I have to be in Fort Knox, Kentucky late afternoon on Monday, June 6. Rather than just drive straight through, I think I’m going to leave on Friday and spend a few days exploring western Virginia before getting there. Current thinking:
Day 1 (Friday): Hike Mt. Pleasant
A bit of an random pick (I’d never heard of 4054′ Mt. Pleasant until I saw it on the map), but I needed something shorter to do on the first day (since I have to start with a couple hours of driving), and I wanted to be in the vicinity of Buena Vista, VA (see day two). Anyway, Mt. Pleasant is supposed to have some pretty sweet views.
Day 2 (Saturday): Cycle the highest and lowest points of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
Yes, hitting the highest and lowest points on one ride is an absolute gimmick, but I wanted to include a day of cycling somewhere along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a gimmick helps make the choice easier. I kind of wanted to revisit Buena Vista (I passed through years ago), so I picked there as a starting point. Ride was inspired by this post; judging from their map, it looks like we’re looking at 65 or so miles if I do it as an out-and-back.
Day 3 (Sunday): Climb the highest point in Virginia
That would be 5729′ Mt. Rogers. Sounds a bit more impressive when you consider it’s the highest of the state highpoints east of South Dakota that lacks a road to its summit. Preliminary research suggests an eight mile hike, which means I could bag the state’s highpoint, drive a bit further west, crash in a motel, and then…
Day 4 (Monday): Report to Fort Knox