As I climb Mountain Lake, it’s hard for me not to think about the movie Dirty Dancing and the song, “Do You Love Me?” All the way up the mountain, I’m thinking,
Do you love me? (I can really move) Do you love me? (I’m in the groove) Ah, Do you love me? (Do you love me?) Now that I can dance, (Dance). Watch me now, Oh, (work, work). Oh, work it all baby, (Work, work). Well, you’re drivin’ me crazy, (Work, work). With a little bit of soul now, (Work).
Mountains of Misery wasn’t all misery. Of the challenge centuries I’ve done, MM is probably the most picturesque. The sweeping valleys bordered by ridge lines allows for an expansiveness that you don’t get either in the NC foothills or in the mountains. The Virginia Blue Ridge is different from NC. I particularly enjoy the ride out Route 42 and then on 632. It’s beautiful. I think I even moderately enjoy the loop out 601 though I’m probably too dejected by that time to really take it in. “Work, work.”