Day 35 – Crossville, TN to Sevierville, TN
I’m tired. Satisfied and fulfilled, but tired. I want to be done. But there’s all this riding still to do. Yesterday, as I shared, was a big day and a long day. Today was 107 miles with 5,464 ft of climbing and so it should have been a shorter day, except that we entered the eastern time zone and so we lost an hour, which meant I arrived at the hotel at 4:30 instead of 3:30. No big deal, you say, but it cuts into my recovery time. Oh we’ll. It is what it is. Did I mention I’m tired?
It rained through the night last night but it stopped a little before 7:00 am which meant no rain when I departed Crossville but wet roads for a while. In summary, it was cool in the morning and so I wore “cold weather” gear and the reality was that the skies never cleared and it never warmed up so I never shed the cold weather stuff. Great biking weather really and so it was a terrific day on the bike riding through beautiful eastern Tennessee and into the Smoky Mountains. Many lakes and rivers throughout the ride and the country is hilly and gorgeous. I just love being on the bike here. Well, I continue to be chased by these vicious country dogs but I’m so pissed when it happens that I actually startle a few of the dogs with my verbal attack.
We enter North Carolina tomorrow with an 88 mile “climbing” day into Asheville so I’ll need my rest tonight. I really like Asheville. I’ve spent time there with my brother Dale mountain biking and with Cayce earlier this year.
I’ve included pictures of Dave Edwards and Marquette Kelly. Not only are they a great guide duo but they are engaged to be married (which will take place right after this trip is over). Dave is 45 and this is his 5th XC trip. Marquette is much younger. The two of them have been very helpful and supportive to me and I really value them as people and guides.
There’s also a picture of Tara Clausen, the masseuse, and Tara has been part of every Trek Travel XC trip they’ve offered (as Dave has). Tara is the one not in bike clothes.
I’m sorry these last blogs are not as interesting. For me, I just want to jump into each day’s ride and complete it as quickly as I can while staying in my comfort zone. 4 more days of riding.