Yesterday I took a ride out on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park with a new friend, Melissa (left), who I met a few months ago volunteering at the Mt. Vernon Place Shower Ministry, and Anna (right), my new roommate. What a beautiful day for it! We left before 8AM, beat the heat and got in some incredible mountain riding.
Imagine zooming down hills with this beautiful view to your left:
Now that you’ve had your chance to visualize this scene, you might need to tweak it just a tad, based on this tid-bit of knowledge: I really don’t zoom that fast going down hills, but it doesn’t take much to feel like you’re flying through the landscape. I tend to watch my friends fly past me on each descent and then make my way back up on the climbs.
Last year was my first biking trip to Skyline and I had such a great time that it started to seem like something I should do every year. This year, it just so happens that I managed to sneak it in shortly before heading to Iowa for RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Anna, the new roommate (who I also lived with for a year in the grad-school group house), is from Iowa and her dad suggested RAGBRAI after she started talking about getting a bike early in the year. I’m tagging along because I think that multi-day bike events make for a great vacation. I’ve never ridden in a group of 10,000 before, but I have no doubt that this party on wheels will live up to its reputation and any expectations I may have.