Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Due to various interruptions, we have not done much cycling this year. But we did go to WV and ride the Greenbriar Trail before by Quilt Retreat this month. We stayed in the Old Clark Inn B&B in Marlintin.
Tuesday morning was cool and drizzly, but we headed north up the trail to Cass.
The colors are just changing, and the views are beautiful.
We went through one tunnel that required us to turn on our lights.
The river is just the perfect backdrop for leaf peeping.
There are a lot of hikers along the trail and camp sites with water pumps are provided about every 12 miles.
We made it to Cass and the end of the trail. There is a RR museum in town, but we didn't visit it. We had to ride back to Marlinton and I was getting tired.
The sun had come out by the time we were headed back to Marlinton and it was warmer. The colors seemed to just pop out and the trail was fabulous.
After riding 49.8 miles, we arrived back at Marlinton happy, tired, and hungry. A quick clean up of the bikes, a shower for us, then off for dinner at the Greenbriar Gill and Lodge. The restaurant is located right on the river and has excellent sandwiches. I do recommend the Ruben.
Wednesday we rode south to Seebert. There is more development toward the south, but the views are just lovely.
It was only 21.6 miles to Seebert and back, but that was enough for me.
Thursday is off to Roaring Gap NC and Camp Cheerio for my quilt retreat. Pics to follow.
Life is good.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
I'm running a bit behind, but wanted to share some pics of my youngest Grandson. He graduated from preschool and will start kindergarten next year. While his mom was washing his hair, he told her to "do a really good job, this is a big day for me".
They put on a nice show, the boys sang a "Robot" song.
I was glad we got to share his big day.
Life is good.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Last year our friend Cheryl purchased her hubby a guided kayak trip for 4 for his birthday. Well, due to surgery on his arms, our bike trips, and work schedules, he didn't get to take it till this week. We met our guides at Weiss Lake and traveled up the Little River (west branch, I think). We were his first group of the year, and he took the opportunity to bring some of his summer guides along for a training run. What delightful college students he has hired.
It was overcast most of the day, but no rain, temp was great, water was clear.
Traveling on the Little River.
Stopping for lunch.
Heading back to the launch.
There were bald eagles flying and we waited to see if we could get a picture. I didn't get one, but I think Paul did.
Great way to spend a day. We stopped at Chili's on the way home and had a great salad for dinner. We were ahead of the evening crowd and sat on the patio, so perhaps a group of disheveled kayakers weren't too disruptive.
Life is good.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Ok, so I am just a bit behind in posting this, but here goes. Last weekend DH and I hosted the Alabama Tandem Weekend in our little home town. There isn't a lot going on, but we came up with some nice rides and a few activities. I had to work Wed, but we had a ride with friends planned for Thursday morning. So when one of the couples came in early and ask if there was anywhere to ride, we just invited them to join us. The ride was great, lovely weather, good roads, little traffic, then a dog ran after one of our friends, and he hit the road. Sheriff came, ambulance came (not needed, but has to respond), reports filed and off we went again. Got to town with 53 miles and stopped by The Grill for lunch, nice little shower passed while we were there, finished lunch and started the last 3 miles home, and while crossing railroad tracks (that we have crossed dozens of times) down we went. Not seriously hurt, but my vision did go black, so DH called a friend to take me to the hospital. X-rays were good, just some scrapes and bruises and I was in and out in time to make dinner with the group that arrived that afternoon.
Helmets will have to be replaced, but we do have our mountain bike helmets we can wear for now.
Friday we didn't ride, but took care of rest stops and such. The day started with some big storms early in the morning, but the ride didn't start till after lunch, so things dried out a bit. We started with 50 cent ice cream at Blue Bell Creamery.
The 36 ride started from the park across the street and headed west to Kymulga grist mill and covered bridge park. It is a working grist mill and has a nice little store inside
Dinner was at La Costa, a local Mexican Restaurant. They knew we were coming, but even with such a large group descending on them, we got quick service and great food.
Saturday morning most left from the hotel, others joined us at the park for the start of the ride. Options were 45 or 63 miles.
Lunch was on your own, but most stopped by Big Daddy's Chevron. They have great chicken and pizza.
Everyone was back by 1 and we had borrowed extra kayaks, canoes, and mountain bikes (plus some brought their own) and went to Lake Howard spent the afternoon.
Then when everyone was worn out, we met at our local Italian Restaurant, Giovani's for dinner. Another great service and good food. We had the drawing for the quilt and Hose and Sherry Rodriguez won.
The group presented us with a lovely picture of a covey of quail as a thank you gift.
Some riders had to leave early, but most of them met Sunday morning for a short 27 mile ride. We did participate in this one and got a group picture before we left.
I am so thankful the weather was nice, roads were good, and everyone had a great time. I hope some of them come back and ride just for fun, we have more options ready for them.
Now to start working on next years ATW.
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