Yesterday was our first day of riding here in North Carolina. We did the Assault on the Carolinas route, which takes us over the Eastern Continental Divide, then my favorite climb, Caesar’s Head. We got rained on a bit, but finished dry. After the ride, Mark and I went into town to get stuff to grill, while Scott paid bills. We then watched Versus’ coverage of Fleche Wallone and Liege-Bastonge-Liege, and declared Davide Rebellin and the Schleck brothers dufuses for not attacking Alejandro Valverde in the final kilometers. Scott hit the sack early so that he could be up early to get some work done, and Mark and finished the day watching Major League.

It’s raining again, but looking to clear up in an hour or so. Today, we’ll do about 70 miles, including the climb up 276 to the Blue Ridge Parkway (my other favorite climb) to Wagon Gap, past Devil’s Courthouse, then back down towards Brevard and back up Latell d’Huez.

Our post-ride plans include a visit to Sycamore Cycles, dropping Mark’s car off to have its smoking catalytic converter looked at, and dinner at Cielito Lindo.