No riding today. We ended up climbing at a secret place near Table Rock. Probably the best choice considering how my tendon was feeling. Lots of fun until we got boomed off by some really close lightening. It would not have been a real trip to the mountains of NC without a little lightening. We ended up coming back in the afternoon to finish the route we had started which was super fun.
The day ended with a big dinner at a Mexican restaurant and a few beers. Ahh, the good life.
Today was a day off the bikes but not a rest day. We headed up to Table Rock to do a classic route, the North Ridge. Our team consided of Bill and I, Jeep and his friend Jay. The climb was not too hard but had great views and a nice hike scramble to get to the base.
It was so nice to visit Table Rock again after so many years. When we made it to the parking lot we ran into an Outward Bound Crew which brought back a ton of fond memories but also made me feel old. We also ran into a young climber from OB after finishing the route. The day could not have been nicer.
We woke up at Shaw and Sarah’s house, took a nice ride down to Boone Bike and Touring with Shaw to meet Bill’s friend Robert, who live in the area. After getting out bikes ready we headed out of Boone for the Parkway. Our plan was to ride to Jeep’s house near Table Rock. Jeep is an old friend from Outward Bound that Bill and I have had many a great adventure with.
Along the way we dropped down into Blowing Rock for some great pizza at the Mellow Mushroom. The ride back out was more than slow with a few pounds of pizza in our guts be we were able to keep moving.
We arrived at Jeep’s in the late afternoon after saying our goodbyes to Robert and hung out for a mellow evening. It was great to catch up and even watch a stage of the Vuelta de España on the TV.
For a map of our ride on this day check here: http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/1161833181