My ride started early yesterday when I rolled away from the house in total darkness at around about 0600hrs for Dicky's Train Station, a 6.5 mile urban traverse to the west and south. We left at the scheduled departure time and scooped Ben over in Gaston County just as we made our turn north for the I-40 corridor. The other two cars from the Asheville area containing Jut, Matt, Eric and Scott arrived shortly after we did. Then the shuttle logistics were solved with good negotiating priorities as outlined in the matrix and before I knew it we were up high on Ginger Cake Acres and Raspberry Ridge. From that point the ride was 27miles back to the car with something like 4,500ft of climb and over 6,000ft of descent. There are some things I would like to mention about the ride but unfortunately I do not have that kind of time to let a ramble roll right now. Later today I will theoretically attempt a logical ride report and if all goes well with that I will post tomorrow, so if you are interested please check back then.
I left may camera and photo equipment at the house this time. It was a strange thought not to bring my real camera but that decision kept my back free of a pack and allowed me to experiment with the eye phone camera which does not allow me wide parameters for making a shot but at the same time provides a unique perspective.
Here is the drop from yesterday's little flat camera in jersey pocket experiment.
My post ride self portrait, contemplating the pastoral setting that I am familiar with and comfortable spending time in.