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north carolina 2017

pictures from a week-long team cycling trip to western north carolina.

day 0

in the car.

the house we stayed at, and the road to it.

the view from the house.

mount mitchell is peak on the left.

day 1

while some teammates competed at a race at brevard, we rode around lake james.

i forgot to take pictures this day.

day 2

we rode to asheville to meet two teammates competing in a points race at the asheville mellowdrome.

some mountains, seen from the valley before the climb.

the top of the climb and yours truly.

day 3

we rode up mount mitchell, the highest peak on the east coast.

standing on the bridge over the eastern continental divide before the real climb.

views from two of the overlooks.

the scale of the mountains makes them appear further away than they actually are; we were only about 20 miles from mitchell's summit in the picture on the right.

pictures from the summit.

it was about 34 degrees by the time i made it to the top, and a cloud layer had formed around the peak.

group photo at the summit.

day 4

this was a rest day, with only about 16 miles of riding.

a partial panorama, from the back porch.

day 5

we rode from bakersville in north carolina to tennessee via roan mountain, for a total of about 75 miles.

at the border between north carolina and tennessee.

the actual summit goes up another 2 miles or so, culminating in in a gravel path and overlook.

the summit.

day 6

i took a full rest day, since the tennessee trip killed my legs.

group photo, at the end of the trip (p.c. josh).