Bike Virginia was a very challenging event. The ascents were phenomenal, and the descents gratifying. Sadly, I became familiar with the SAG (won’t dwell on that). The event seemed very well organized. The food was very good, as was the nightly entertainment. It’s my understanding that typically, the registrants have to pack their campsites every night, and have their things transported to another site, then after a long day riding, they have to re-construct a campsite in the heat of the day in order to have a nest for the evening. This year, we only had to re-locate once. I would not have enjoyed the event if I had to move daily, and I hadn’t thought of that, not having done the event previously.
Other things I enjoyed, were getting to see Cycles Ed and Jody daily;0), meeting new friends, like Rick, Dinesh, Deepti and Andrew, seeing my own club friends like Joey, Lise, Jim and Champe, and sleeping in my tent nightly. Things I didn’t really enjoy: can’t think of a thing. It was wonderful.
After 5 days of riding Bike Virginia, I headed home, by way of my son’s house. What was intended to be a visit of a few hours, stretched over 48! It’s just such a wonderful place to visit! One of his friends took me on a mountain bike ride up Little North Mountain, and we talked of a mountain bike trail that he would like to facilitate the creation of. It would stretch from Swoope, VA to Goshen, VA. Perhaps I’ll be a part of that endeavor too! Mountain biking on my Surly Long Haul Trucker (16″ wheels) was not a bad experience, either. We got great views of the area!
I had to come home on Friday, because I had a ride scheduled that I had invited friends to ride with me on Sat. I’d hoped that some club members would join in also. As it turned out, only two of us rode the ride. We cycled 13 miles over to Powhatan, had a nice breakfast at a local restaurant there, then cycled to Cartersville, VA. We chatted with Spanky and June at Blanton-Pleasants Hardware, then went down to the boat landing and just splashed ans soaked in the river for about an hour before heading back to my house, another 27 miles. There were a few hills, and a few wonderful descents;0)My companion had to leave before enjoying dinner with the additional folks that were able to come later in the day, for supper. John had cooked some delicious ribs, Pam brought deviled eggs, Julie; a great, broccoli salad, and Jack: some scrumptious beans! Everything was good, but the company was best of all. I’m thankful for my cycling friends.