Monday, March 1, 2010

BFE, Tennessee

Went down south for a little hill work in the Appalachians this weekend. Wheels down at 2pm. There were seven of us to start. We hit some rollers. And regrouped about 50 mins in.

And then it was up, up, up the Cherohala Skyway....
A few guys took off. I passed one just before snapping this shot of the 3,000 ft marker.

 It was constant uphill for about 90 mins. And as we climbed, it got colder.
But there were some great views.
We hit the TN/NC border and headed back down. It was a long, cold, fast way down! And we'd worn out one of the guys, so he headed home. Left us with six.

The next morning, it wasn't so warm. And the sun was hiding, so we opted to stay low and hammer some rollers. It was all farm country. And I'd never seen so many off-leash, unfenced dogs come running after cyclists in all my life. One rider got a flat soI took the opportunity to pee. I saw a little wooden dog house looking thing. I figured I'd just go squat behind it. Wrong. Out come the roosters. Cock-a-doodle-doodle-ing. No joke. I opted for a bush across the street.



Apparently, it's normal (and fun!) to ride your road bike up these steep gravel fire roads, so that's how we ended the ride. Again, we re-grouped at the top before heading back down...
...and again crossing the roadkill that seemed to gather at the bottom.

10 comments:

Corky said...

I have been down in that area lots of times . It's one of my fav places to visit .
Nice Pics !

Philippe said...

Wow great week-end!!!
still too cold in quebec for that...

Judi said...

sounds great!

Christi said...

I am so glad that you got some outdoor riding in. I am still waiting for the weather to improve here in Colorado! I loved the hen house adventure. That is hysterical!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I swear I thought you were gonna tell us a dog came out of the doghouse and bit your rear while emptying yourself.

zencycle said...

"Out come the roosters."

that must have been funny

Carolina John said...

i love that area, but that much riding on those hills is seriously hardcore. well done girl.

Melissa said...

Killer ride!! I hope I get in some tough rides like that.

The Sean said...

Sounds grand. You missed the sun by a week.. maybe next time:)

Missy said...

Yay for BFE Tennessee! Y'all come back now.