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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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For the love of Vermont!

Quaint villages, nestled in valleys and set upon hilltops. The greenest mountains. Stunning scenery. Steep mountainsides. Dramatic geology from five distinct eras. A state that has written the book on small-town tourism, yet remains remote enough not to be overwhelmed … Continue reading

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Happy Second Birthday, CoMo!

Sometimes it is about the bike. If it weren’t, then the purchase of my Cannondale aluminum hybrid six years ago, after Laurie badgered me into upgrading my well loved and worn 1979 Fuji, wouldn’t have marked a shift in my … Continue reading

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Red Gate Gravel Ramble

Two goals when I plotted this route around the central section of Shenandoah National Park in early May: climb a lot, often on gravel; and explore some back roads whose destinations were ambiguous on maps. Both were accomplished. Crista got … Continue reading

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