THE RIDE: Once again we have the opportunity to escape to cool mountain air, long-range views, and some of the nicest roads you will ever ride. We will ride to, on, past, and through Grandfather Mountain, the Linn Cove Viaduct, and Cone Manor. And we will have some great social stuff in the delightful resort town of Blowing Rock.
This ride is all about taking in the setting and the beauty. There is no need to be able to average 13 miles an hour. This is more about touring than it is about riding!
THE EVENT: We can’t travel to a place this nice without doing some things worthy of the location.
Friday Morning/Afternoon – Your choice of riding, golf, shopping, hiking around Bass Lake, or nothing.
Friday Evening – Live music in Blowing Rock followed by beverages and dinner at 7:45 P.M. at Storie Street Grille on Main Street in Blowing Rock. (www.storiestreetgrille.com)
Saturday morning/Afternoon – Rides as described below
Saturday Evening – Cookout at Terry Beal’s house
Sunday – Your choice
LODGING: Like years past, you will be on your own to identify and arrange lodging from the variety of chain and local hotels and excellent B&Bs in the area. Please note that this is not something you should procrastinate on since this will be peak season in the High County. It’s better to lock in now and cancel if your plans change then to find yourself commuting from a distant location.
Here are several possibilities (in ascending order of fanciness) in the heart of Blowing Rock.:
1. Holiday Inn Express – Blowing Rock South [masked])
2. Hemlock Inn [masked])
3. The Ridgeway Inn [masked])
4. The New Public House B&B [masked])
5. The Inn at Ragged Gardens B&B [masked])
The rides will begin and end at a small (and very oddly-located) rest area off Highway 221, exactly 1.7 miles up Hwy 221 from the intersection of Main Street and 221 in Blowing Rock. If you are staying in town, you can easily ride to this start point. And while it will be a climb for you to get there, you will be rewarded with a sweet downhill at the end.
Three routes have been mapped for this trip, and all share much of the main route. Regardless of the one you choose, you will still peddle to the base of Grandfather Mountain, cross the Linn Cove Viaduct, experience a 5-mile descent on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and face a challenging climb at the end that starts from Price Lake. Detailed que sheets will be provided.
The routes with elevation changes are available here:
Short (25.5 miles/2,112 Ft. of Climb: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19978334
Medium (33.4 miles/2,951 Ft. of Climb): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19978225
Long (30.6 miles/3,423 Ft. of Climb): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19978322
Please note that routes are subject to change.
THE RULES: As always, the required items are: helmet, front and rear lights, hydration, spare tube/patch kit, inflation capability, and eye protection. There is a waiver on the TOD site that applies to our rides. Your participation is evidence that you have accepted the terms of this waiver.