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Thursday Byllesby Dam to Foster Falls and to Camp Cheerio

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I missed yesterday's post, sorry. DGS was sick at school and DD and SonIL were both working. So I picked him up and he stayed here. Gotta take care of the sick little ones.

Thursday morning we ate a quick breakfast in the room, packed a few Cliff bars, Nekot Crackers, and water and hit the trail again. We drove to Byllesby Dam through the fog, and hit the trail.





We had not ridden this section before, and it is beautiful. The trail follows the river to Buck Dam and I would have loved to have had my kayak along, too.



After Buck Dam, the trail flowed away from the river and back again.



Arriving at Foster Falls (14.4 miles), a small state park with horse stables, kayaks, hiking trails and small picnic area.





Then we headed back to Byllesby Dam ending up with 28 miles for the day.





A quick salad at Wendy's and off to Camp Cheerio for my quilt retreat.



Thursday was spent setting up our space, show and tell, and getting to know our new retreaters.





Linda made a lovely needle turned Celtic knot wall hanging with her hand dyed fabrics for show and tell. Then she turned it over to show the label and it was for ME. I was floored. It was a thank you for helping to set up the retreat. It is beautiful and will hang over my mantle for Christmas every year.





Dinner was salad bar, home made chicken pot pie with rice, fresh bread and fruit cobbler. YUM.

Some sewing after dinner, then off to bed. Early call in the morning for my walk around the camp before breakfast.

Life is good.

  
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KRISLEEB 10/17/2011 10:01AM

    such beautiful work!!! Congrats on a successful retreat!!!

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QUILTINGB52 10/17/2011 4:00AM

    I used to love riding the bike trails in western Wisconsin. But that is just a memory....looks like you had wonderful weather for your ride!!

Thanks for sharing the trip with us!

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LUVS2BIKE101 10/15/2011 3:42PM

    Oh, wow! I dream of riding trails like yours! And I've never been on a quilt retreat. Looks like fun. Glad you had a great time with both outings. And what a beautiful quilted gift! What a great friend!
Happy trails!!!
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Wed, Damascus to Abingdon and Fries to Byllesby Dam

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wed started off a bit cool, so we ate breakfast and took our time getting started. It felt good to have leg and arm warmers, and a jacket. Just 2 blocks away from the B&B and we were on the trail.







Most of the damage from the spring storms has been cleaned up and repairs completed. Except for Trestle 7. This link shows the before and after pictures of it.

www.vacreepertrail.us/trestle7.html

They have done a great job at getting the trail opened again, but I do hope they replace the trestle.

We made it to the trail head in Abingdon, then got to ride it again back to Damascus.



Then we loaded up and headed to Fries to ride a section of the New River Trail we hadn't ridden before, Fries to Byllesby Dam. The trail runs along the river and is absolutely beautiful.





After 48 miles I was tired and ready for dinner. A quick shower, dinner at Applebee's, and I was ready for bed. Tomorrow, Byllesby Dam to Foster Falls and on to the quilt retreat.

Life is good.

  
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COLEENCOLE 10/14/2011 9:44AM

    Very nice.

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MAKULEWAHINE 10/13/2011 8:55PM

    I agree. You have the coolest rides. Love those pics. I am anxious to get back on the bike as soon as I can after cataract surgery. I'm going stir crazy. You inspire me to get out and find those new trails:)

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KRISLEEB 10/13/2011 8:46AM

    I think life sounds GREAT!!!

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BILL60 10/13/2011 7:34AM

    Great pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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W5VEOTX 10/13/2011 7:20AM

    You have some of the coolest rides and pictures.

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Tuesday, Damascus toward White Top

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

We got a late start on our week, but did arrive in Damascus in time to get in a short ride on the Virginia Creeper trail toward White top. There is a slight up hill grade in that direction, but that is ok, I am on my bike and I am happy.







We stayed at the Damascus Old Mill B&B for the evening.



