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Biking Tips

 

Packing for a Biking Trip Without Forgetting the Essentials

To help avoid leaving behind the essential when we travel with our bikes, I’ve created a convenient check list that can be printed out to use when packing for a biking trip.

 

Biking Excursions

 

40-Mile Great Falls Ramble

This 40-Mile Great Falls Ramble took us along wide open roads and twisty narrow roads, up a a few incredibly steep hills with rewarding descents on the other sides. Notable landmarks we rode by included Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Riverbend Park in Great Falls, the Potomac River, L’Auberge Chez Francois, and the Trump National Golf Club.

 

30-Mile Greater Ashburn Bike Tour

Our 30-Mile Greater Ashburn Bike Tour took us around the outskirts of Ashburn where traffic was lighter. With a start temperature of 63°, low humidity, and a bright blue sky, it was a perfect day for a bike ride!

 

30-Mile Tour de Ashburn

The 30-Mile Tour de Ashburn was the first organized ride for our newly formed women’s cycling club. The ride took us through eastern Loudoun County where parkways far outnumber narrow country roads and planned communities, schools, and shopping centers seem to be on repeat.

 

30-Mile LoCo Gravel Grinder

Our 30-mile LoCo Gravel Grinder took us on the less traveled backroads of western Loudoun County where we rode past beautiful farms, wineries, mills with granaries, suburban communities, and the little town of Purcellville.

 

30-Mile Clifton Breakfast Ride

Even though our 30-mile Clifton Breakfast Ride felt like two separate rides, 21 miles before breakfast and 9 miles after breakfast, it was overall an enjoyable ride. Moving breakfast to the end would have been a huge improvement in my opinion, but the other cyclist in our group didn’t seem to mind the mid-ride stop.

 

37-Mile Taylorstown and Stumptown Hills Bike Tour

Our 37-mile Taylorstown and Stumptown Hills Bike Tour was incredibly scenic with rolling hills flanked on either side by farms with cattle and horses. And I can now consider myself worthy of being a part of my new cycling group now that I’ve conquered those hills!

 

40-Mile Loudoun and Fauquier Counties Bike Tour

Our 40-mile Fauquier and Loudoun Counties Bike Tour took us through the quaint towns of The Plains, Marshall, Delaplane, and Middleburg. We couldn’t have asked for a more fun start to our 39th wedding anniversary!

 

36-Mile Southwest Virginia Country Roads Ride

I designed our 36-mile southwest Virginia country roads ride to take us up a ridiculous climb on a short segment of Back of the Dragon, a popular road full of twists and turns which attracts motorcyclists from all over the country. We also rode past farms, forests, country stores, and two Appalachian Trail crossings.

 

26-Mile Southwest Virginia Gravel Ride

Our 26-mile Southwest Virginia Gravel Ride took us past family farms, little country stores, and even an Appalachian Trail hostel. The hills of southwest Virginia challenged us to some ridiculous climbs but always rewarded us with a fun ride down the other side.

 

46-Mile Western Loudoun County Mountain Road Bike Tour

Our 46-mile Western Loudoun County Mountain Road Bike Tour took us along beautiful twisty roads past farms, wineries, and quaint little towns. Even though I’d been warned, I wasn’t prepared for the relentless hills.

 

52-Mile Frederick County, Maryland Three Covered Bridges Bike Tour

The 52-mile Frederick County, Maryland Three Covered Bridges Bike Tour took us past beautiful farms just an hour’s drive west of the nation’s capital. The farm girl in me loved the beautiful rolling hills, farm animals, crops, and machinery we saw as we rode through the countryside with our Dawn Patrol cycling friends.

 

The Bike Lane Fall C&O Canal Trail Ride

Bill and I had a really enjoyable time meeting other cyclists at The Bike Lane Fall C&O Canal Trail Ride’s very casual event. We rode from Brunswick, MD along the C&O Canal towpath at our own paces to Shepherdstown, West Virginia where we stopped for a leisurely lunch before heading back to our cars, completing almost forty miles.

 

Mountain Biking at Hurricane Cliffs in Virgin, Utah

A year after learning to mountain bike, we decided to introduce the sport to our kids, only this time, we’d go for an easier course. In mountain biking, though, what one rider considers easy might be difficult for another and we quickly learned that rocks and twisty turns are norms in the world of mountain biking…

 

DC Bike Ride Recap

Bill and I joined our friends and approximately 7,000 other bikers for the DC Bike Ride where we had the opportunity to pedal past monuments and memorials on closed streets. What a wonderful way to tour our nation’s capital!

 

Bike NY Five Boro Bike Tour Recap

Bill and I joined our friends and approximately 32,000 other bikers for our first riding of the Bike NY Five Boro Bike Tour. Our friends were veterans – some riding for as many as twelve years – and their experiences made every aspect of the weekend so much easier for the two of us. Unfortunately, even their veteran status gave them zero control over the weather…

 

Becoming a Trumpet Head:  Leading Up to Our Bike NY Five Boro Bike Tour

After dinner, our team gathered in the hotel lobby to attach our trumpets to our helmets. After about twelve years of seeing pictures of our Maryland running friends wearing trumpets on their helmets for Bike NY, we learned how they came to be called the Trumpet Heads…

 

Mountain Biking in Moab with Sylvie

Bill had been dreaming of mountain biking for some time and trying it out while we were in the mountain biking capital of North America seemed like the perfect time to start. I had only returned to biking the previous summer after taking a twenty-year hiatus from the sport; and to make matters worse, I hadn’t been on my bike at all in the past nine months. To say my biking skills were rusty would be a grave understatement. Hiring a private instructor seemed to be a necessity and Sylvie seemed up for the challenge…

 

Trend Setters Enjoying the DC Cherry Blossoms

One of our most memorable bike rides took place when our sons were tiny tots and got to enjoy the DC cherry blossoms while riding in style. We pulled them behind us on many rides, but touring DC during cherry blossom season was our all-time favorite ride.