) so no fun sprint to the line for us.

Then Sam and I visited Henry River Mill Village (it’s own post) and headed for a hike a part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to the Upper and Lower Gragg Prong Waterfalls and Hunt-Fish Falls. We got a late start, and I decided to turn around before it got dark, as it was it was after 5:30 when we got back to the truck.

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Cruising along dirt roads in the mountains

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Finally we got on the foggy Blue Ridge Parkway and headed for a campground for the night.

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Dinner, a small fire, a quick card game and off to bed!

 

Nov. 1, 2015

11015podAA wonderful morning drive to Boone.

11015podBTough to see but 2 dozen turkeys (right in the woods) were around this shack, but they ran when I stopped.

11015podC_EthanAI like the course in Boone, around an old fairgrounds and dirt track. The race starts and almost immediately feature a run up (I hate this one)

11015podCWith all the rain, the course was a little “snotty”

My races? I was not DFL, but I could see him. I rode hard but just don’t have any speed. But I had a great solo trip, camping, racing with friends and a little hiking.

Oct. 31, 2015

10315podCAnother weekend of racing cyclocross in NC. Saturday is on a new venue in Lenior.

10315podBThe course feature short but steep climbs, a stair run, sand, mud and some pain.

10315podMI decided to stay solo in the mountains, so after my race, and cheering some friends, I went waterfall hunting.

10315podNAnd driving dirt roads I could find.

10315podPEven some Forest Service roads.

103115podRMy second hike/water fall was cut short by too many stream crossing and only one pair of shoes.

I camped on the Blue Ridge Parkway on the last night it (campground) was open for the season, between the temps in the 40s and rain, I had the whole campground to myself, never even saw a Ranger. Peaceful night reading and listening to the rain and wind.

Aug. 16, 2015 – Wilson Creek

081615pod_Wilson_F 081615pod_Wilson_D 081615pod_Wilson_C 081615pod_Wilson_B 081615pod_Wilson_AA great day, after visiting the vacation home, we went on a bike ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we rode a favorite out and back from camp… 55 minutes of climbing and less than 20 minutes of down you are back at camp. I didn’t look up my max speed, but I saw 41.5 go by on the GPS.

Then we hiked along Wilson Creek, I loved this fallen tree and waterfall!

Bonus picture from Clay, me at work. You can see my wet bottom, I gave up trying to rock hop down to this point, so I sat on the rocks and slid down them, wetter but safer!

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