Adventuring in Appalachia

Hello again!

It’s been a while! I’ve neglected this blog mainly because a large part of my job in the summer is daily blog writing for the camp I work at — trying to keep up a personal blog simultaneously just created too much writing fatigue. However, that neglect drifted into the rest of the year, especially with a lack of racing in 2020.

Even though covid caused race cancellations and altered my race season goals for this year, I haven’t stopped biking (even though I stopped writing about it for a while). Reading back over an old blog post I wrote about biking with my dad, I remembered the importance of putting value on the “everyday adventure” rides, not just the training and racing.

This year has definitely provided the opportunity to focus on other aspects of cycling that motivate me beyond racing. One of my favorite things about this sport is the way a bike allows you to explore new places. On a September weekend two weeks ago, Zeb and I had the opportunity to do just that.

I even made a video if you want to see it here.

After work on Friday, I set out on the first part of my weekend of camping/riding in three states and four national forests. This area of Appalachia that we live in is beautiful, and it was a privilege to spend the whole weekend exploring some new roads and trails. A couple times I got a little lost, but it was all worth it.

I’m looking forward to many more adventures on the bike that are yet to come!

Day 1: Biking 40 miles from home to Gorges State Park in NC. This is the view from the top of Toxaway Falls on the way over.
Day 2: 61 miles, 7000′ of elevation, and 3 states (NC, SC, and GA). Finished the day in Sumter National Forest, and got to see the country’s smallest post office.
Day 3: what was supposed to be a casual ride turned into a misadventure when the road didn’t connect – 50 miles, 6300′, and another exciting tri-state ride from the campground.

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