While I was looking forward to Little River Falls on my tour, that naturally leads to really challenging climbs. I don’t know whether or not to believe it but Google Earth says one of the hills is about 3/4 mile at 19% grade. That’s almost as steep as Brass Town Bald. I’d like to believe I could do that loaded with gear but I have my doubts. And pushing the bike up a steep hill loaded with gear is not easy either. It’s hard to get the bike out in front of me as is necessary to stay balanced – my legs get tangled up in the panniers.
So I’ve changed my planned route to be much less challenging. I’m going to the base of Little River Canyon but I won’t try to go up to the falls (that’s not the steep part but to avoid the steep climbs I’d have to go to the falls and then turn around – I’d rather skip them altogether this time).