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Hiking, Southeast / 26.11.2008

Arkaqhah Trail Hike November 26, 2008 Started at Track Rock Gap at 8:30 AM. The temperature was 24 degrees. The trail starts uphill and after a few hundred yards turns left following the hillside and angling upward. Within 10 – 15 minutes at a big rock just to the left, the trail crosses from one hill to another at the head end of a gully. From there, the trail soon begins to climb steeply straight up the fall line with a break of a climb not quite as steep...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 08.11.2008

This is a 5 day backpacking hike from Round Bottom along trails between Mount Guyot and Cataloochee. November 4th, 2008 - Beech Mountain Trail and Balsam Mountain Trail I was all packed and ready to drive directly from work to Round Bottom where my plan was to night hike 4.5 miles to Laurel Gap Shelter. Traffic on I-85 in Atlanta was awful, but I was on my way soon enough. After a wrong turn in Cherokee and some wandering through the Cherokee Indian Reservation on a night time search for...

Cycling / 04.10.2008

Here are some more videos of my ride. The climb up Unicoi Gap. This is where I was really beginning to feel some soreness in my legs. It didn't matter much other than the fact that I knew that I had the Hogpen Gap 6.5 mile climb still to come. I didn't want to blow out my legs before I started that climb.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpMav6At5no]     Here is a little video of a white blaze of the AT (Appalachian Trail) on the top of Hogpen Gap. This is more than a...

Cycling / 02.10.2008

Here is my first big climb of the day, Neal's Gap. After this one 5 more to go with the brutal climb up Hogpen Gap that really had me worried. Today was supposed to be unseasonably hot, but for now, in the morning, it was cool. Only 104 miles! Only 12,000 feet up!  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjdlwA7LQiM]  ...