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Cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway

Anyone who has ridden even a portion of the Parkway has undoubtedly learned that you don’t simply ride the Parkway.  Climbs can be dispiriting, downhills are thrilling, views are inspiring and the traffic can be frustrating. You don’t just ride the Parkway, you experience it.  Nothing is given to you on the Parkway, you’ll work for every foot of altitude, but the payoff is worth the effort.  When you summit a major peak you’ll experience feelings of pride and accomplishment seldom felt from riding lowland roads.  This can become addictive and if you’re a regular on the Parkway, you’ll start to see familiar faces; other Parkway junkies out to get their fix.

If you are lucky enough to live close to this ribbon of pavement that slices its way through the Blue Ridge; you are lucky enough.

Thanks for reading, Jack

  1. Andy Lievertz
    September 9, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Then you are amongst the luckiest, Jack!

    It all comes rushing back as I read your description of that road-of-roads. How arduous it was, to get to that highest-point-in-Virginia, and then how thrilling to enjoy the next 13 >almost entirely< downhill miles to the James river.

    Wonderful picture. I thought of you and Raquel a lot while I was touring on the west coast this past summer. Hoping you are always well! It always makes me happy when my rss reader pops up with something new from The Velo Hobo =)


  2. velohobo
    September 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    ugg, I remember that streach of road totally differently. Of course we were traveling in the other direction, 13 miles uphill in the pouring rain.

    I’ll tell Raquel you said hello, Jack

  3. September 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Well, all I can say is AMEN!


  1. September 11, 2010 at 10:48 am

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