I don't like climbing 12 O'Clock Knob. It's not fun. If you like climbing for 2.5 miles at almost 9% then you need to take a serious look in the mirror. When you look in the mirror you'll probably see that you need to eat more, but that's a discussion for another day.
I needed to start this blog off and coudn't think of anything to write about. It was almost 80 degrees in February so I figured that if I headed outside on two wheels then something would come to mind. What came to mind was the most unpleasant climb in the area. Well, to me anyway. Riding from the Salem side get's the whole Brandon/Apperson thing out of the way early. Not that I don't like heavy car traffic and 1970's office buildings.
The climb really starts when the road forks. Obviously you go left. Why? Because that's the way that is straight up. This climb is steepest at the bottom. This is not scientifically proven but I will say it with certainty. It goes and goes. Eventually you get past the houses. I like being past the houses because no one is judging me by the sounds coming from my body. I can dry heave in total peace. It winds and winds. It gets less steep. It gets more steep.
This is the view the whole way up. There aren't too many huge vistas on this climb. That will change when the someone discovers coal and someone else decides the trees are expendable (it's a win-win!).
Alright, it wasn't that bad. After you finish the climb you have an awesome descent down to 221, after which you can punish yourself more by climbing Mt Chestnut. I didn't do that. You maybe should.