The Dragon Tail Run

Today I had the chance to ride the infamous Tail of the Dragon in NC.  Words cannot describe how amazing that ride was, far and away the best road I have ever ridden 🙂  I did a time lapse of the ride, but it didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped.  Just too many quick turns!  The next time I go through I will have to do a proper video.

 

Beautiful ride headed up to the Dragon
Beautiful ride headed up to the Dragon
Inside the Dragon!
Inside the Dragon!
Relaxing after
Relaxing after
End of the day, Lucy is working on her tan
End of the day, Lucy is working on her tan

Also I have officially name given her a name, meet Lucy!

Up next: Appalachian Mountain Run

I have left the coast and headed inland.  After reading about some of the best rides in the country (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/north-america/travel-tips-and-articles/77139) I realized that #2 on the list is really close to me. I am on my way over to Deals Gap and am going to ride through the Appalachian Mountains up to Virginia!

I just realized that I haven’t been recording my journey so a couple days ago I setup my camera to do a time lapse, it took a little getting use too so the first little bit is rough, but after that its pretty fun 🙂

Welcome to South Carolina
Welcome to South Carolina
What my office has looked like lately.
What my office has looked like lately.
Video setup
Video setup
Found my gang in Myrtle Beach
Found my gang in Myrtle Beach

Made it to Georgia

Made it to Georgia

I have landed in Kingsland, GA for the night.  Today was some really fun riding, traffic was great other then one 6 mile pile up.  Even that wasn’t too bad as there was a “bike” lane – I am pretty close to a bike 🙂

A friend also sent me this as the best route for going through CA. I will need to take a short detour and swing by SF for a couple days, but this sounds like an amazing ride!

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Pics from today

Todays route
Todays route
I somehow escaped without jail time!
I somehow escaped without jail time!
Parts of HW16 were long and flat
Parts of HW16 were long and flat

The Adventure Begins

map

This is a rough draft of my road trip for the summer. Doing a little bit of math I figure that I need to cover about 75 miles per day along this route to make sure I don’t get stuck in the cold 🙂 Between a month in Europe, work, lots of detours, and avoid the freeways at all costs I think thats a pretty reasonable goal.   If you live somewhere near the blue line we should grab a beer and/or go for a ride (but in reverse order!).

Here are a couple of pics from my ride between Tampa and Gainesville today

A random state park a ran across
A random state park a ran across
The Road Ahead
The Road Ahead
After a couple hour in the seat we both needed a little time to cool off
After a couple hour in the seat we both needed a little time to cool off

I am officially looking forward to the next month

Tomorrow I am headed to San Francisco to spend 10 days with all of my amazing co-workers at the new Automattic Lounge. 20130510-161850

On October 7th I will be on my way to St Thomas for a little vacation and to find a place to stay for the winter, which reminds me – I need to setup a calendar and signups for when you are coming down to visit!

A quick week in paradise will conclude with me on my way back to Wisconsin to see a couple friends get married and spend a few days catching up with MKE.

I am pretty sure if you are reading this then I will end up running into you at some point in the next month, so I can’t wait to see you 😉