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New River Trail, Galax to Fries Junction

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday morning would have to be a short ride. We were due at the quilt retreat between 3 and 4, and it was about an hour drive. So we decided to just ride from Galax since the hotel was about 1/2 mile from the trail head. We had ridden this part last time, but it is absolutely beautiful, so who cares. We got in 23 miles, and met some wonderful people from Mt Airy, NC at the junction.

While this is still called the New River Trail, it is actually along Chestnut Creek.

Most of the trail is open to horses, although we didn't see any. There is a camping area at Cliffview that has stalls for horse camping.

We startled some deer along the way.

The rail road used to end at Chestnut Yard, short of Galax, but was extended. You can still see the rim of the turntable.

There is a beautiful waterfall along the trail. There are also other hiking trails that come out in the same area.

There is a short tunnel close to the junction.

There are more bridges, some of them are quite long.

We made it back to the trail head, and the truck was still there. For us, that means a successful trip.

Tomorrow, the quilt retreat.

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MAKULEWAHINE 10/15/2010 1:17PM

    What a beautiful trail!!! I need to win the lottery so I can just bike my little head off:) I like your comment about the truck still being there. One of my biking partners once said that it was a successful ride if no one threw a bottle at her:( I think people are getting better at seeing bikers on the road though because it's been a long time since anyone even made an obscene gesture at us when we are on the road.

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful area.

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ELSEEBEE 10/15/2010 9:31AM

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your quilt retreat!

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COLEENCOLE 10/15/2010 8:43AM

    What nice pictures. I wish I was there. emoticon

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TERI99 10/15/2010 8:14AM

    I'd hope that tunnel was a lot shorter than that bridge!
Have fun quilting!

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CARLANNIE 10/15/2010 7:42AM

    Fun, fun! That's a l-o-n-g bridge! Enjoy the retreat. What's your hubby going to do while your quilting away?

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NANA2PRINCESSES 10/15/2010 6:04AM

    Thanks for another nice tour. When we take the old jeeps out on the trails we consider it a successful trip if we're "there and back on the same day." (because of the many opportunities for breakdowns).

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New River Trail, Foster Falls to Dora Junction

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

We finished up the VA Creeper trail Tuesday and left for our next B&B in Fries, but it was closed and locked up. So we went to Galax and got a room. That caused us to re-arrange our rides a bit, so Wed we decided to go to Foster Falls and ride to Dora Junction (almost to Pulaski). The weather was much nicer, cool and windy, but no rain. The New River is actually one of the oldest rivers in the world, and runs north. We saw only 4 cyclists, no hikers or horses on the ride. How nice of VA to provide such a lovely trail just for us!

There is a nice state park at the trail head at Foster Falls with a shop in the station, but since we were off season, it was closed when we were there.

We found a fixer upper for our retirement, and it is for sale!

There were a lot of interesting rock formations. Note the bike on the left for scale.

And more lovely bridges along the way.

And a lot of amazing views.

We made it to Dora Junction!

One of the old signals is still standing.

More of the trail.

There is a stable at the park, and the New River runs right past it.

Today's ride was 43 miles. We spent the night in Galax again and rode another section of the New River Trail on Thursday before going to the quilt retreat. More later.

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COLEENCOLE 10/15/2010 8:45AM

    What fun. The scenery is great.

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HYJEAN 10/14/2010 2:23PM

    What a wonderful way to travel. I am so impressed and jealous. The last time I was on a bike, I fell over. The balance is not too good.

Enjoy your special time together. emoticon emoticon

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TERI99 10/14/2010 9:14AM

    What a perfect trip -- a scenic bike ride on what looked to be a gorgeous day, all leading up to a quilt retreat! Sweet!

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CARLANNIE 10/14/2010 8:24AM

    Wow! What a neat way to see the countryside, and get your exercise in as well. Have fun at the quilt retreat (I am jealous).

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NANA2PRINCESSES 10/14/2010 5:58AM

    Impressive mileage, and so nice to have your own nearly "private" trail. Thanks for sharing.

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DOR2BFIT 10/13/2010 10:59PM

    I am so impressed by how intrepid you two are! Going everywhere on a tandem-so many miles ! emoticon

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VA Creeper trail

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

In 2007 the members of the Quilt Forum on Garden Web Home Site decided we wanted to get together and actually meet one another. So, one of them set up a retreat at Camp Cheerio in Roaring Gap, NC. We arrive on Thursday afternoon and stay till Sunday lunch. What a wonderful thing she did for us, but more on that later.

The first year DH had just gotten us a tandem mountain bike. I said he was crazy, but we took it and went up early for the quilt retreat. We rode part of the VA Creeper, a Rails to Trails trail. It was mid October, leaves were beautiful, weather was damp and cool, but not bad. What a wonderful time we had. Then the retreat was on his week to work for 2 years and he didn't get to make it back. This year they made sure to schedule it on his week off, so we went up on Monday and did some rides. Monday we finished the section of the Creeper we had started (11 miles total), then Tuesday we rode from Damascas to Whitetop (19 miles, all up hill) and back (19 miles, all down hill). Monday was great, Tuesday we froze our tushies off. But it was a great ride, and I would love to do it again.

Monday we started in Damascus and headed toward Abingdon. Didn't have long to ride, but still got in about 11 miles.


We stayed at the Apple Tree Inn Inn in Damascus. Thanks Deb for a wonderful time.

Then Tuesday we set off from Damascus to Whitetop. The day started great, then it started to rain and get colder. But we finished and had a great time.

We finished up and headed for our next stop, Fries, VA. However, due to a glitch with our B&B reservations (it was locked up) we had to change our plans and went to Galax, VA for the evening. Tomorrow, our ride on the New River Trail.

