I made sure to keep up on my eating for the day. I have a tendency to forget and then by the end of a long day I start feeling the consequences. I’m not much for figuring out specifics but more just go on what I feel like eating. I have switched to eating things that will be available on the divide, AKA gas station food! It’s not the best diet but it works.
Ripping down Roseboro Rd went by quick and before I knew it I was climbing up 192 to Old House Gap. This is a great “road” that is pretty rough and steep in spots but a fun climb. Cresting out at Old House Gap I continued onto the gravel of 192 which is one of my favorite roads in the forest. It just has a remote feel and is super windy and fun to ride.
Eventually I worked my way over to Pineola Road (FR 464) and began the long climb up to FR 58. I was thinking about riding up to the top and ripping down Headquarters, a super fun fast downhill but I had hit the 50 mile mark at the turnoff for 58 and knew heading to the top would add an extra hour or so and 10 miles so opted for FR 58.
The flowers were out big time! I must have seen 15 different kinds along the roads. Here’s a trillium.
And finally a little bit of singletrack! Gotta keep it real out there. After some fun turns and a couple steep climbs I ended up on Chestnut Mountain Road. This is a grassy double track that is usually climbed to access some great single track but today I had the opportunity to rip down it. It provides some great views and some fun riding!
I was glad to see the “OPEN” sign lit up at the Betsy’s Ol’ Country Store. I had been craving a Coke for at least 15 miles at this point. It tasted so good!
From here there is a short climb over Staircase Mountain and then a 5 mile stretch of flat riding until the infamous Globe Road which climbs just over 2,000 feet at an average grade of about 10%. I had decided to ride only half loaded today since I was dealing with a slight pain in my achilles tendon from some earlier training rides up and down Globe Road earlier in the week. I didn’t want to make it worse. I started up the climb and could feel the pain in my achilles but it was easy to manage. I just couldn’t put a lot of power in so I just spun at a decent pace and made my way. About halfway up it started feeling better and I stood up for the long steep section and didn’t really notice it bothering me at all. I had issues with my achilles during the Trans North Georgia on day 3 as well but it was also quick to work itself out then. I finally made it to the top and stopped at the overlook in Blowing Rock and realized I was going to be about 10 miles short of my 100 mile goal for the day.
Here’s the view from the overlook. I posted a picture before of this same spot on a foggy day a couple weeks ago. Here you can see the amazing view of the Pisgah Forest.
|Thanks for the pic Mike Anderson!|