The day started out with a wrong turn and I knew it was a bad omen. After we got back on track I had to give some of the weight in my panniers to Ben because it was just too much for me. Then a bungie cord got caught in my gears and caused me to fall. It took at least ten minutes to untangle the cord, and now I was quite sure it was going to be a bad day.
I can't really expressed how difficult it was... I was in first gear the entire time, and it seemed like my hardest gear. About halfway to the top, we stopped at the Cookie Lady's house but she wasn't home. She has been greeting bicyclists and giving them water since 1976. She has a barn filled with pictures and notes from cyclists past.
Sadly, we didn't get to see inside. We definitely appreciated the water from her hose as we continued up the mountain.
Too close to Call
Location:Blue Ridge Parkway, Love, VA