We are climbing up Ox Creek Road at 2.9 MPH. Eve’s Garmin says it’s a 15% climb and mine has given up trying to figure out the grade. We’ve been doing this for three miles or so. It takes a long time to ride three miles at this pace, but at least it’s in the shade. Everything hurts, but we are determined to get to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We get a bonus, a screaming 5-mile downhill back into Asheville, our home for the next four days. We are here to bike and drink lots of locally-brewed beer. When in doubt, get a flight and taste four at once.
Our friend RB would probably like the $5 margaritas, but that's not why we are here.
We go to sleep tired and looking forward to our next ride.