You might ask, "why was it such a beautiful day?" I will admit the first hour and a half I was getting close to miserable. The wind was blowing, rain was sheeting down, and the temperature was dropping as I gained altitude. I got to an overlook close to the top of Reddish and it was all worth it. The rain had just stopped and the view towards WV was breathtaking. There were clouds rising up from the valleys leaving the mountaintops clear and bathed in sunlight which was streaming through breaks in the clouds overhead. I finished climbing to the Knob, got a bite to eat then put on some more clothing for the descent on the fire road. That was a great part of the ride. Other than the occasional bear hunter I was completely alone. The muddy road stretching before me and the green canopy overhead made it feel like I was totally immersed in Creation. As I was just getting out the National Forest and heading towards Stokesville and then home I saw in quick succession a flock of at least 12 wild turkeys and a black bear cub. I then took the back way home and just as I crested a small hill the sun broke through the clouds and bathed the Valley in golden light right before it set behind Narrowback Mountain. Yes it is sometimes hard to get out of your Lazy Boy and onto your bike but it is almost always worth it!
Here is my Salsa Casseroll right after the ride. You can't tell very well but it is coated in mud. After I took this picture I had to take a hose and blast all the mud off so I could further clean and lube the much-abused drivetrain.
This picture was not taken during the aforementioned ride but a week before. I decided to ride up the the Knob early in the morning and on the descent I saw the sun throwing a spot of brilliant light on the road and I had to take a picture of it. God's Creation is so beautiful, you just have to be out in it to see scenes like this!
Here is a video of the Gran Fondo I am planning on doing in a little over three weeks.
Till next time,