Back when the trip was a new idea, I don’t think either of us took it seriously. Three weeks on the road, at a time when most American cars were sitting idle in the driveway? Thousands of miles of driving through sand and snow, mountain and desert, far from home? Surely this was just a pie-in-the-sky dream borne from the hunger pangs of quarantine, nothing more.
Duke Energy is requesting a special use authorization to make improvements to infrastructure that crosses national forest lands, and the U.S. Forest Service is taking public comments through July 17.
A plan that would create a 150-mile-plus trail network through Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties is now out for public comment.
On Saturday, June 20, Grandfather Mountain bid farewell to Gerry the black bear. Gerry was humanely euthanized following a long history of debilitating arthritis. She was 31 years old. In the wild, black bears live into their early 20s, while those in captivity can live up to and beyond 30.
For cycling enthusiasts across the region, warmer weather means one thing — time to start pedaling. With a variety of organized rides underway in the mountains, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the roads and trails with other pedalers.