6PM Friday: It took me 30 minutes to finish loading up and get changed, I was on the road at 6 on the dot. I figured I had about 1.5 hrs until complete darkness set in and with the thick cloud cover and chance of rain, it would be dark.
My goal was N Mills River Campground, so I headed south on the parkway, through the Arboretum, up Bent Creek, past the lake, left on Bent Creek Gap Rd, and up the hill to the gap. As I was riding up BC Gap Rd, the sunlight started to fade, and suddenly, as the setting sun reflected between the earth and clouds, everything glowed brightly for about 15 minutes. Out west and in Europe they call it Alpen glow, I call it Appen Glow (short for Appalachian ) .
And then it got dark, very dark. I stopped briefly in the gap to turn on my light and put on some arm warmers and a vest. It did not take long before the last climb and the last bend before riding into the campground. Half of the spaces were vacant so I picked one that I liked and proceeded to set up camp.
|Monkey rides along|
|punk rock smiley face|
|The hike a bike, much more difficult with a 50 lb load.|
|Upper Laurel Mtn|
|The Ridge that I just climbed|
|This did not last long, but was definitely comforting.|
Can't wait till the next one!