Jan 30, 2006

kerr lake...

finally got out and did some riding this weekend... wasn't out too long, just a couple hours. but, considering it's (supposed to be) winter, it was nice to get out. it was a little later in the day than i wanted to take off, so i did consider not going. however, my wife coaxed me into going - isn't she wonderful??

so i took a ride up to the kerr lake - virginia side. i was on a little bit of a (self imposed) time schedule, so i didn't explore the back roads up to the lake as much as i might have. weather was great - clear, sunny sky, temps in the 60s. there wasn't that much traffic, so it was a more peaceful ride. lot of time to look around, soak up the scenery, reflect on the thoughts that float around my head...

as i pass through the small towns with one two lane road running through them, i wonder what people did to thrive. what did they do for a living, for fun, to pass the time?? i can't be sure, but it seems like they had a much simpler life... i wonder if time has passed them by. or maybe progress... as i get closer to the lake, i notice more land for sale. more housing developments going in. it probably won't be long before the farm land, the countryside, the little corner markets are gone. replaced by housing developments. i notice there is a new development in north carolina just before the virginia boarder. it's only a matter of time...

anyway, i made it up to the lake and stopped by the dam to take some pictures...




and a couple of the bike...




on the way home, i noticed i was on the bicycle 1 route. i know bicycle 1 runs a little west of home - my question was how far out of the way was this route?? since i was interested in getting home quickly, i only followed it for a short bit. enough to find a shorter route to the lake as well as giving me another road to explore on a future ride...

overall, it was a great day for a ride... nice to be back out on the bike again...