Monday, March 17, 2008

Wow we had an amazing trip in Georgia. We stayed on top of a hill/mountain just outside of Blue Ridge, Georgia. There is some really great riding around there, especially if you like to climb, since you had to go up a 1km at the end of every ride.

One of the best routes to ride turned out to be part of the Tour de Georgia which was pretty awesome to see the routes for the first time. They look like some killer routes and maybe one day I'll get to do it.

The first real climb we did was up Woody Gap. We came up the easy way and you really didn't know how high you got till you got right at the top and there was a spectacular view, that would have been even better if it wasn't misting/raining.

I had to go down the other side and come back up just for shits and grins, and get a LT effort in, while the others gladly waited at the gas station down the road a mile.

At the bottom I was greeted with this sign, which just so happens to be the 33 miles of roads we were on to get there. One of my all time favorite roads.

The following day we got real adventurous. We started off the same way and instead of going going down Woody Gap we took a left and headed to Wolf Pen Gap and from there made the trek over to Brasstown Bald, before turning back home and doing the other climbs all over again.

From the parking lot at Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia and I do believe the hardest climb I've ever done. For the 3 miles I think I averaged 9mph and at times was doing between 5-6 and that was pretty much going all out. Unbelievable.

Then on the last day pretty much did the same thing without making the trip out to Brasstown, it wasn't that I didn't want to do the climb all over again, it was the fact that I didn't want to do the chip and seal road that is gradually uphill for the 5 miles before. Just didn't have it in me.

All in all it was an excellent week of riding. Props go out to Jeff and Alex for riding most of it with me. They just sat behind me having casual conversations. Ha. Of course you guys couldn't have been to tired as you wanted more on Sunday. Give me a call this week we can do it all over again, but of course we won't have the climbs.

Getting pumped for camp, which starts next week. Can't wait to hang with the guys and maybe finally get my new ride.

Breeze On

Won't winter ever go away!

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