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My bike at the Clingman's Dome lookout tower with Mt Leconte in the background
At the top of Clingman's Dome - about 25 miles into the ride ... all uphill!
View looking east
The last part of the ramp to the top of the clingman's dome lookout tower
Another section of the ramp to the top of Clingman's Dome
View looking back down the valley to Galinburg where my ride started. Gatlinburg is hidden from view mostly with only some cabins visible. The towns in the distance are Sevierville and Pigeon Forge
The bottom of the lookout tower ramp plus the shadow being cast by the top part where I was standing
Looking back towards the road to Clingman's. The part of the road that is visible is the 1 mile descent from Mt Collins that is the only downhill on the entire 25 mile climb.
View looking southeast towards the old abandoned fire tower and a small radio tower. Waterrock Knob is one of the tall peaks in the distance, I'm thinking on the far left. That was my turnaround point for the ride.
The really cool raised relief map at the Oconfalutee Visitors center. Most of my route is visible in this picture.
The really cool raised relief map at the Oconfalutee Visitors center. It was a huge. I told Kristine that we were going to get one and put it on the dining room table.
There was lots of ice on the Clingman's Climb, too, but I didn't take any pictures since I was going for the KOM. I took this picture just before turning into the Waterrock Knob parking area which is just below 6000ft elevation
I asked a couple hikers to take my picture at the platform where I stopped hiking my bike.
At this point I was nearly 60 miles away from the end of my ride, but close to 40 miles of that was descending at about 40 miles per hour. 20 miles of it was hard climbing on tired legs. My bike here laying on the ground is a pretty good picture of how my
This was the next set of steps on the hike to Waterrock Knob. I decided to stop here since I had a long ways to get back and because I had already reached the 6000' mark.
I like this picture of the parking lots and roads. The leftmost road is the Blue Ridge Parkway reaching the crest of this mountain. The middle road is the access road to get to the parking lot. The rightmost road is the Blue Ridge Parkway again descending
Eating animal crackers on the last climb. The last four miles of the climb are being shown in the elevation profile at 500' intervals.
Eating animal crackers on the last climb. Some power stats from the current climb and the current temperature - I was pouring sweat with my jacket and jersey completely unzipped and no gloves on.
Updated critical power curve. I suspected that what Golden Cheetah had been reporting previously was on the low side because I had not done an hour long effort that wasn't part of a race with drafting.
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