Imagine a bike ride that begins on narrow, country roads canopied with birch, oaks, poplar, and hickory. You pedal along breathing in morning air scented with fresh-cut hay and honeysuckle. After wandering this maze of back roads for an hour or so, you find yourself cycling straight-on toward the Blue Ridge. On and on you climb.
Then, just as you can bear no more, you crest the Blue Ridge at Apple Orchard Mountain (at 3,950 feet, the highest point on the parkway in Virginia) and hurl yourself and your bike into a long, winding descent to the picturesque Peaks of Otter Lodge accented by the sister peaks, Flat Top and Sharp Top. This is just such a ride. Terrain: rolling hills to mountainous with an extended climb on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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