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easier to walk North Georgia mountain roads in MTB shoes...(12 posts)

easier to walk North Georgia mountain roads in MTB shoes...JS Haiku Shop
Nov 25, 2003 9:15 AM
I figure it's much easier to walk Brasstown Bald's 200-foot section of 20% incline in MTB shoes. I'll need the extra traction to push my triple-equipped 'cross bike.

Mike P has crafted a genuine thigh-burner for this weekeend:

Hogpen Gap
Unicoi Gap
Jack's Gap
Brasstown Bald
Wolfpen Gap

All in about 50 miles. We'll climb the "backside" of Hogpen, first. "Backside" is in relation to the direction ridden in the 6-gap. This way on Mike's elevation profile looks like climbing a wall. Should be fun.

For those of you who've never climbed or contemplated riding up Brasstown Bald, it's the highest point in Georgia, at 4,784 feet. There are some pretty steep sections of road, and then some really steep stuff. The entrance is at the top of Jack's Gap, which is no gift, either. After climbing awhile and getting atop Jack's Gap, you look into the entrance of the BB park and realize after all this clmibing that the roads get much much steeper, just from the start. The ride down BB is so steep and twisty that you go from 8 mph to 35 in an instant by letting off the brakes. You can smell cars' brakes before you see them.

Should be an entertaining ride for any ofyou with low IQs.

Please join us, Saturday morning. I will be offline for the rest of the week, but Mike will be posting more detailed route and logistic info soon.

Hope to see you then!


pictured below is the shot taken on our last ride up BB in november 2002. from the observatory. t'was Mike P, Tarwheel/Bianchi Boy, and J.
I am tempted..cyclopathic
Nov 25, 2003 9:20 AM
is it all paved?
100% pavement! nmJS Haiku Shop
Nov 25, 2003 9:28 AM
Nov 25, 2003 9:53 AM
that sounds like a painful way to burn off all those turkey-calories.


rt - heading home to ride the gently rolling hills of central NC
Man I'd love to get in on some of that,12x23
Nov 25, 2003 10:15 AM
but I just had my troublesome left knee scoped (finally !!) last Thursday. Have a safe sufferfest.
Hey, 12x23. . .Mike P
Nov 26, 2003 11:51 AM
I think you would like this ride; maybe next time!!! How is the knee? Does the doc think all went well? How long will you have to take it easy? I hope you are back on the bike soon and the knee trouble is gone for good.

Who knows, if this ride doesn't kill me I might be foolish enough to ride it again sometime. . . let me know when the knee is ready for it.

starting time, location?tarwheel
Nov 25, 2003 10:42 AM
I might have a hard time reaching a computer for the next few days. Do ya'll have an agreed on start time and location yet? Mike was talking about Vogel State Park, but I'm not sure where in the park. It should be pretty chilly early Saturday morning in the mountains based on the forecasts I've seen -- perhaps low 30s or upper 20s. All that climbing actually might feel pretty good if it's cold, but the descents will be brutal.
starting time, location?JS Haiku Shop
Nov 25, 2003 10:56 AM
vogel 11 am saturday. mike and i met last time near the visitor's center. there's a small parking lot beside a lake, just across a wooden bridge--all just a few hundred meters inside the park. this is off state highway or road 11/19 or us 19/129 (same thing i think).

if i remember right, there was a small park entry fee. less than $5 i think. not sure.

directions from this site:

Directions:From Atlanta take I-75 north to I-575. Continue north on I-575 until it ends at the Pickens/Cherokee County border. At this point the Georgia Mountain Parkway begins. Blairsville is 60 miles from this point. 11 miles south of Blairsville via U.S. 19/129
Phone: (706)745-2628
Address: Vogel State Park, Blairsville, Georgia,30512

it was not all that difficult to find last time, coming from chattanooga. i'm hoping it's just as easy from the south.

of course i am thoroughly unprepared for that much climbing in those low temps in a mere 50 miles. should be a blast.
Get that EEEVEILL turkey OUT!Mike P
Nov 25, 2003 5:56 PM
Come ride with us! Saturday, November 29. We want to leave Vogel State Park by 11:00 AM so try to get there a little earlier. I believe the parking is $2 or $3.

This is a painfully hilly route, steep and sustained, some might claim. Possible to make it with a double and 27 but a triple and 32 would be wise. Anyway, I would suggest bringing many gears or some strong legs.

The weatherman. . . Sunny, but it will be cold. Perhaps it will be in the 40's at the start but I wouldn't count on it. Around 50 for the high. (I am dressing for mid 30's at the start and figure we will be lucky to see 45). Do bring warm stuff to wear.

As JS mentioned, the proposed route will follow the back loop of the 6-Gap Century, in the reverse direction. Out of Vogel, Hogpen, Unicoi, Jacks (Brasstown), then return to Vogel; I am planning on attempting Wolfpen too. 50 miles without Wolfpen. I am will post a map and ride profile when I get the size right.

If you think you might be able to make it or if you have any questions, send me a message. pughml(at)yahoo(dot)com. I think this route, while foolishly steep, should make for a nice ride with a view here and there. We rode Brasstown last year, and it is. . . there are not words for it, just come see for yourself.

ride profile:Mike P
Nov 25, 2003 6:04 PM
Revised profile!!!Mike P
Nov 26, 2003 6:07 AM
The first profile has the road marks shown incorrectly. I inverted the original profile with software and I did not think of the fact the roads would be indicated wrong. Anyway, this one is correct.

Ride Map:Mike P
Nov 25, 2003 6:07 PM