We left Cherokee at 7:20 and rode the 1.6 miles to the south end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was pretty cool so we had on wind breakers and arm warmers. The first climb of the day was a real stinker. It took Kay and I 90 minutes to go the first 8 miles and then another 90 minutes to get to the top. After three hours of climbing we had gone 18 of 90 miles and climbed just one of many big climbs.
I thought that the highest point on the parkway was 3,000 something feet. I was seriously wrong.
The PAC Tour team setup lunch at mile 47; about 25 miles closer than normal. Still Kay and I didn't reach there until 1:30. Took us right at six hours to go 47 miles. The lunch was great! They had grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches with bacon if you wanted (yes, please). And there were vegetables and puddings.
Tracey at the Lunch Truck grill
The lunch really perked us up and there was a lot more downhill so we finished the 90 miles just at 5pm. Total time out 9:40, total ride time 8:25, 90 miles and 10,700 feet of climbs.