Weather was unusually hot, with temps on Thursday in the low 80s! This is a ride where normally everything freezes solid overnight. On Friday, it was 100% fog and about 60 degrees for the start. The interesting thing was that the ridges were over the fog, which led to some interesting views:
The trail is tough, with lots of rocks and climbs. Having to deal with the warm and horrible humidity just added to the fun. At one point, water was consistently dripping off my helmet and even my eyelashes from riding through the fog! But when the fog finally burned off (middle of the second loop), the colors were fantastic.
(photo courtesy of Becky Pearman)
The Old Dominion group had done a lot of work on the trails. Hard to believe this trail is improved, but the footing was much better than in years past!
The trail doesn't cross the river any more, but gets right up to it. I have never been so happy to see water on trail. I was sponging Dream as well as myself, it was that warm.
(another Becky Pearman photo, she is amazing.)
At the end of the day, Dream and I finished 6th. This completion got us her OD Triple Crown Award, which was the goal of my season.