A Photo Recap

Thirty of my favorite photos from the trip.

Austin, TX

Back in Austin. A 26 hour all nighter. 5:30am up in Asheville and 7:30am down in Austin. It would have taken less time if we had decided we were going to turn a leisurely 3 day drive with sight seeing into a single shot b-line before we got to Birmingham and spent much of our daylight rambling about in the park of the Smokey Mountains. But, I guess all that would have done is changed the arrival time to 5:30 or something which is still driving all night. So, maybe we would have gone sight seeing anyway. It would have been a waste not to.

A night fueled by caffeine and a road obscured by the dark and the rain. An episode or two of mild hallucinations but when it is 4am and you are running on fumes, you are bound to be on the receiving end of some mental trickery. A safe arrival and some much needed sleep.

The tour is complete. Just not in the way originally envisioned. Planes, trains, and automobiles. Hitch hiking and some shorter days. But, in the end, still a bike tour. Close to 750 miles of riding covering something in the realm of 1200 miles to Asheville. The final 1160 miles by rental car. We are in one piece and so are the bikes. We are healthy and uninjured. We rode through some incredible terrain and met some amazing people along the way. A successful trip.