Hot Times in North Carolina

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.

Located along the French Broad River
Riding from Sierra Nevada Brewery, Mills River – Photo Courtesy Heidi Parker
Working hard
Sierra Nevada is an incredible brewery
Lunch with the Parkers, and Wood-Osgoods
mini-flight, four 2 ounce pours
we can smell and touch the hops on our brewery tour and tasting
Sierra Nevada loves copper, and it’s beautiful
my first attempt at “selfie while riding”
resting during the climb up Ox Creek Road
At the top of the gap
The view is our reward

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. Itā€™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.

Heading out on Friday
Cool rest stop
Enjoying the scenery with the Bolands and Knechts
With Peggy and Bill Morris, Friday and Saturday ride companions
With Reg, Michelle, John and Mitzi at Transportation Museum
my purple locomotive
enjoying the trains
Saturday’s ride – Roger loves the trains
This 007 makes me a Bond Girl!
Lunch flight (less than 2 miles to go)
Rides are always better with ice cream
Sunday ride start, maybe half the couples participate
Sunday ride rest period

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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