24 March, 2008

Southern Escape Day 1

Ouch. A little too much of the hopped beverage, combined with some futon related user error, led to a very cloudy morning. A stack of Bruce's waffles and a strong cup of joe helped clear the cobwebs and we suited up and headed to Bent Creek for some riding. Bent Creek is the Luxembourg of Pisgah, lying within the Pisgah National Forest, but somehow its not Pisgah, its Bent Creek, and further discussion into this matter yielded no results. Its there, its got great riding, and it was our destination du jour. A friend of Bruce's joined us, a guy who's a pastry chef at the local country club, so I got to talk food with someone as we grinded up some pretty good climbs. We rolled out of the parking lot, and gained elevation for the next forty minutes, which we then lost in about seven. That's pretty much how it went for the rest of the day, gain some elevation, and race to the bottom. Chris and Bruce picked out a great loop, connecting a bunch of really nice descents spiked with climbs of the grinding variety, as well as the swichbacked and steep. The climbs hurt as the hangover got worse, even Bruce was struggling up the last climb. We eased into the week with a two and half hour ride in great temps and blue skies. By the end of the day the Firewater IPA and Sweetwater IPA had all left my system, I gained enough focus to ride a nice little stunt, and we hit up Papa's and Beer for some great Mexican food. Day 1 in the bag, laying low tonite, and riding Pisgah tomorrow


Stats: 20.13 miles, 3,938 feet of climbing, 2:07 moving time
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