After a few miles, the mountains kicked up and the real climbing started. VA has climbs but NC's are longer and steeper. The miles tick by slower.
My muscles warmed up after a while and I was enjoying the ride. My thoughts turned to my night's lodging. Why do I bother bringing camping gear, if I'm not going to use it? I considered my reasoning, and realized that comfort is a big deal. Feeling some sort of comfort,protection and security from the weather is an important mental element. Endurance athletes talk a lot about muscle recovery, but not quite as much about mental recovery.
There is also the issue of wind chill. Anyway. I'm going to do some research on my shelter options.
I worked my way up and over the numerous climbs. Each one different, each one taking effort and energy. Stopping periodically at overlooks to refill my water bottle and soak in the fresh air.
|One mile to go.|