Marathon Ride to/from Troutman, NC

8.12.12 – This weekend’s trip to Lake Norman State Park proved challenging. Between Friday and Sunday, I logged over 200 miles, which shouldn’t have been too much of a stretch, but I was bike camping as well. The extra weight of a full backpack definitely took its toll. With 30 or 40 miles to go on the ride home Sunday evening, and struggling with SC’s Sandhills, I had to call to a friend for a pickup. It was disappointing, but not enough to dampen the exhilaration of riding 40+ miles from Troutman, NC through the heart of Charlotte on 100% anxiety-free roads. They take transportation choice seriously up there. It was a slightly different story after crossing into South Carolina. Route 21 south of Rock Hill now sits atop my list of worst roads to bike in the state. If anyone knows of an enjoyable route between Columbia and Charlotte, please email me.

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Southern Spokes Bike Festival

8.11.12 – The Southern Spokes Bike Festival, held this past weekend outside of Statesville, NC, offered a fun, low-key glimpse into the latest and greatest in mountain biking. Highlights included a tour of the remarkable Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology at First Flight Bicycles, a variety of bike demos, and even a screening of the terrifically horrible 80’s BMX movie Rad. Riding Salsa’s Mukluk, a monster of an off-road bike, through the twists and turns of Lake Norman State Park absolutely made my weekend. How fun would this thing be in the snow?!?!

 

Senator Thurmond Loved Bicycling

8.9.12 – After playing some basketball at USC’s Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center the other day, I stumbled across this heavy duty tire pump bolted to the ground outside. Cheers to the University’s Outdoor Recreation Office for supporting bicycling and healthy living in Columbia. Free (clean) air for the masses.