|A modified Leesburg 'Loop' for me on my one day ride-along with Chris "Pondero" and company.|
Chris it was such pleasure to meet you, thanks again for making your vacation and family time accessible to so many local folks who know you from the Riv Google Group and your excellent blog!
Not pictured is the reason for the abrupt end of my trip in Vienna, rest assured it was planned! My wife Erika wasn't able to join in for the full day of riding but given the splendid weather and my plans she hopped on her bike at Vienna after work and rode towards me on the W&OD trail. It worked out so well, she ended up with about 30 miles herself and we ended the day with a double whammy hitting Caboose Brewery for beer and snacks then Vienna Inn for a delicious Chili Cheese Dog. I couldn't really script up a finer day.
Check out the pictures and captions.
|Mr. Pondero as we roll out from Bethesda.|
|The crew at Fletcher's Boat House on the C&O. Turned out to be a good meeting point.|
|Tom "Pudge"s one of a kind black, rolhoff'd, double TT Bombadil. Sporting Thunder Burts of course. Cool looking bike, another bike I've admired from the web and loved seeing in person.|
|Steve's Hilsen, in front of Jeff's Hilsen, next to Ken's Saluki... felt like a Riv showroom at Fletchers!|
|Ms. Chasing Mailboxes and Mr. Pondero.... when bloggers meet! :)|
|The whole crew together at Fletchers.|
|Rolling out from Fletchers. Pretty healthy size group!|
|Jeff, Chris and Carey riding up the trail.|
|Getting closer to Great Falls.|
|The crew coming up towards Great Falls.|
|Tom "Pudge" Allingham. Tom sold me my blue Bombadil almost exactly a year ago so this was the second time we met and I was thrilled to get to ride with him. Absolute gentleman and great riding companion.|
|I loved this shot even as I took it. Pondero doing what Pondero does... well, when he's not lounging in a hammock or enjoying a coffee outside. Chris recording the C&O Locks.|
|Great Falls was ANGRY... swollen with the significant rainfall created by recently passed Hurricane Joaquin. Cool site for the out of towners to get to see so much water pounding through the rapids.|
|The Saluki at rest|