Here's how we do it in Virginia. This is the ridge road at the top of "Reddish Knob" a delicious little stretch of the George Washington National Forest just outside Harrisonburg, VA. You're looking at the ridgeline at the top of the climb. It's a nice treat to ride from the false summit up to the parking lot because the road is full of tight switchbacks, steep drop-offs and excellent views. You can see Virginia (off your left shoulder) and West Virginia (off your right shoulder) from most sections of the last two miles.
This is the top of the climb, in the foreground is the last mile, which is a ridgeline ride to the summit parking lot. Riding the ridgeline is a nice treat: It's super narrow, overgrown with trees and feels very old world. Cool riding. At 4,397 feet, this is the highest paved road in Northern VA, and the third-highest paved road in the Commonwealth, behind Elk Garden, VA (4,400 feet) and Grayson Highlands State Park (4,880 feet) both in the far Southeastern reaches of VA.
The third ridgeline in the below picture (the one that intersects my right ear) is the road we climbed up. While it's only an average 4.5% gradient, the climb runs almost 14 miles and it gets to be a chore near the top. It's an excellent road, because it's so isolated and lightly traveled. Any way you slice it, you're climbing for over an hour, solid.
This is the view down to West Virginia.
More of the terrain of the climb up to the ridgeline. The climb is the only terrain and topography I've found on the East Coast that even remotely reminds me of Oregon.
Flick. Maybe I'll be able to con him into joining us in Eugene in '07. I'm surprised he's smiling, after listening to me jabber in his ear for two hours...knowing he's got at least two hours on the ride home...
Landing - It's the getting back down to reality after a long trip that is the hard part...being on the road for so long you forget what the every day worries and st...
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