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72 miles cycled through rural Virginia

Making the news!
Making the news!

Day 3: Our East Coast Greenway WAY bicycle tour made the upper fold of the local newspaper!

Breakfast for the hungry riders
Breakfast for the hungry riders

We had a long ride waiting for us today – 72 miles from South Petersburg to South Hill Virginia.  Greeted with cool temperatures (50 degrees) and sunny skies, the stars are aligned for an perfect ride.   We departed en masse from the hotel, and proceeded to weave our way southbound.  Within an hour, the mass of 36 cyclists had re-formed into groups of 3, 5 and 6 riders, the car traffic had dissipated, and we worked together to get the best out of the ride.

Approximately 20 miles into the ride we reached Historic Route 1.   Historic Route 1 parallels Interstate 85, which means that most of the traffic volume takes to I-85, leaving HR 1 mostly abandoned.  For the first 10 miles on HR1, we passed many gas stations that were boarded up (likely due to not enough business), and it wasn’t until we had reached mile 30 (which was close in proximity to I-85) that we found a working gas station where we could re-fuel via snacks.

Historic Route 1
Historic Route 1
Confederate Flag in rural VA
Confederate Flag in rural VA

At the gas station,  we encountered 2 proud Confederates (which is based on the size of their confederate flags that flew a top their pickup truck), who were apparently auditioning for a role in the movie “Proud to be a Confederate”, and made sure that anyone in a 1 mile vicinity could hear the music from their car (a confederate tune about the flag!).   Watch Video! Continue reading 72 miles cycled through rural Virginia

Crossing the swollen James River…

Pedestrian Suspension Bridge - awaits our bike travels over the James River
Pedestrian Suspension Bridge – awaits our bike travels over the James River

Day 2: …was one of the highlights of today’s cycling ride – from Richmond to somewhere south of Petersburg, Virginia.  Whatever ‘hit’ was lacking in my wake-up routine, was made up for in the adrenaline that helped to cross the mighty James River in Richmond.  After days and days of rain courtesy of Hurricane Jo’ (aquin), the James River was a swollen beast.

Today’s ride however, would be free of rain.  With temperatures in the 50s, more winds from the north (i.e. tailwind) – a group of 4 ladies (Donna, Bev, Barbara and myself) with the East Coast Greenway (ECG) WAY tour departed on busy rush hour Richmond city roads for more bicycle miles south.   Within 2 miles – we stopped to listen to the roar of the swollen James.   We photo-op’ed the pedestrian bridge that appears to hang precariously (suspension bridge) under one of the interstate highways, and before any of us could have second thoughts – it was time to cross the mighty James.

I was in the lead, and taking a huge leap of faith.  With the crosswinds from above and the roaring sounds from the rapids below – I took a

Our ECG Trail had turned into rapids
Our ECG Trail had turned into rapids

quick visual of the construction of the pedestrian bridge.  I decided this was no time to fall off of my bike, turn back or ‘think’ more than I should, so I opted for 3 minutes of pure tunnel vision.  One thought.  One goal.  Get to the other side of the bridge. (Watch video crossing while bicycling over the James!) Continue reading Crossing the swollen James River…

An amazing – albiet rainy – Fredericksburg to Richmond ride

Preparing to depart Fredericksburg
Preparing to depart Fredericksburg

Day 1: With lots of hope for good weather, our 36 person group of East Coast Greenway cyclists, departed Fredericksburg at 7:30AM in pouring rain.   Today’s destination was Richmond VA – 70 planned miles.  Note the word ‘planned’.

The good news about the weather – is that Hurricane Joaquin brought us a wonderful tail wind.  Winds from the north east took the edge off of the rain.  Riding through Fredericksburg you couldn’t help but to notice the ferocity of the Rappahannock river – being dumped with water for the prior 4 days.  We didn’t notice any flooding of the roadways, and eventually made our way to higher grounds through numerous civil war sites, and many other attractions that begged for photo opportunities. Continue reading An amazing – albiet rainy – Fredericksburg to Richmond ride

Cycling by storm

20567816714_9bc8d13577_zSunday October 4, I’ll join up with 35 other cyclists from various states, to bicycle 325-miles from Fredericksburg VA to Raleigh NC.

The ride is part of the Week A Year Tour in support of the East Coast Greenway (ECG), a 2,900-mile trail route that stretches from the Canadian border at Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida.   We will be riding 6 days — and it appears that on Day 1 we may have a special guest.   Hurricane Joaquin!    While the weather gods are still calculating the storm path, Virginia and North Carolina have already declared states of emergency!   Oh let the fun begin!!!

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