May 15 is the date set for the re-opening of the Parkway north of Asheville. That will allow us to avoid the long superslab detour to reach Mt. Mitchell and points north. Yeehah! Just in time for some great spring trips to the Grandfather Mtn./Boone region.
I've got a new seat testing buddy for the Vee - he's not too impressed with the job - thinks it's too hard for his tender butt.
From yesterday's local loop - it's a short (about 80 mile) ride that offers up a lot of variety. Flatlands, twisty, steep climbs, deserted watershed riding, rolling Piedmont farmland, a big mountain lake, steep cliffs, small villages and a final dash through apple country to check out the longhorns at the Camp. It's a good way to start the day.
View out over the lower Green River Valley, looking north towards the high peaks of the Black Range.
The previous shot was taken from the distant peak in this photo - that's Tryon Peak, near Tryon and Columbus, NC. I'm standing by Hwy. 9 to get the shot, between Mills Springs and Lake Lure, NC. This is a cool country highway, roller-coastering over the hills and rivers of the upper Piedmont before entering the mountains again at Lake Lure. It was a blue sky day that seemed to have everybody in a great mood - even the numerous cops along the way waved as I passed by, and one even stopped while I was shooting these shots to talk biking - he was a nice fellow that was really interested in the adventure biking theme.
Lake Lure - part of the Dirty Dancing movie was filmed at a camp on this lake. (Ok, it was a long time ago, but not a half bad movie.)
Don't believe it - the longhorns are a bunch of laid back *****cats! That's the healthiest looking, most contented herd of bovines that I've ever encountered.