Goodbye North Carolina! Hello Tenessee! On Sunday we crossed our first state line. The experience, in some ways, was a bit anti climatic. Perhaps because the state line sign was very small and not really photo worthy. On the other hand, Sunday's ride was absolutely the most beautiful ride yet. We rode 67 miles through the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, with the climb totaling at 7,664 feet. Talk about altitude gains! As tough as it was to climb, the view was definitely worth it. The early morning climb was perfect. We took the Blue Ridge Parkway up into the mountains. A light fog gave us the full "smoky" effect that can't quite be captured in a photo.
Being in the mountains also made me a bit homesick. I know I often take the Rocky Mountain Range in my backyard for granted. The fresh mountain air of the Apalachains was a nice taste of the high altitude life I kind of miss. We've got some mileage to cover in Tenessee. I'm excited to continue to take in a different culture and get to know the locals in this new state.
As we move along, it's hard to believe how far we've come in just a few short weeks. Looking at a map of the United States is really quite surreal. I can't believe I've crossed an entire state in my bicycle. Many more states to come!