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
Bike Law: Blue Ridge Parkway Tour
This week has been a week of first. First the 24 Hours of Burn, and now a scholarship!
Bike Law Scholarship
A couple weeks back I put out a call on Twitter & Facebook for my friends to nominate me to win a scholarship through BikeLaw.com. This scholarship would allow me to participate on their Blue Ridge Parkway supported tour.
Join us from Wednesday June 22nd through Sunday June 26th for a five-day journey through cycling paradise. The plan is to have Paul and his team guide us on the most scenic stretches of the Parkway, as we ride from inn to inn. We will have great accommodations, amazing food, and just the right level of pampering. We will ride ourselves ragged during the day, relax around the dinner table, and brainstorm about the future of bike advocacy in the Southeast. Every evening will focus on a different angle, as we get deeper towards an answer: How will the Southeast fulfill its promise to be the center of North American cycling?
We will combine the very best of bicycle tourism with a roundtable to further our passion for bicycle advocacy. You will come away energized and empowered to continue making a difference in the Southeast. We have some of the greatest cycling problems to face, but also have the most promise for the future.
Tour Itinerary: This is challenging terrain, but there will be options for riding less. Paul knows how to cater to all fitness levels. No one will complain that it is too easy!
Day 1 Wednesday June 22: Meet in Blowing Rock, NC, with an afternoon ride along beautiful Route 221.
Day 2 Thursday June 23: Cycle from Blowing Rock to Little Switzerland.
Day 3 Friday June 24: Cycle from Little Switzerland to Asheville including ascent up Mt. Mitchell.
Day 4 Saturday June 25: Cycle one of many metric century options available from Asheville.
Day 5 Sunday June 26: Morning ride from Asheville before our afternoon shuttle back to Blowing Rock.
The price of the Tour is $1200, which includes all lodging, most food, shuttle transportation back to Blowing Rock, all guide services, and a specially designed mybikelaw jersey, shorts, and socks!
Thanks to all of you, myself and 3 others won! I’ll be traveling through the mountains of western NC later this June. I guess it is about time to start riding on the road more!