The past few days have been perfect weather. Cool, crisp nights, warm clear days, some wind but dry for a change. We have a rainy Sunday evening and night, but next week is to return to nice weather.
This is just in time for Jim’s participation in the 5 state Harley Davidson Bike rally to be hosted by his chapter of HOG. He is scheduled to lead 3 rides, two back to our area for a tour and lunch at Mountain Lake Lodge, the third a very long day ride from Roanoke to the Back of the Dragon, along that 32 mile winding road, and looping back to Roanoke, a total of 275 miles. He road it on his bike yesterday with his sweeper and got home exhausted last night, having questions that he thought of, so today we repeated it only in the car so that I could be his spotter, looking for things he can’t look for while focusing on the technical ride.
It is a beautiful area, with a lunch stop at a wonderful little restaurant in Tazewell, Virginia. By the time we were home, I was tired of being in the car, put away the morning purchases from the Farmers’ Market that had travelled with us in a cooler. Lamb chops had been part of the purchase and Jim enjoyed 4 small rib chops for his dinner with fresh sugar snap peas.
After our dinner, I took a brisk walk on our hilly road, climbing beyond the state maintained part, farther than I have climbed before.
You can get some idea of the steepness of this section of road by looking left above the halfway divide of the photo, you can see the lower end of this road. A walk back down this steep and then back up the other side of this hollow on another steep road, then up into the woods to the top of the hill above our house. This allowed for a photo of our house down in the next hollow as the sun was setting. That photo is the heading above. Though this walk is only a bit more than 2 miles, it was done briskly and is a lot of extreme elevation change, with minimal stopping to allow my heart rate to recover. I am still hopeful that my efforts will help me be prepared for the upcoming backpacking trip with eldest son and his family.