OVER THE MOUNTAINS AND THROUGH THE WOODS on a singlespeed mountain bike, the sky is the limit.

I can't think of a singular thing I'd rather do than spending quality time in the Western North Carolina mountains. Put me on my a bike with only one gear and point me to three summits in the distance and I'm off and pedaling. But don't think for one second I take for granted the ability and fitness it takes to challenge myself like this repeatedly.

Kitsuma Peak, looking down on Ridgecrest.

Kitsuma Peak was my first stop after negotiating the 14-switchback climb to the top. As delicately as I can put it, climbing this beast is akin to having a switchblade buried in the back of your throat. In other words, it hurts, but it's worth the view.

No rattlesnakes encountered.

Ah, the highlight: Rattlesnake Summit and a 360-degree all-mountain look. I could live up here.

Royally awesome.

Finally, Royal Gorge Lookout in Ridgecrest. This is a popular spot, accessible by car, but how challenging is that? Two-leg drive divided by one speed is the only way to enjoy this view!

This sign is located right off the wooden platform at Royal Gorge Lookout.

So there you go, my little ride covering 19 miles, 3,326 feet of elevation gain encompassing 2 hours and 16 minutes. Can't wait to do it again!

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