I am staying a few days with MVF, The Cycling Fiend, and she led the way this morning on a fiendish ride in the Blue Ridge region of North Carolina. I have a new respect for the fortitude of the people who venture out on two wheels in this area.
First, let me say, there is nothing quite like climbing a hill that makes you whimper and as it curves you see that you are really at the bottom. The rest of it reaches the outer layers of the atmosphere!
Second, I have never spent quite that much time in my (ahem) granny gear with my heart rate so high it could have acted as a metronome for an aspiring speed metal musician.
Most importantly, I found out what it means to get to the top of that hill and have 360 degree views of the mountains and valleys. TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!!!!
Take a look. (Please forgive my very old phones interpretation of majestic views. Also, in fairness, two were taken from the car because some of the shots are a little hard to get when you are hurtling back towards earth!!)
Today is a good day to RIDE!!!!!!!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!