Today Jim and I are heading for Waynesboro, VA in preparation for Jim's epic Blue Ridge Parkway bike ride. Tomorrow morning he will begin at Mile 0 at Rockfish Gap, VA - his destination is the end of the Parkway in Cherokee, NC, 469 miles away. My job is to drop Jim off at his beginning point each morning and pick him up each afternoon and offer words of encouragement. In between those times, I will be doing short hikes originating from the Parkway. Choosing hikes is challenging as there are many, many interesting places, and because of time my hikes will be short, 5 to 8 miles. Weather is always a factor, especially for a cyclist, so we will stay flexible. If it's not safe for Jim to ride, then we'll go find a winery! At the end of the day we both hope to do a short blog recap, so check back with us.
In total we will be biking/hiking for 9 days, passing through places like Peaks of Otter, Floyd, Doughton Park, Blowing Rock, Little Switzerland, Pisgah National Forest, Waynesville. I can't wait to see what Tuggle Gap looks like!
For a preview, here's Jim getting ready to ride on the BRP near Waynesville in spring 2008. Yes, those are monkeys on his cycling jersey.
And here's my view on the Parkway
Cycling is like church. Many attend, but few understand. ~Jim Burlant