Carbo Loading at Ragazzis in Hickory
Don, Larry, Richard, Rick strike a pose
The view from the back of the pack at sun-up
Center, George Meyer, a multiple Past Winner
900 Riders raring to go
"Could I interest you in a banana, mister?"
One of many dedicated aid-station workers
Richard pumps up NC-181
Larry and Rick get a good view of their final destination
Larry disappears across the Linn Cove Viaduct
Larry: "Gosh this is 'beutful'"
And now for a little speed
Only 2 miles left!
So Close, Yet So Far
Pumping up to the finish
Mile High Swinging Bridge
Post ride Pose
Conservationist and naturalist John Muir provided this recollition of his 1892 trip to, and climb up, Grandfather Mountain: I couldn't hold it in, and began to jump about and sing and glory in it all. Then I happened to look around and catch sight of Sargent, standing there as cool as a rock, with a half-amused look on his face at me, but never saying a word.
"Why don't you let yourself out at a sight like that?" I ask.
Of the trip through the region Muir said: "The drive from Roan Mountain to Lenoir, 75 miles, is I think the finest in America of its kind."