Bicycling the Blue Ridge
by Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner (Menasha Ridge Press)
© Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
Disclaimer: As suggested in the Trail Guide, mine was an out-and-back day trip from Crabtree Meadows. From CM to the top of Mitchell is 42 miles; I added another 8 to make it an even 50. Review: Terrific experience. Leaving at 9 AM, at 62 degrees with sunlight filtering through the trees and the only clouds lightly capping some mountain tops and filling in the valley floor, every detail was perfect. Total altitude climbed from CM to Mitchell is a full mile, over only 21 miles, but I enjoyed every foot of it. Total climb for the ride was about 7000 ft. With so many great vistas on both sides of the road, this ride will be tough to match. The Parkway was still closed between Mitchell and Craggy, due to "the great landslide of '07". I highly recommend this ride, routed this way. The scenery is fantastic, and the facilties at either end of the trip are among the best on the BRP. As a bonus, Crabtree Falls is one of the most photogenic on the Parkway. Thanks to Elizabeth and Charlie Skinner for their Trail Guide!
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