The gloriousness of the ABC-G ride

Though discouraged when no one showed up to ride the Ashland Breadfast Club’s Goochland satellite start this morning, it turned into a glorious ride. Fortunately, my camera was in the rack bag and with no other cyclists, I could dally and take sidetrips and stop to shoot pictures. So, I did.

The first departure from the norm, was that I decided to explore the old Trolly line that Ashland has turned into a multi-use trail. Since it doesn’t have a sign declaring “no bikes”, I assumed that it was suitable for them. :0) It actually was bumpier than a toad’s hide (ya like that?) My brains nearly rattled out as I swung from one side of the trail to the other, seeking one smooth track to no avail. Fortunately, there was standing water on the side of the trail. Very swampish water, which is like a coastal sunset to me. LOVERLY! There was even a smidgy bit of wildlife in the form of Canada geese and either goslings (I think it’s actually too early for them) or some small ducks. There were also a couple of pedestrians using the path, so we shared generously. It was short, fortunately, but very nice.

Next, was the usual stop at Ashland Coffee and Tea. The crowd was small this morning, so I didn’t feel so bad that no one seemed to show up to ride my ride. I visited with Bud and Newt Ricky and a couple of other guys, then headed out with them briefly. We cycled through the town of Ashland, and the campus of Randolph Macon. Then our ways parted. I was determined to get some shots of the beautiful homes that line the train tracks at Center street and in that area. I also wanted to get a picture of the train station, and I was certainly blessed today! I got pictures of more than the station. While cycling today, I encountered 5 trains! Trains are as awesome as swamps, really. Four were next to me as I paralleled the tracks on Center street. Many of the club members choose a different route for the final few miles to Ashland, but I always take that right onto Gwathmey Church Rd, and then left onto center, so I can potentially see a train, and to ride along the tracks. It’s peaceful. So today, I encountered 4 trains here, and one crossing at Elmont.

Touring has made me a whole different kind of cyclist than many that I know, but it has enhanced my life tremendously. Traveling slowly enough to see the sights and being sure to carry the camera along to stop and capture the beauty of the ride is a great big part of the experience. Somewhere along the tracks, was one house with a spooky treehouse! Don’t these pictures make you want to come visit Ashland? At least cycle through?

This ride is something that I do almost every week, and yet never tire of or become blase´ about the scenery. Part of that is the ever changing seasons in this area. Today, it may have had to do with the jonquils blooming at one of these lovely homes and the spring peepers that we’ve been hearing for 3 weeks now.

When I finally returned to the ride start, the sign-in sheet was still devoid of a single other name. My husband’s cousin, now an avid cyclist, had come to ride. Unfortunately, he was just late enough to have missed me when I left. He did go ahead and ride, but my dalliances had put me off the route and into “Wonderland”.

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About rivercityweaves

I'm a mom, wife and fiber artist, living in rural Virginia. On days I'm not creating fiber art or teaching others how to, I'm probably saddle surfing on my Bianchi, or laughing with friends.
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8 Responses to The gloriousness of the ABC-G ride

  1. Steve says:

    Very nice pics! I intend to be in your neck of the woods again this Spring, this time at the Lake Anna Century in April. Once again, you will be elsewhere on the continent!

    • rivercityweaves says:

      I’ll be riding the Powhatan Historic ride the day before your Lake Anna Century. Hmmm, I’d really enjoy seeing what the organizers put together. Might slip up to the ride finish at some point in the day to see whether it looks like fun for another year.

  2. rivercityweaves says:

    Thanks Steve. The train will bring me back to Richmond by April 14, or one of my daughters will kill me. We have a parent’s formal sponsored by her sorority and I’m a goner if I miss it. So, I’ll be around. Hadn’t heard about this century. That’s certainly a lovely area to ride. And you’ll be on a Madone? Or are you test riding?

    • Steve says:

      I’ll be on a Madone, but shhhhhh – I haven’t officially announced that yet! 🙂

      • rivercityweaves says:

        That’s quite a bike. I’ll be watching to see if you got the “Pinnacle of Engineering” (Madone 6).
        A couple of years in the saddle, and we are no longer greenhorns, but rather, making very thoughtful choices regarding equipment, heh? Was it really necessary to throw yourself in front of a car to justify the new purchase? JK

  3. Sorry I missed you last Saturday. Whitt (who you have yet to meet I think) and I took off from the Laurel Park location at 8:30. Did a speedy run to Ashland and took a gentle turn through the local area before having to turn back. Hope to see you the next time around. Interesting how few bikers there are when the cold sets in… almost unsettling — where do they all go?

    Steven

    • rivercityweaves says:

      It was a great day to ride. Glad the two of you got to log some miles. Looking forward to meeting Whitt. If you plan on doing any registered rides this summer, you might look into the Covered bridge ride in Lancaster, PA. I love that ride. Missed it last year. Plan on riding it this year, but don’t know whether my husband will enjoy the entire ride. I think he and I can do a short, and I can still complete the long ride. BEAUTIFUL ride.

    • rivercityweaves says:

      It was a great day to ride. Glad the two of you got to log some miles. Looking forward to meeting Whitt. If you plan on doing any registered rides this summer, you might look into the Covered bridge ride in Lancaster, PA. I love that ride. Missed it last year. Plan on riding it this year, but don’t know whether my husband will enjoy the entire ride. I think he and I can do a short, and I can still complete the long ride. BEAUTIFUL ride.

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