This new populaire is titled "Ala Orange" since it covers parts of Alamance and Orange counties. The southernmost part of the route intersects with a couple of other permanents, but Ala Orange starts and ends in Graham which makes it more convenient for those living between Greensboro and Mebane. Access is close to I-40/85 (exit 147).
The course is rolling throughout, but no really tough climbs. Like a certain permanent in the Raleigh area, whose first time riders are soberly admonished by the route owner to "save something for ____ Mountain", this one also features a mountain road (Bass Mountain Rd), but it is approached from the kinder, gentler side. The descent is a great downhill where riders can reach 35 or 40 mph without even trying.
Best place for a sandwich stop is the Saxapahaw General Store (43 mile control), which features indoor and outdoor seating.
|A cold start for Oct. 30F|
|Graham Rite Aid is the starting location|
|Early morning frost and mist along Jim Minor Rd|
|First control, near Carrboro|
|Saxapahaw General Store|
|Home of the Original Hollywood Horror Show. Doesn't look like much on the outside, but apparently there are some good shows.|
|Bass Mountain Rd. Where is the mountain?|
|Logs at the New South Lumber Company|
|Finished lumber being stacked|