Cycling in Cades Cove on a sunny morning is pure delight -–especially if it is one of those bicycles-only mornings. The new pavement (Thank you President Obama) is glorious; you can concentrate on the scenery and there is a very good chance that deer, bear and turkeys will be close and undisturbed. (On an earlier ride, Al had a Tom Turkey gobble from just off the road as his brake squeaked; Patty stopped for a rustling in the leaves and a full grown black bear crossed just in front of her and casually climbed a small tree 20 feet away.) Combine the scenery, the wildlife and the historical structures and it is near perfect. OK, there are a few serious grades to remind us of our age.
Riding the cove was a perfect morning warm up for a nice lunch and a nap.