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2014 Alabama Tandem Weekend

Sunday, April 06, 2014

DH and I just returned from the ATW in Andalusia, AL and what a great weekend. There were 33 this year, a good turnout, and the hosts did an outstanding job. We stopped by Gant Lake and did a little kayaking before the weekend started.

Dinner Thursday was at Hill top Steak and Seafood. Friday was our first ride and we chose the 26 mile option.

After the ride, we went kayaking at Frank Jackson State park. It rained on us, but it was plenty warm, so we still had fun.

Dinner Friday was at Larry's Barbecue. Saturday we did the 33 mile loop.

Never know what you will encounter on the road.

One of the local schools had messages on their fence made from Solo cups. I thought this is a great idea.

One couple had a wreck when a dog ran out in front of them and had to be taken to the hospital. When we got back to the hotel, DH went to the hospital to bring them back. They weren't seriously injured, but she does have a broken arm that will require surgery. The Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception for us at Springdale house.

Dinner Sat night was at David's Catfish House. Sunday was raining, so we didn't ride, and after breakfast we packed up and headed home.

It was a great weekend, nice weather, good roads, wonderful people. I hope we have more rides like this one over the summer.

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LUVS2BIKE101 4/7/2014 7:44PM

    Great blog! I'm glad you had a wonderful trip. And you got me motivated to get out and ride as well as kayak. Just waiting for the next nice-weather day. Kayaking will have to wait for May when the water temps aren't so cold.

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TATTER3 4/6/2014 9:23PM

    What fun! Hoping to get a bike this summer.

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MNCYCLIST 4/6/2014 7:38PM

    Sounds like lots of fun!

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    That's great! We sold our tandem last fall. I did enjoy riding with my husband on it.

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Camp Cheerio

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thursday we left Marlinton and drove to Camp Cheerio at Roaring Gap, NC. I have a quilt retreat there every year and it is beautiful. The drive was lovely, even though the colors aren't quite as bright in NC yet.

The husband of one of my friends painted a picture of me. Please note my sewing machine has a Harley motor.

The views are spectacular every year. I don't know how we get any sewing done.

But we do get some sewing done and have show and tell, play some games, and have some short classes and demonstrations.

We made pillowcases

Tea Bag wallets (or can be used for credit cards)

Gift box ornaments

And learned another 9-patch transformation technique

Saturday brought our annual quilt show.

We have a tradition of making a quilt to leave at the camp. This year we made one that was inspired by the view of the riding ring from our work space in Sloan Center.

This is the view

and this is the quilt

We are already working on the retreat for 2013 and I am ready for it.

We had quilters from across the US and Kristene came from Australia. She rode home with us and spent 3 days seeing my neck of the world before flying to Arkansas to visit other friends. More on that next time.

Life is good.

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ANNEMARIA6 4/2/2014 7:02PM

    Awesome retreat by the look of it ! The quilts are lovely. emoticon emoticon

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CARLANNIE 11/10/2012 9:10AM

    Do you have a pattern for that tea bag holder? I saw one somewhere else and thought it would be great for when I travel - I always take my own tea along (and coffee mug) - makes the hotel rooms seem just a bit cozier. Sounds like you had a great retreat. Love the quilt that you left behind!

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BILL60 10/17/2012 8:51AM

    Very nice!! But, where's the bike??

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DOR2BFIT 10/17/2012 7:02AM

    Beautiful scenery, beautiful quilt! Looks like you had a great trip. emoticon

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CORNERKICK 10/17/2012 2:05AM

  Thanks for sharing the great photos

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Greenbriar Trail, WV

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.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/8/2012 8:46AM

    Great blog! I don't know if you have ever been on the rail trails in Ohio, but the have a great network of trails if you like to take biking vacations. We did that last spring. They have awesome, long, flat paved trails!

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CARLANNIE 10/16/2012 3:09PM

    Well it looks like you got to take an excellent ride! Gorgeous time of year to pedal your way through those hills!

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MAKULEWAHINE 10/16/2012 12:18PM

    You guys do such fun trips. I am so jealous. The trails sound just beautiful and something I would like to do....some day:) Thanks for sharing the photos. Makes me want to jump on my bike...oh,wait. This is the PNW and it is pouring:( Sigh. Maybe tomorrow.

Keep sharing. I LOVE your posts.

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ELIZACG9 10/16/2012 10:35AM

    Oh I just love 50 miles. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Congratulations Max

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.

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MAKULEWAHINE 6/23/2012 10:10PM

    Isn't it wonderful when you can share grandchildrens' big days. What a joy! And so cute too.

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ELIZACG9 5/31/2012 3:05PM

    AWWWWw so so cute. emoticon

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LUVS2BIKE101 5/22/2012 8:54AM

    What joy he must bring to you and your family! I'm so glad he recognizes the importance of milestones in his life.
You are so blessed!

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LAURELSPARK 5/21/2012 8:16PM

    What a cutie! Congrats on the big day.

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KRISLEEB 5/21/2012 2:29PM

    little kids are soooo cute!! Not so much at 16.... emoticon Enjoy it because it passes by VERY quickly!


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KA_JUN 5/21/2012 9:52AM

    Awesome, congrats to the graduate!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 5/20/2012 10:50PM

    what a handsome graduate!!!

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Happy Birthday Paul.

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.

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ELIZACG9 5/31/2012 3:06PM

    Looks like so much fun lady! emoticon

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KRISLEEB 5/18/2012 8:31AM

    you do the coolest things!!! I'm hoping to take my DD, who is a fan of kayaking, out in the next few weekends. I got a certificate for 1/2 price rental. I'd love to get her her own, but you don't want her off alone & I just don't have it in the budget for 2.

Thanks for sharing!!! Can't wait to see more pictures as summer comes & your adventures continue!!!

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