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Up the Mountain


tl;dr: I cut out of Harrison before Crawdad Days started and biked up Ketcherside Mountain.

This is an awkward weekend. I only need to cover ninety-some miles, because after that my route finds no hotels for days, and I still need to work a few days a week. Much of that ninety-some miles is on gravel mountain roads, so I certainly won't accomplish it in a day, but it won't take three days.

After leaving Harrison, I found myself on quiet farm roads for a bit, and then on the dirt and gravel roads twisting up and around what passes for mountains around here. The roads were bumpy and often steep, but even so it was glorious. I was probably passed by a dozen cars and trucks the whole time I was on gravel.

The climb up Ketcherside Mountain was a bit arduous, starting at 800 feet and topping off at around 2200 feet. I suspect this is nothing in comparison to things yet to come. It would have been mostly downhill from there, though, had I not taken a wrong turn and biked two-and-a-half miles out of my way, and then again as much coming back to my route. Five miles might not sound like much, but on these roads it's a bit of a challenge.

It was pretty cool all day, especially up higher. Sometimes it was a little too cool. I didn't need as much water, though there was plenty to be had because of recent rains.

I may have seen more deer today than I've seen in total so far this trip. One thing is for sure, these deer have never seen a bicycle before.

I stopped around 6 PM. I easily could have gone further, but it was supposed to start raining soon (it didn't), and by the map it looked like I might get into one of those areas where all the good camping spots are taken up by folks wanting to live in the country, and now there is no country.

ten dollars worth of parts makes a decent desk

leaving before Crawdad Days

the far blue mountains

finally real dirt roads

goat bling


elk? huh.

Buffalo National River

Gene Rush WMA

bicycle in a tree

make room for truck

refilling water bottles

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