Hickory, NC to Mount Mitchell
Kurt rode 100 miles with 10,000+ feet of climbing from Hickory, NC to Mount Mitchell.
Bicycle Adventurers: Just me, myself, and I, Kurt Holtzclaw.
When: June 26–27, 2016
Accommodations: Camping at Mount Mitchell State Park
Distance: Just less than 100 miles to Mount Mitchell with a detour to Lake James, then 75 miles back home the next day.
Bonus tip for this adventure: Ride to the highest point on the East Coast!
This 100-mile day with 10,000 feet of climbing proved to be a long day in the saddle. The ride up Highway 80 to the Blue Ridge Parkway was beautiful and brutal, though a little crowded, but still safe. I was definitely ready to collapse by the time I got up to Mount Mitchell State Park, but it was all worth it.
I woke up early and rode to the summit of Mt. Mitchell, only another mile from the campground. The weather was gloomy and fog blocked the view, so I decided not to push my bike up the final walkway to the actual summit and instead turned around in the parking lot. The ride down to US 70 was almost all downhill — fast and fun. US 70 back to Hickory was constant rolling hills and bright sun.
Your favorite local bike shop? Carolina Pedal Works in Hickory, NC.
Bike overnight tips and tricks?
- Pack less.
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