Usually I include a few photos in my ride summary posts, but there were just so many for Mitchell that they warrant their own post. Note that I took most of these from the bike while moving, sometimes (but not usually) fast. I apologize for the dubious quality of some.
You can read the full ride report here.
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Assault on Mt Mitchell Starting Line
The ride to Marion
Rest stop at Marion. Tom Johnson Campground.
Marion Rest Stop again. They had delicious Coke.
Riding on 80. Could see the mountains we would be climbing.
Gorgeous dam at the early section of Highway 80.
Climbing the switchbacks of Highway 80.
This sign meant the climbing was almost over.
The entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway from Highway 80
Tunnel on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Climbing the Blue Ridge Parkway
Even with the overcast weather, the views from the Blue Ridge Parkway were gorgeous.
Had climbed about 2/3 the Mitchell elevation by this point.
This was the Mt Mitchell overlook from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Can't see much. I would be riding up that, into those clouds.
Almost to the state park entrance.
Turning into Mount Mitchell State Park
Tough climbing up to the park.
We would be riding to the summit, which meant we still had a ways to go.
Finally the real park entrance. You can see how wet it was.
Last big climb until the end.
Me crossing the finish line. Triumphant!
Finish line from the side
Wet and rainy bike racks. Getting ready to transport them down the mountain.