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Just got back from X-mas vacation ...(3 posts)

Just got back from X-mas vacation ...Humma Hah
Dec 29, 2001 7:51 PM
... the wife and I had a timeshare for a week in Colonial Williamsburg. I like that sort of stay because we don't eat out all the time. I gain a lot of weight eating in restaurants for a week, but stay steady or even lose when eating better in a place that comes with a kitchen.

The jacuzzi was a nice touch.

We took the bikes, and I got in 41.5 miles on Christmas day, taking the Colonial Parkway down to Jamestown and back with the wife, then going solo down to near Yorktown and back. It was cold and windy, and the surface of the parkway is walnut-sized rocks imbedded in concrete. Occasional asphalt ramps were wonderously smooth in comparison, and I'd guess the surface dropped speed about 2 mph. The ride was a bit rough on the cruiser, with 60 psi in the tires, probably not bad on a MTB at 45 psi, and OK on a cyclocrosser. I'd not have liked 20 mm tires and 140 psi.

We rode a little more at Jamestown yesterday, and did some at Yorktown today. Were any of you guys among the swarm of roadies bouncing down the parkway toward Yorktown this morning?
Wasn't me, but I wish it was. I lived in Williamsburg for sevenbill
Dec 30, 2001 8:02 AM
years; came to appreciate it only much later in life. It's a pretty place. There is a (subterranean) bike shop just off Richmond Road, near the Green Leaf, that has a lot of roadie stuff and some interesting cruisers. They have Saturday a.m. rides leaving from there; next time I'm in town (Wmsburg), I'm going to try to take the bike.
When I was in college, I rode my bike everywhere, but it was transportation, not sport. Now, I'd like to go up Route 5 and environs. I've heard that there's a strong roadie contingent locally, and some of those colonial roads are narrow, but awfully pretty.
You're right about the Parkway; when I last lived there, in 1986, the Parkway was being renovated, and it was closed. Rode my bike on it a couple of times, but the surface was so rough, it wasn't worth it. Parkway sure is beautiful, though.
I vacation in Williamsburg last four summers !!jswhern
Dec 31, 2001 5:11 AM
I have a family member that owns Bikes Unlimited across form William & Mary. I have ridden all-around the area and look forward to it every year. I sometimes will trip up there for spring break as well. The parkway is my most favorite place to ride, the Saturday ride is with a shop called Bike Beat. They ride every sat in two groups A/B and they ride a course called jolly pond. Gets fast and furious around jolly pond, so be ready. Bikes Unlimited is a great resource to rent bikes and for places to ride. Waller mill and York River are two big areas for off road. They do a Sunday Mt bike ride from the shop and no one is dropped !! The owners of the shop are Barry & Jan and stop by and browse. Tell them Wayde sent you !! See you on the road.

Wayde E.