Lovers of hiking, lovers of biking, lovers of beaches, lovers of nature, lovers of mountains, lovers of good food....Need Sparky say more? Well, yes....Virginia's slogan is one of the most recognized and popular ad campaign slogans....It's so popular Jordin Sparks ( no relation to Sparky), American Idol winner, recorded a song, "Virginia is for Lovers" in 2007. Virginia is the tenth most popular state to visit in the U.S. Sparky can see why...It's beautiful!
Sparky spent six great days with her daughter, helping her get moved in...Unpacking, assembling furniture, whatever needed to be done. We went shopping for organizational stuff.....
We ate at some terrific restaurants and took pictures of our food and ourselves.....
And Sparky went on a fabulous bike ride on the Washington/Old Dominion Rails to Trails trail.....Sparky rented a bike from the Green Lizard Cycling Shop in Herndon, VA. It's a great shop with great service, and close to the bike trail, right outside the shop's front door. Bike rental is expensive here, because it's so close to the D.C. area. FORTY dollars for a four hour rental. Compare that to 19.00 for four hours in Bar Harbor, ME. But it was worth it! The bike was a "Scott" bike...considered by some to be a high performance bike.
A great trail.....Sparky rode 26 miles the day she went....longest ride so far...The trail was VERY well maintained...The first part out of Herndon, was like this....like a highway! Later down the road, (heheheheh), the trail becomes a little more worn and a little bit rougher, still paved. But the entire ride today was rated as "easy" even though there are some hills. Sparky had no problem riding the distance and could have gone farther today on the really nice rental bike, but didn't want to over do it.
Two, interesting cold drinks...Sparky had never heard of this pop/soda....She didn't try it, but it sort of looks like a Dr. Pepper or a cherry coke drink.
A great ride today.....Loved the trail and all it offers.....
All too soon, it was time for Sparky to head back to Bradenton/Sarasota....She was sad to leave her daughter, and sad to leave the wonderful temperatures that Virginia had for the week...low seventies and high sixties...cooler than normal, the weather people said. That was fine and dandy for Sparky! No more trips planned for a bit until August...Sparky heads to Myrtle Beach to visit a friend in early August and to her daughter's in Texas later the same month. August will be busy! For now...time to get back on the bike back home and see what we can see..... See you later......
It surely must be a big relief knowing your daughter is home safe and sound.ReplyDelete
That looked like a wonderful cycling trail especially when you get to see nature upclose like that.
Waiting to read about your next adventures.
Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.
I was wondering if I could get your permission to use the image with you waving through the "LOVE" sign? I work for the Fairfax County Convention and Visitors Bureau as the Marketing Director and would love to use this image on our website. Please let me know at your earliest convenience and I'm glad you enjoyed your time here in Northern Virginia!ReplyDelete