Both thermometers on the front of my home claimed the temperature was 100 degrees by journey's end. Cloudless day -- but the faint haze ringed the horizon with a band of whited-out sky. At some points, you just tune out the environment, and relish the way lungs and legs loyally serve you. At other moments, vast expansive vistas suddenly open up. Heat -- the exertion of pushing sweat through your pores -- also imposes demands on your system.
"A man has got to know his own limits." After the first 10 miles, "granny gear" was my go-to choice when going uphill. No hurry, no rush ... but after 15 miles I realized I wasn't really having much fun. Well, let's get in better condition, and try again. Definitely a scenic, if challenging, route. All paved, and lightly traveled.
Well, there's still the Firecracker 100 to gear up for, on July 4. But that's in Durham, NC. Still, if you're there, say Hi. Look for the mad professor with the manic grin.
Better yet, rent one of our properties, and explore the 12, 16, 18, 20, and 25 mile loops for yourself!