I'm glad I quit when I did. I'm glad that I chose to get a ride with a stranger.
I was able to get out and scout the next section of the route this evening and holy freakin' cow. More climbing. Lots more climbing. Narrow two lane roads. Back woods, back country, out there, don't turn down that side road kind of place.
And I got turned around and lost.... not good.
But, beautiful and a good taste of Appalachia. I might need to change the name of the route.
I wish there were more gravel roads on the loop, but it simply cannot be.
Sometime back, NC decided that it would be a good idea to pave every single road in NC. And that is what they attempted to do, and got pretty far.
Fortunately, the Forest Service roads escaped the pavement rampage.
With my crazy busy schedule, I'm hoping to get out there again this weekend to scout more of the route, and make sure it is reasonable and relatively safe for passage. I can't have anyone ending up in Spillcorn!