My journey begins today at home in Rock Spring. Almost immediately I will come to Catlett Grocery, at mile 7.2. I guess you could consider it ill-boding that his is the first and last last known water/food stop until mile 40 (32.8 miles). I will need to top off water in Catlett - enough to last till Rome.I'll have negative 181 ft. of elevation for the day BUT the day's max grade will occur early in the ride - a 6.5% grde at mile 12. (It's that big Grand Titon looking bump in the elevation chart below) This route crosses Taylor Ridge at Maddox Gap (1,259 ft) early in the ride - occupying miles 11-12. I'll then drop 348 feet in 1 mile - but it is a curvy mile and I have to make a sharp turn right at the base of Taylor Ridge.
|Taylor's Ridge in 1940 - would've required an MTB to cross then|
|Oostanaula River Walking Bridge|
|80's Trip-Bill looks excited to be in Rome|
|Day 1 Elevation and Grades|