Before attending our 20th consecutive Southern Tandem Rally (STR) in Salisbury, NC, we decided to spend 3 days riding in Asheville. Our last visit to this Arts and Beer community was several years (and much less traffic) ago.
The Asheville area has at least 26 breweries and lots of highly regarded restaurants. It’s also known as a cycling community, so it’s an attractive spot for us. We enjoyed 3 pre-STR rides AND 4 breweries.
We truly tested the gearing on our new tandem, climbing at a sustained grade of 14% for what seemed like forever! We did it, and we are reminded of the words of a wise tour leader and tandem builder… you must climb to get the views!
We also enjoyed the view of a beautiful sunset from our hotel parking lot (of all places)!
On to Salisbury, a small community about an hour north of Charlotte where STR is being held. It’s the home of Cheer Wine and Food Lion, and boasts an awesome Transportation Museum. About 65 couples spent an unseasonably hot fall weekend riding on lightly traveled roads. The terrain was mostly rolling hills, which we really enjoyed on our brand new Seven Axiom 007 tandem.
We had a great time on our bike, and catching up with friends at the Southern Tandem Rally. We have a quick turn-around and then we’ll be on another adventure where we will introduce you to yet another bike…
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