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Jul 19, 2017 - Day 70 - Virgie, KY to Council, VA

Today’s tortuous travel from near Virgie, Kentucky, to Council, Virginia, was a Hot, Humid and Hilly 51-mile ride with 6,447 feet of ascent. That is a lot of climbing! Making my way through the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky and Virginia is both beautiful and difficult. The Appalachians are not as tall as the Rockies and there are no mountain passes to summit. However, instead of the “gentle” inclines of the Rockies, I have been riding over steep, rollercoaster hills with grades from 9% to 14%. That is much more difficult, tiring and...

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