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What to do when your last client of the day is in Black Mountain, NC and you finish your day at 3pm in the afternoon? Hmmmm. Ride Kitsuma. Na, did that last week during lunch. Ride Heartbreak.

T minus 3 hrs for Sunset. Ah, yea:p !

Made quick work, at least for me this time of year of the 11 mile climb of the Old Toll. Near the top ice clung to everything in the form stalactites hanging from the rock walls and black ice covering the rocks covering the road as a fierce wind forced me to duck my head and churn my legs harder.

I haven't ridden Heartbreak in something like 6 months but as with all great love, absence makes the heart grow fonder. This trail just begs to be ridden fast and I happily complied.
I wish I had a camera with me. I arrived at the first overlook, looking out to the west and I was met with the most beautiful sunset I had ever seen. No twinkling lights in the valley or on the mountains suggesting human inhabitation. Just me, my bike, the mountains and a beautiful backdrop of red, pink, and golds in the sky to remind me of why I ride. Finishing Heartbreak I dumped out onto the pavement in my big ring. I looked at my watch saw it was 5:40pm.

I've got 20 mins to make it back to the truck before blackout. I cranked. Luck so had it that I did. As I round the corner to the right to make the Mill Creek gravel Rd climb. I saw a flash of gold to my left. A Lion, A Tiger, A Bear?! What The F%[email protected]! I stood and pushed the arms of my cranks harder as I felt something brush my rear tire and growl menacingly in my ear. "AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!” I screamed inside my head. Adrenaline pushing my legs to a point that I thought I would snap my steel frame hardtail into a thousand little pieces and leave me to be mawed by this creature that hell had declared war upon me with. Dare I look back and see what fiend was chasing me. Logic and reason say yes but fear, unreasonable fear pushed me around the next curve without a backwards glance.

As I round the curve I steel my resolve and look. What do I see? A medium sized golden mutt chasing me. He was tiring. His tongue lolled and his gait was ever slowing. Another day, another rider he may have his way with. For me I thank him. As with the adrenaline he infused through me, it helped me push my way to the top and my truck as the sky darkened into a deep obsidian black.

Jeremy
 

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Great write up Jeremy! i hate dogs who don't like bikes! :p reading your story reminded me of the time when Jamie and i rode Heartbreak with you and Cooke, at the Church we made a wrong turn going right instead of left then a right up the road, as we went further up the wrong road there stood a dog in the middle of the road, blocking our route. Luckily he was confused by having two targets to choose from, then he finally gave up his chase, as we spun our tired asses off....Somehow that dog knew we would be back soon. Little did we know the road was a dead end :madman:
 

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Nice!

I didn't do anything quite that epic, but I was descending from Table Rock with the mild temps and sweet colors. It felt kind of special.

Didn't get tangled up with them this time, but if you park at the Table Rock Fish Hatchery to do the Table Rock riding, beware of the dogs in the house by the road. They're mean and sneaky. They've got the bait and switch routine down to a science.
 

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Brad,

You always jump at the chance to remind me of the day I left you. Am I ever gonna live it down? Someone say camping trip and Smithwick's soon. Oh yea, the Gathering.

Gange, any ride is a good ride.

Mater, I keep throwing that bone round in my head. You know Haro has a sweet 29er single at reasonable price. Again there is Soma too. Maybe I should just sell the road bike and go for it!

Jeremy
 

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mountaingoatepics said:
Brad,

You always jump at the chance to remind me of the day I left you. Am I ever gonna live it down? Someone say camping trip and Smithwick's soon. Oh yea, the Gathering.
:lol: :lol: :lol: that is not true! i don't always.... i feel bad that we were slowin' you guys up so bad! Smithwick's sound like a good plan, Ask Riley if he knows where we can get it in Keg form! hate it you're not gonna make Icycle! see ya soon :thumbsup:
 
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