We've been wanting to get Gary and Laurie on a beautiful ride through the orchard country in Nelson County so last Saturday we headed north. When Gretchen and I first did the ride it was 12 miles but we scouted out a route that extended it to 20 miles and took in Bland and Leonard's own stomping grounds around Massies Mill and Pharsalia. Pharsalia was a plantation owned originally by Thomas Massie of whom Bland is a descendent.
This week's ride took the TOF Brothers to Altavista for a 36 mile loop east of town. Beautiful day to ride with temperatures in the forties, lunch along a briskly flowing Staunton River in Long Island, a great 6 mile roll and of course, a few hills to make it a worthwhile ride. The boys do scare me. We have already lowered our cold riding threshold to below 40 degrees this season and David and Gary are talking about riding all winter. How low will they go? Will I need down booties, a full face mask, hand warmers?