My First Trip to the Mountains
June 1982 - It took 7 days, but I pedaled my bicycle about 600 miles from Fort Wayne, IN to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so I could finally go see mountains! This picture was taken at Newfound Gap, looking towards western North Carolina. I would end up biking the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, which was a great way to get my first mountain fix. This was part of a 27 day, 2000 mile solo bicycle adventure that pretty much inspired my love for the mountains...and it's appropriate that this picture from 82 was taken where it was, as I have since then started and completed more hikes than I can count at Newfound Gap parking lot.