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October 17, 2010 / jslipschultz

Day 36 Sevierville TN to Asheville NC (10/17)

What a difference a day makes.  I can’t tell you how nervous I was this morning starting out with Bill, Austin, Joseph, and Karl.  Temps in the 30’s and some seriously thick fog kept it slow for the warm-up and then some.  As we started to crank it up, the legs responded.  And then, we stayed conservative knowing the big climbs were after lunch in Hot Springs NC.  Let’s just say, today and yesterday, night and day.  Phew.

The ride into Asheville was beautiful and the temps warmed up eventually.  Joseph had a huge event waiting for his arrival at the hotel for Big Brother/Big Sister.  Austin and I flanked either side of him as we proudly delivered him to the awaiting crowd.  It was very cool.  And his son goes to school in town so he was there to greet him, too.  Plus, Bill has a house here and his wife Susan was awaiting his arrival , too (which Austin and I got to see as we returned from the parking lot to the front door).  Two major homecomings of sorts.  Got me thinking all the more about hitting Charleston soon and having my family there to greet me!  Inching closer.

By the way, for those of you who thought I’d lose a ton of weight on this trip, you couldn’t be more wrong.  I have gained weight.  It will be tough to cut back from the thousands of calories we eat every day.  But if I don’t, I’ll be obese in about two months.  Haven’t cut back yet though–had a great dinner at Bistro 1896 with Bill, his wife Susan, William and Austin.  Highly recommend it.

Pics:  Bill provided pics of the Smoky Mountains from the top of climbs and the French Broad River.  We couldn’t find a border sign for Tennessee on the way in, so we got it on the way out.  And we thought there was just the one lame sign for NC, but another was around the corner.  Other pics are downtown Asheville (the bus is coffee/dessert shop).

tn1 nc2 nc1 top of Hot Springs climb smoky mtns frenchbroad coffee shopthesquare  downtown

By the numbers: 89.3 miles, 5,640 feet of climbing, 5:23:35 riding time, 16.6 mph avg.; Totals so far: 2,948.2 miles and 111,119 feet of climbing.

Next stop:  Spartanburg SC (last state line!), 78.3 miles away (a short ride!)

Helmet-cam:  Serious Fog This Morning; French Broad River; Water Break (Karl Got in Trouble)

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