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Skyline and a Whim

The stages of spring were on display over a vertical half-mile of the Blue Ridge, as Lane and I toured the central section of Skyline Drive. In the valleys, azaleas were still at peak, while on the top of the … Continue reading

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Five Weeks

When in January DC Randonneurs announced the April 6 running of the Fl├Ęche, a 24-hour bike ride of at least 224 miles, I emailed my riding buddy Lane, who’d been lobbying me to do it for a long while: “mm … Continue reading

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The Mogollon Rim and the Colorado Plateau

Walking over 2 billion years of volcanic eruptions and sediments deposited by ancient seas, I forget about the weird politics of Arizona and feel, dawn to dusk, awed by the edge between land and sky. For a mid-January break from … Continue reading

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Red Oak run-down

I’d been absent from my favorite riding territory for four months when I heard the call of the chilly peaks of Rappahannock County the last week in December. Kelly Smith suspected I’d be riding the last Friday of the year. … Continue reading

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Chill in the air

The draw of a fall tour is, of course, the color. A side benefit is a bit of hide-toughening before the winter cold sets in. On a long weekend a month after the equinox, we had both on a run … Continue reading

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Circle Game

The first Saturday in April, I accompanied Chuck and Crista through the fruit orchards of Adams County (“Three Babes in the Woods”), where we inhaled the apple blossoms and basked in intensifying rays of the early-spring sun. As a group … Continue reading

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Back to the Cape

We kept asking each other: What were we doing that kept us from coming back for five years? The truth, mostly: biking. This trip was a spur-of-the-moment thank-you to my wife Laurie for sagging a bunch of cyclists from Vermont … Continue reading

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