Welcome to another Saturday and another Bike Blogging. Today I took a slightly shorter ride (27 miles) than last week. I went through downtown Charleston and rode east up to Dry Branch near Campbell's Creek.
Below is a railroad trestle over Dry Branch.
Below are a couple of shots of Walnut Gap Road, which goes right up the mountain from Dry Branch. It's exactly a mile to the top of the hill... which rises about three hundred feet (give or take, not sure). The pavement is new since the last time I've been here and that is new guardrail too. It's welcome because that's almost straight down on the left side.
At the top of Walnut Gap is a loooong downhill run to Valley Grove. I turn left off of Valley Grove Road onto Rutledge Road. This little bridge across Twomile Creek is on Rutledge Road.
I stopped at the Coonskin Go-Mart to suck down a Gatorade.
When I passed the recycling center on Barlow Drive, I noticed what looked like a large pile of gravel but it was sparkling. There were several huge piles of the stuff. Closer inspection revealed that it was broken glass. Huh.
Through town and up Louden Heights Road to Newton Road. This so-called "private drive" is what an old friend of mine called "the Beverly Hills of Charleston". Beautiful stately homes set in impeccable park-like gardens. (Click the photo for a larger view. This panorama is put together from 3 photos. UPDATE, I just replaced this photo with a much larger one.)
It's a nice route to take to get back up on the hill. From there it's an easy ride back to Hunters Ridge.