|Sunset, mountain style|
Last time I rode to the top of Beech it was at the end of a very long ride and with my friend and training partner, JP Scoots. Riding by myself was not nearly as satisfying because when I got to the top there was no one to high five, no one to see me fist pump, no one to say "that's how we do it, yaaaaaaaaaa knoooooooow." In fact the top was pretty much empty so I pulled a Clark Griswald, took a picture for tweeting purposes, and turned around heading back to Boone.
|Boone to Beech Elevation Profile|
After some exploring, hiking, and tree climbing, I ended my day with a short run on the Greenway Trail. The Greenway Trail runs along Winkler Creek just south of App State. It is a trail that winds through several ball fields before it disappears into the quiet wilderness. I ended up turning around at the stone ruins of an old mill house. I think this was the first time in my life I did not want to stop running.
Day 2 was a little more calculated with a short trip to Moses Cone where miles of unpaved trails meet the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hopping on the parkway I headed towards Grandfather Mountain enjoying the weekend's most scenic views. I have never had the opportunity to ride my bike on the parkway but I understand now what all the fuss is about. My favorite part was crossing the Linn Cove Viaduct. What a spectacular view!
This video obviously does not do the view justice but I think you at least get the idea.
But now the party is over. Time to pedal to medal.