I finished up the week by having a quick paced run in the Moses H. Cone Park. Cone and his brother entered the textile industry and created a little denim company in the mid-1800's. They became wealthy by becoming one of the largest denim suppliers in the world. They have supplied most of the denim to Levi's for more than a century - so the Cone family is still collecting wealth from Moses' efforts.
Old Orchard Road
Cone Apple Barn
Manor From Near Apple Barn
Manor (center) from Bass Lake
I ran about 7 miles on those gravel roads. Me and a lot of other people. Apparently, a lot of people use the park for running, walking, fishing on Bass Lake, and picnicking. There were probably more than a thousand people on the property, mostly near the lake, on Saturday morning. I chose to run down from the mansion to the lake and back up in a challenging loop. I pushed the pace and was happy to find my legs are recovering nicely from the big run and ride early in the week.
Then I climbed on Bruiser for a short push along the same section of BRP I started with on Monday. Keeping with my own tradition, I pushed hard on this day in recognition of the TdF prologue. Pushing down the first descent allowed me to get up to 56 mph before I caught a line of cars and had to hit the brakes. The climb back up had to wait for an auto crash, but it was a strong effort on a steep section of road.
So, the week looked like this: 110 bike miles with over 8000 ft of climbing - 42 run miles with over 8000 ft of climbing - 187 miles of BRP explored - 7 breweries toured - 2 wineries tasted - 5 Panera meals - 100+ new friends.
More BRP Pictures.
Awesome trip all around. It was fun to get on the road. And it was exciting to be exploring the Appalachians for the first time in several years. I've spent a several hundred days exploring those mountains during the last two decades and I don't think I can ever tire of it.
Now it is time get ready for the big trip to CO.