It is a great B&B with very nice people working. This is the view from our room.





Wed we will ride to Abingdon and back before going to the New River Trail and getting in another ride in the afternoon.

Life is good.

  
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MAKULEWAHINE 10/13/2011 8:56PM

    Your life is awesome!! Beautiful areas.

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KRISLEEB 10/12/2011 9:26AM

    soooo beautiful!!! Enjoy!!

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MOTIVATED@LAST 10/11/2011 10:26PM

    What a beautiful ride!

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MCLIZZY 10/11/2011 9:38PM

    I was just in this area camping over the weekend. We didn't go on the VA Creeper Trail, but did some hiking and enjoyed the beautiful weather and wonderful fall colors! Hope you are enjoying your visit. emoticon

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Frontier Days

Sunday, September 25, 2011

This past week was Frontier Days celebration in Eva, a small town near my parents. Saturday was the tractor parade and booth sale downtown. Dad's antique tractor club had a big tent with lots of activities planned, so we picked up the grands after school and headed up for the fun. We got there Friday in time to ride the 4 wheelers a bit before dark.






Dad has several tractors, but chose his John Deere to drive this year.



While he was busy getting things ready for the parade, we hit some of the activities.

Antique Car show


Angus is an animatronic steer with a photo sensor, and moos at the most unexpected times.


There were a few rides.


The ROTC led the parade.


PawPaw was in the middle of the tractors (he is on the green John Deere).


If you wave, they throw you candy.


There were pedal tractor races.


Slowest tractor race.


Blind Man's Bluff (drive blindfolded and try to be closest to the barrel).


Ladies Frying Pan Toss.


We intentionally avoided the food vendors, drank water, and got a lot of walking in. It was a good day.

The boys got to visit with their great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, too. It was a good weekend.



Life is good.

  
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1BEARWIFE 9/26/2011 1:23PM

    What wonderful Patriotic home town, family first, photos!! Looks like your Grands take after YOU with all their enthusiasm and willingness to try out new things........like driving 4 wheelers!
Thanks so much for sharing these!!! emoticon

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KRISLEEB 9/26/2011 11:58AM

    That looks like a really great day!! Thanks for sharing.

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COLEENCOLE 9/26/2011 9:35AM

    And more fun with the grands.

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W5VEOTX 9/26/2011 9:30AM

    Neat! Thanks for the photos. Grew up on farm where county seat was only 1000 people. Brings back lots of memories, small is often best.

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BILL60 9/26/2011 7:22AM

    Sounds like fun!!

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Family 5K

Monday, August 15, 2011

For his birthday my DH wanted our youngest DD to run a 5K with him.



So we turned it into a family affair.



For reasons I won't go into, I was unable to run the whole 5K, but did manage to walk/run the whole thing.



Our SonIL and youngest DGS (4) did some training and ran a good part of it.



DGS got 3 place in his age group.



Our oldest DD and DGS (7) walked it.



We had a wonderful morning together. Life is good.


  
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1BEARWIFE 8/16/2011 12:09PM

    What a GREAT idea to have a FAMILY 5K!! Sure wish Bossy Daughter and family lived closer so we could do that. There's nothing better than a family where everyone keeps healthy and fit!! emoticon

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KRISLEEB 8/16/2011 8:52AM

    That is super great!!! How'd DH do??

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CARLANNIE 8/16/2011 8:48AM

    What a terrific smile you have there - awesome! And what an exceptional way to spend a Saturday morning. You could make it an annual event.

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GOODGETNBETR 8/16/2011 8:30AM

    emoticon Liked the way you made it a family affair. Keep up the great work.

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LUVS2BIKE101 8/16/2011 7:41AM

    Congratulations! The family that plays together, stays together!
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COLEENCOLE 8/16/2011 7:05AM

    What a great idea.

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W5VEOTX 8/15/2011 11:07PM

    Fantastic - having the family out for this is great.

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