The last time I rode this route was Father's Day one year ago. Today's ride was uneventful. I stopped a lot to take pictures. That killed any average speed I had going.
It was hot. It hit 99 or 100 in D.C.
Cyclist on Pr. Wm. Parkway Bike Path
On the bike path near Manassas there was a couple walking two large retrievers -- one a black Lab and the other a Golden. If they had been paying attention they would have seen me coming and made sure I could get by safely at speed. Instead I had to slow to almost a stop. I was nice, thanked them, and then regretted that I didn't dismount and take a picture. I know, they killed my momentum so I should at least take a picture.
My route took me on Sudley Road through Manassas and past the Manassas Battlefield.
|Manassas Battlefield Park |
Braddock Road, Loudoun Co., Va.
As I rode along I was going slower and slower and felt my rear tire become sluggish. I pulled over to change a flat and then was delighted to see that I didn't have a flat -- it really was that crappy to ride in.
Snapping Turtle on Braddock Road
Once I reached the far end of Braddock Road I flew passed a huge turtle in the middle of the road. I turned around, at first wanting to move it to safety. But I soon decided it could protect itself better than I could.
Country Store in Airmont - A Cyclist's Oasis
My only stop was at Airmont for a bottle of PowerAde, bottle of water, and a Milky Way candy bar (they were out of Snickers).
Barn on Rte 9
The climb over the Blue Ridge on Rte 9 was uneventful. However, my wife and son passed me, while I was hugging the shoulder, and NEVER SAW ME!!!! I will die on the road some day by motorists who somehow manage to pass cyclists without seeing them.
Jefferson Co., WV
Garmin Map and Stats