Monday, June 07, 2010
I forced myself to go, knowing that the humidity was high and that it would pay off for ORAMM. I pedaled over to the parkway and started my personal assault on Mt Mitchell. I used to do this ride several times per year, but have not done it in at least two years. I was excited about doing it again, yet somewhat apprehensive. It is a long ways!
I spent some time warming up before I got to the first big climb. At the top I felt good and had the feeling that this was going to be a good ride.
My gut turned out to be right. As soon as I got above 3000 ft or so of elevation, the sun shone brightly and the views were incredible. I have wanted to do a ride above the clouds since I moved here 6 yrs ago and it finally worked out. The conditions definitely caused my spirits to soar. I spun on up the road, thinking about life. Nothing too deep, just letting my mind jump from thought to thought.
I could not remember how long this ride had taken in the past, but I was thinking about 6.5 hrs. When I estimate a ride time I like to inflate the time, just in case. I was expecting to get back home around 2pm.
It is difficult to explain the sensations and feelings that I experienced today on this ride. If you ride, you can understand. There are some rides where everything clicks and things are great. This is one of those rides.
I made it to the top in 3 hrs and 2 minutes. I don't know if this is fast or slow, and would like to know and compare the time to others, to satisfy my competitive drive. But, the other side of me doesn't really care. It was a great day.
And that is exactly what I did:
Posted by My name is Stephen at 6:05 AM