Bikes everywhere

Time to start training for the weeklong East Coast Greenway ride in October.

Bikes in Hopewell

Bikes in Hopewell
It’s time to revive this blog and start training — I’ll be riding in the East Coast Greenway’s annual weeklong fundraiser ride again come October, this time from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Raleigh, North Carolina.

So I rode two out of three days this Memorial Day weekend — the 40-miler was the “easy” way to Hopewell, while the 30-miler was the hillier way. So many cyclists wherever I looked! Sometimes it was a group decked out in lycra (oh, besides us), other times a family with a bike trailer for kids heading onto the towpath trail. There were even some (besides us, again) who’d ridden to catch our town’s Memorial Day parade.

So yes, May has been the month to start riding more than just to the train station and to work on the other end, plus the odd errand in town. One of my other notable rides was the 22-mile Four-Island Ride in New York with the East Coast Greenway.

Randalls Island: one of four islands
Randalls Island: one of four islands

But clearly I need to do more! This year’s ECG ride is being compressed into six days from seven because there wasn’t enough room for all of us in a small-town hotel. So this is what I’m facing:

Day 1: 68 miles from Fredericksburg to Richmond

Day 2: 31 miles from Richmond to Petersburg

Day 3: 80 miles from Petersburg to South Hill (hope it’s not too hilly!)

Day 4: 37 miles from South Hill west to Clarksville

Day 5: 59 miles from Clarksville to Durham (that’s the day we cross into North Carolina)

Day 6: 49 miles from Durham to Raleigh (I had no idea they were so far apart)

Author: alliumstozinnias

A gardener (along with the Brit) who has discovered there is more than hybrid tomatoes. And a cyclist.

2 thoughts on “Bikes everywhere”

  1. Bev Duncan and I have also been out enjoying the trails and getting ready for this year’s WAY ride. Unlike last year when we were both recovering from knee surgery and a broken pelvic bone, we are in good health. So we’ve been able to get 400 miles under our wheels and quite a bit of hill practice. Whenever we ride on the ECG we try out the new app and report any glitches we find to Eric Weiss. Hoping to be able to use the app with confidence by October.
    Safe riding my friends.


    1. 400 miles?! I have a lot of catching up to do!
      Are you doing that Connecticut Commissioners’ Ride from New Haven on June 27?


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