August 15, 2015

Now That the 2014 Ride is Over

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Ride Information - Trout

Trout - 76.43 miles

Total Elevation Gain: 7977 ft.

In an effort to have two rides experience the unrivaled beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway (and if you donít think youíre quite up to ride the 106 miles in the Century!) the Trout may be the one for you! This ride will take you through some breathtaking countryside in Haywood County as well as experience over 30 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Trout will begin at Lake Junaluska but will not follow the other three rides. Riders will turn right out of Lake Junaluska and take an immediate right at the stop light intersection on to County Road along the back side of the lake. After passing by the dam at Lake Junaluska, riders will then make two quick left turns and then an immediate right on to Old Clyde Road for several miles and will come to the first rest stop quickly at mile 5.6 located at the Clyde Pavilion. After the first rest stop, riders will make a right hand turn on to Main Street in Clyde where they will cross a set of railroad tracks and continue straight through a busy 4 way stoplight intersection. Please use caution here and obey all traffic signals. Riders will then coast along through the Poison Cove area of Clyde and then will begin their first steep climb up and over Stamey Cove. After the gorgeous descent down Stamey Cove riders will then take a right on to River Road (Highway 215) for a couple of miles before turning left onto Wells Road then a right onto Highway 110 passing through some beautiful farm land along your way into the Bethel community. Once in the Bethel community you will pass through a 4 way stoplight intersection with Hwy 276 continuing straight on to Love Joy Road. The next 5-6 miles will take you through the valley where riders will experience rolling hills, farmland and beautiful countryside views before making a short climb up to Lake Logan. Once by Lake Logan, you will be a short distance away from your second rest stop at Burnette Siding Baptist Church at Mile 22.6. Make sure you have plenty of fuel to make the next 10 miles which is a steady, continuous climb up to the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Once riders have made it up to the Parkway, there will be a rest stop located at Mile 32.9 to refresh and get ready for the next 33 gorgeous, yet challenging miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the parkway, you will pass by well known points such as the Haywood-Jackson Overlook, Richland-Balsam Overlook (this is the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway!) and Waterrock Knob. There will be two other rest stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway for your convenience located at miles 40.3 and 60. Riders will exit the Blue Ridge Parkway at Soco Gap and make the long descent back into the town of Maggie Valley. Over the next 5-7 miles, riders will then continue along Highway 19 through Maggie Valley and on into the Lake Junaluska grounds to the much deserved finish line!

NOTICE
* The Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) regulations require the following: The bicycle operator must exhibit a white light or reflector visible at least 500 feet to the front and a red light or reflector visible at least 200 feet to the rear during periods of low visibility, between the hours of sunset and sunrise, or while traveling through a tunnel. Bicycles must be ridden single file except when passing or turning left and well to the right-hand side of the road.

Route Map and Cue Sheet

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