In the wake of Saturday's rain out, we're riding Sunday.
Winter is coming, the folks in Westeros believe. However, I'm counting on at least one more good weekend so we can ride Blue Ridge Views before the darkness arrives. As the ride name suggests, there are views of the Blue Ridge plus sightings of lesser-known hill and ridges. There is about 3,670 feet of climbing, but no killer, steep grades.
From downtown Warrenton we’ll head westward to the hills, passing through Orleans on the way to Flint Hill, via the hilly Leeds Manor and Crest Hill Roads. After a rest stop (with flush toilets) at Flint Hill (try the ham biscuits), we go south on rolling hills through Ben Venue and then east to Rixeyville for stop number two. From there it is east and north back to Warrenton.
See the link http://RideWithGPS.com/routes/7433372 for the cued route.
A few notes:
No restroom at the ride start, so stop at a gas station before arriving.
To reach Warrenton from the east and avoid traffic snarls in Gainesville, exit I-66 at Haymarket/Hwy. 15 and head south about two miles to Hwy. 29. Turn right and continue until you reach Warrenton. Garmin and other electronic route finders, tend to make you exit I-66 at Gainesville/Hwy. 29, which will only leave you dealing with a lot of traffic lights.
No go in rain. If weather forces a cancellation, I'll post a notice on the Google Group "Pedalers" and the PPTC website ride listing.
The Ride Leader will pedal at a non-threatening B pace and fully anticipates to be dropped on the hills a few miles outside of Warrenton. Got questions, call or send e-mail, just don’t wait until the morning of the ride.
Bruce Rolfsen 202-674-1941