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2012 3 State/3Mountain Challenge

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Well...for me it was a 3 State/1 Mountain Challenge. This is a yearly ride put on by the Chattanooga Bike Club that draws about 2,000 riders. This year, they offered more choices of rides. (100, 90, 62 or 25 miles) I did the metric century (62 miles).

This is all of the metric century riders lined up to leave. The longer riders left 45 minutes before us. (Some of them even finished before us!)

The weatherman said there was a chance of showers that may pass north of us, with a high temp of 85. Well, as we rode out of town, there were some scarey clouds overhead. Miles 12-18 were in a downpour!

This is my friend, John, with a view of Chattanooga and those nasty clouds.

Slick roads were a challenge on some of the quick downhills.

By the time we got to mile 20, the sun was back out. Yeah!

This is one of the well stocked rest stops.

We climbed Sand Mountain on the metric ride this year. The route had been changed from the usual one because of a bridge that was being repaired. This climb is more difficult, but I think this route was wonderful. Once on top of the mountain, the views are beautiful for 10 miles until you descend. The descent had ambulances posted about every 200 yards. That's a hint to slow down!!

This is a view of Trenton, GA from the top of Sand Mountain. The picture just doesn't do it justice, though.

I was coming down the mountain so fast that is moved my odometer sensor. Had to stop to fix it. That gave me a chance to snap this shot of the fast quys coming down. Glad I was out of their way!

We made it to the end in tact! It was a beautiful ride!!

This is my friend, Cindy, and me enjoying our adventure!

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  • MCDOWN75
    Way to go! I'm getting ready to sign up for my first ride. I'm gonna go for a medium one. I just wasn't sure I could do the mountains. It's still my goal. I'm so happy for you though! You go girl!
    2045 days ago
    WOW, 62 miles on a bike, that's impressive lady. You Go Girl. emoticon
    2047 days ago
    Sounds like one AWESOME ride!! I hear you re: pictures...they never even come CLOSE to capturing all the wonder and glory of being out on the road! Just LOVE those views from out on high!

    2047 days ago
    What a great ride. Thanks for posting the pics.
    2047 days ago
    Wonderful!!!!!! Love the pictures and that smile on your face says it all.
    2048 days ago
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