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COLEENCOLE 10/15/2010 8:47AM

    I am so enjoying this "ride" with you.

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MAKULEWAHINE 10/13/2010 12:05PM

    Thanks for the pictures and the commentary. It makes me feel like I am with you. That 10 miles uphill sounds challenging. That's what has broken me the last 2 years at the Tour de Whatcom. My son promises me that he and I will ride it some time together. We'll see:) I made it once, 3 years ago so I know I can do it. Just need to be in good physical health, asthma under control and a good night's sleep.

You guys look awesome. It is really nice to have a partner in crime, so to speak:)

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NANA2PRINCESSES 10/13/2010 5:26AM

    Marvelous pictures. Looking forward to the next installment.

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Project Linus Quilts

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I had another quilt retreat in NC this past week so DH and I took another trip. We went to VA and finished riding the VA Creeper Trail, and almost road all the New River Trail before my quilt retreat started on Thursday (more on those later). Every Saturday we have our own little quilt show at the retreat. Here is a picture from this year.

I took the 6 Project Linus Quilts from the 500 member celebration on Quilt and Lose team and included them in the show. Only 2 are quilted, but the last 4 will be soon.

Here are the quilts:

I will soon have them all quilted and ready for delivery. Look for some bike adventures tomorrow.

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JGMK55 10/12/2010 8:57PM


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BEVPRESLEY 10/12/2010 8:36PM

    Thanks everyone, we had some really talented quilters this year.

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1BEARWIFE 10/12/2010 8:12PM

    What lovely quilts! I wish we had a quilt show coming up in our area. I'm getting "quilt show fever".

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HYJEAN 10/12/2010 1:54PM

    They are all so beautiful!!!

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MAKULEWAHINE 10/12/2010 11:03AM

    Beautiful quilts. I always thought I would like to do some Hawaiian quilts but I don't have the patience, or the eyes either anymore. So bike it is!! Look forward to hearing about your bike adventures. So many trails, so little time:)

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ILUVTOTAT 10/12/2010 10:59AM

    Lucky you that you can go on these retreats! Someday I'll get to as well. Have fun!

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CARLANNIE 10/12/2010 9:34AM

    How fun to see the Linus quilts - you did such a great job. Yes, a quilt retreat sounds like fun. I'd love to go to one sometime.

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DOLLBABE56 10/12/2010 8:07AM

    These are BEAUTIFUL!!!! You are truly gifted. I can't wait to see more pictures! emoticon

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DOR2BFIT 10/12/2010 6:47AM

    Wow! Beautiful- very impressive work! emoticon emoticon

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NANA2PRINCESSES 10/12/2010 6:03AM

    Great photos. Good work. I have yet to experience a quilt retreat, I think I would like it.

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Mackinac Island, MI - part 5, saying goodbye

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

There are many more lovely places and sights on Mackinac. I have not mentioned the fudge. There are at least 12 shops and they all make wonderful fudge. We bought a slice every evening after dinner to enjoy with coffee in our room. Chocolate/pecan is still my favorite. Here are some of the other places we visited:

St Ann's Church

and cemetery

Little Stone Church, very popular for weddings

The butterfly house (they have a web cam if you are interested)

Our last dinner was at the Carriage House, a Grand Hotel restaurant

MY quilting friends will understand this one. This is the floor in the ladies room at the Garden Gate.

A very special thanks to our hosts at the Cottage Inn B&B, Rich and Marge. Please stay with them if you visit the island.

So it was with a rested, but sad heart we spent our last evening watching the sun set across the water. Thankful for a great week, looking forward to our next adventure.

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POUNDSTOGO3 9/10/2010 10:16PM

    Had to leave to go to dinner but just stopped back to see your last pictures of the island. It makes me want to go back and stay a few days. Our trips were always one day trips.

And it is surprising how tired you can get sitting in a car.

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ILUVTOTAT 9/9/2010 12:46PM

    What a beautiful place! It reminds me of when I lived in Virginia. I must go back someday. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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LOULOUBELLE2 9/9/2010 12:35PM

    Ahhhhhh Your not alone in taking pictures to remember for quilt patterns...I do as well.

What a wonderful celebration you had. I relived our visits there in viewing your pictures on all the 5 blogs.
You did a awesome job of showing off the island, ever think about being a tour director?
I could "almost" taste the fudge...I liked the Chocolate Mint one when we were there.

Great memories....Have you planned your next adventure yet?
A Belated Happy Anniversary to you both...may the 2 of you enjoy many more adventures together.

Comment edited on: 9/9/2010 12:36:35 PM

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HYJEAN 9/8/2010 11:37AM

    I live near enough to drive there now. That has always been a dream to go there. I love your Blog and the pictures are just wonderful.

What a great place just to get away.

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    Lovely farewell, thanks. I have a similar sunset photo taken on a music cruise in the Straits area a couple of summers ago. Thanks for sharing.

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ELAINESHAFF 9/7/2010 11:05PM

    I have been there several times and hope to go back within the next year. Beautiful island!!

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MAKULEWAHINE 9/7/2010 10:52PM

    Oh my gosh. I feel as if I were there with you. Thanks.

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JGMK55 9/7/2010 9:59PM

    Deep sigh - beautful! emoticon

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1BEARWIFE 9/7/2010 8:30PM

    I love it! It's good to know that I am not the only one who takes photos of floors, windows and ceilings because they have interesting quilt patterns that I don't want to forget!!

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DOLLBABE56 9/7/2010 7:35PM

    The pictures are beautiful! I'm so happy that you have had such a lovely time.

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