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Monday, October 28, 2013

Ala Orange Populaire

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