Since Bridge to Bridge was such a big ride, I could not include all of the photos in the blog post. Like I did with Mitchell a few months ago, I am posting a photo journal for this ride. These were mostly taken from the bike while moving, so the quality is not always spectacular. At the end there is a video of me crossing the finish line.
You can read the full ride report here.
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Early bird gets the worm
Starting line behind me
The early paceline group
The sign should have said '10 mile climb ahead'
Grinding my way up Highway 181.
Foggy riding near Linville
Highway 105 near Foscoe
This was the usual greenery on Schull's Mill Rd
Shull's Mill Road
Schull's Mill Road
Heavy fog on 221 / Blowing Rock Hwy
A short, steep and grueling climb ahead.
Still foggy heading up Grandfather
Oh look, the sun. My legs hurt.
Please pass, car. My quads need that lane.
C'mon, we're not there yet?
Three switchbacks near the top of Grandfather
I would smile for the picture if this didn't hurt so much.
That's not a smile. That's a groan that shows teeth.
The last hurrah. Can I get a push?
The 3rd speck is me on the last climb.
The actual finish line.
These are the clouds we rode through all day
More clouds on the other side.
Swinging Bridge is not as scary when you can't see the bottom.