The First 24 Hours of a Bike Tour
Let’s turn back time by a month or so, do you remember that I won a wonderful scholarship from BikeLaw.com to join their Blue Ridge Bike Tour? That’s where I am now, on that 4.5 day tour from bed & breakfast to bed & breakfast down the Blue Ridge Parkway with Black Bear Adventures.
Day 1 of my Blue Ridge Parkway Bike Tour
Thankfully co-rider (and scholarship winner) Weldon Weaver nicely picked me up to carpool the two hours from Charlotte to Blowing Rock, NC. A ton of great conversation and scenery we arrived at 1pm to our hotel. Our fellow touring friends didn’t roll in until 3pm so Weldon and I were biting at the bit (dressed and ready at 3pm Peter!) Finally everyone was ready, and I think we rolled out around 4pm. Most of us rocking our new Bike Law kits, wool socks and awesomeness.
30 miles, a lightening storm, Blue Ridge Parkway and a killer descent. A great way to start a 4.5 day bike tour!
Day 2 of my Blue Ridge Parkway Bike Tour
Wake up sore, feeling hung over (didn’t take enough electrolytes the day before) and not sure I was really prepared for the days climbing! At breakfast we happen to see the days weather, and it didn’t look pretty. Cycling cap on, Gore water proof jacket, and a baggy full of treats in my bag.
I suffered, and suffered some more. Wet socks, wet cap, wet gloves, we ass. You get the point. We went up a whole lot, and down for what seemed like seconds (some of the best seconds I’ve had in a road bike in awhile.)
I learned a lot about myself. I thought I sucked at climbing before, I am even worse than I thought. But, damn I love going down hill fast! I learned to keep pedaling, to find a rhythm in your body and keep trudging.
Tomorrow is a new day, I hear we are riding up Mount Mitchell. For now I leave you with photos from Peter @ Bikelaw.com