Monday, September 29, 2008

Cycle North Carolina - Day 2

CNC Day 2
Morganton to Lincolnton
17.0 mph average speed
37.o mph maximum speed
2:59:15 total ride time
50.84 miles
3689 feet of climbing (yes, more than day 1!)

The day started out good. Pancakes for breakfast! Woo hoo! The only problem was that the was a lot of smoke from those pancakes. When I got to the front of the line, I could see why -- the grills being used looked like they may have been rate for outdoor use and we were indoors. Oops! Anyway, I'm a big fan of the pancake so I was a happy camper.

When we (photo from left to right:  Gary, Doug, Tracy, Tim and Jon) left Morganton this morning, it was very foggy. We started out of the parking lot with a climb and continued with rolling hills the whole route. We reached our highest elevation of the day near the 20 mile mark.

We arrived in Lincolnton and went downtown after cleaning up. Indoor camping yesterday went well so we decided to do that again tonight. Tracy, a rider from Clayton who also does the OMV rides; Les, an ex-Marine from Missouri, Tim and I set up an area in the gym with all of our gear -- and our bikes! We heard a lot of grousing about packing wet tents in the dark, shower trucks and port-a-pots so we were really happy with the indoor plumbing and a gym floor.

Last night we saw Cherryholmes, a bluegrass band. They have several awards and Grammy nominations. They were pretty good. Tonight, we have Alive After Five with beach music for our listening pleasure.

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