This past weekend, Joe and I headed up to Brevard, NC for a “dudes weekend” of riding mountain bikes and drinking beer. The weather was pretty incredible and combined with the leaf season and the riding, I can actually describe it as “epic”.
On Saturday we did Long Branch, Butter Gap, Farlow, Daniel, Cove Creek and the other side of Daniel: http://app.strava.com/rides/25071667. I rode most of Farlow, walked in a few sections, but still need to work on my “fears”. Once I point the bike down and just go, I can clear sections I never thought I would, but I mentally wuss out sometimes. Daniel, both ways down, was pretty much the best trail on the planet. It was almost overload. Must.go.back.soon
After the ride, the beer drinking part occured. Headed to Pisgah Tavern for a beverage where we met up with some Atlanta area guys that were doing a late bachelor party for a friend. We hit up dinner at Mayberry’s, which has become a staple now when we hit Brevard, SO tasty, and got an invite out to Jeff’s mountain house for the evening. Those guys were doing it RIGHT. Big Green Egg, meat, booze, and bonfire. “What an awesome time, no chicks, just a bunch of dudes hanging out. This is great! Such a contrast from 10 years ago huh?”
Sunday, we did most of a loop I did in May. Squirrel, Laurel Creek, up to Laurel Mountain and finishing off the weekend with an incredible descent down Pilot Rock. Had the “eyes bigger than our legs” feeling as we ended up with over 6 hours on the bike and the climb up Laurel suuuuucked: http://app.strava.com/rides/25071687. The Pilot Rock descent was worth all the climbing. First time I’ve ridden it all the way down vs stopping for the overlook, and was able to get into a groove.
One of the things I really need to work on is my “2nd day” power. I can ride forever on Day 1, but feel terrible on Day 2. Same thing happened when I tried the TNGA route. Did ~90 miles on day 1 and felt AWESOME but was a wreck on Day 2. My body feels that Day 2 is recovery day and I need to fix that.
We stopped along the way and took some pictures, and got some pretty good ones. Joe is a semi-pro (should be pro) photographer and got an awesome shot of me.