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A Rewarding Shenandoah Sunday.(24 posts)

A Rewarding Shenandoah Sunday.MB1
Apr 28, 2003 8:48 AM
Normally we like to do our long rides on Saturday and follow it up with an easy Century on Sunday. Alas it rained on Saturday so we only got in a (very wet) 100 miles around town. Sunday was looking good so we decided to head out to Purcellville for a Shenandoah Valley ride.

Purcellville is the Western terminus of the W&OD trail about a 45 mile ride from DC. Normally we would just ride out but we wanted to ride out into the boonies of the Shenandoah Valley so we drove to the end of the trail and started from there.
Blue Ridge Views.MB1
Apr 28, 2003 8:51 AM
To get to Shenandoah we had to cross over the Blue Ridge at Snickers Gap. It really reminds me of a Western Climb in that from the East it is a fairly long climb with gentle grades.

The Western slope is a lot steeper and we flew down the gap to the valley down below.
Spring in all it’s glory.MB1
Apr 28, 2003 8:54 AM
The thing that distinguishes the Shenandoah Valley from most of the places that we ride is how gentle and open the roads are. This makes it a great place to ride in the spring and fall but on a nice summer day it can get really hot without much shade. In the winter it can get really windy.

Sunday was one of those perfect spring days with mild temps and gentle breezes.
North Mountain.MB1
Apr 28, 2003 9:02 AM
The Shenandoah Valley runs between the Blue Ridge and North Mountain. We crossed the valley and rode along the ridge of North Mountain. It had always amused me that North Mountain in Virginia is directly to the south of Maryland's South Mountain.

Cruising along North Mountain was fairly easy and it gave us a chance to enjoy some great views of the valley.
It’s Apple Blossom Time.MB1
Apr 28, 2003 9:08 AM
The apple trees we were in full bloom as we rode along Apple Pie Ridge on our way to West Virginia. Smelled good..
left bar-end shifter, right STI. interesting. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 28, 2003 9:14 AM
..I think they use Lance's mechanic...;) nmSpunout
Apr 28, 2003 9:22 AM
Small hands.MB1
Apr 28, 2003 10:09 AM
Miss M always had problems operating her front STI shifter. She was basically only using 3 or 4 gears in the middle and small chainrings and never shifted into the big ring.

I set up her Rivendell with a bar end shifter on the left-she liked it a lot. This winter I finally got around to setting up her Merlin that way too.

Now that she uses her big gears a lot more I am beginning to think that it may not have been such a good idea. "Oh my aching legs....."
I don't know why people don't like dandylionsKristin
Apr 28, 2003 9:38 AM
They compliment those Apple Blossom's and MissM's jersey so nicely. Brings the whole shot together.
West Virginia.MB1
Apr 28, 2003 9:13 AM
As soon as we crossed the state line from Virginia into West Virginia the road surface deteriorated and most of the homes were single wide trailers with lots of cars parked all around.

The riding was still nice but the area isn't all that great-it is funny how sometimes clichés are true. At least most of the dogs were chained up.
Long, gradual and steady climbing all day.MB1
Apr 28, 2003 9:17 AM
Since we were crossing the valley rather than riding along the river we were climbing all day. Easy climbs though.

BTW Here is proof that I am not always on Miss M's wheel.
she probably stopped, right?DougSloan
Apr 28, 2003 10:08 AM
So she stopped to pee, huh?

I just realized that the single most photographed image ever displayed at RBR must be Miss M's butt. :-)

Oh, so THAT's what he meant ...Humma Hah
Apr 28, 2003 11:46 AM
... a few posts back, by "good view of the valley"?

I was wondering.
Once more over the Blue Ridge.MB1
Apr 28, 2003 9:24 AM
Late in the afternoon we re-crossed the Blue Ridge on our way back to Purcellville. The western face of the ridge is pretty steep and this was the only time in the ride that we used our small chainrings.
Reward #1 was the great riding in a great place on a great day.MB1
Apr 28, 2003 9:27 AM
The early morning climbing was now our afternoon downhill.
Inspired by Gregory Taylor we try to do our fair share.MB1
Apr 28, 2003 9:32 AM
Gregory Taylor and Team Lardbutt adopted a stretch of Virginia road and promised to keep it clean.

About mile 112 with one mile to go we decided to adopt a very short stretch of road and keep it clean too.. A good deed is its own reward!
that's an expensive way to support the confederacy...bigskulls
Apr 28, 2003 11:04 AM
just don't try to spend it in Virginia!
WooooHoooo! We be eatin' biscuits tonight!!! (nm)Gregory Taylor
Apr 28, 2003 12:44 PM
I see DINNER! :) nmnoveread
Apr 28, 2003 12:51 PM
2 things you'll never hear me say:RJF
Apr 28, 2003 9:28 AM
"only got in . . . 100 miles" and "easy century" are two phrases that will never pass my lips!! You two are insane! Love the ride reports and it is always a nice way to start the week.
You never know....PeterRider
Apr 28, 2003 11:52 AM
I was thinking like you less than a year ago. Not that I am very fast now, but the goals are a bit higher. If you give me a century with less than 6-7000ft of climbing, I will call it an easy century. A year ago, it was very difficult for me to finish the LA river ride, 70 miles of ultra-flat bike path.

But I agree, those 2 are completely crazy (and healthy).

Ok, never say never.RJF
Apr 28, 2003 12:17 PM
Good point -- never say never. Once my kids are in college, I may have the time to train adequately so that I could do something approaching that sick double century with 20,000 feet of climbing you did. That was quite a ride!
BeautifulCharlie Amerique
Apr 28, 2003 9:56 AM
Miles upon miles of rolling hills. I love road riding on the east coast (though I've done little enough of it).

You're right about WV too, I'm from there originally and my folks still live there and it seems double-wides are the home of choice... and rust is the national flower.

I'll be coming into WV later this week to pick up my new road rides... and maybe check out some trailer parks of my own.

Uh ...uh ... the state flower is the ...Humma Hah
Apr 28, 2003 11:52 AM
...satellite dish.

WV does change. For instance, a few years ago, a big flood came down one valley near our weekend cabin in Grant County, and did ten million dollars in improvements.

They po, but proud. And never underestimate West Virginians. A guy living in a shack surrounded by old cars and farm equipment may have a Masters Degree! The state's largest export is unemployment: a West Virginian out of work will probably leave the state and take someone else's job, coming home on the weekends.