09/23/11 Summer Things To Do List Update

In June I followed a Daily Post prompt to Make a top 10 list of things to do this summer. Since this is the first day of fall I thought I’d post what I accomplished from that list.

1 Visit the beach

2 Eat a funnel cake
D & I shared an awesome funnel cake at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This serving included the cake, powdered sugar, strawberries, hot fudge, ice cream, and whipped cream!

3 Try the rotary sushi bar in Bethesda MD

4 Do the Harley Davidson vehicle operations tour in York PA
We went to York but only got to do a modified tour since 2012 bikes had gone into production and hadn’t yet been released to the dealers. Still interesting though and I’d definitely like to go back.

5 Add some new music to my ipod
I added some CDs that I’d wanted for quite a while, a mix that includes Prince, Reggae Cowboys, Willie & Lobo, and Culture Club.

6 Start putting aside money for our 10th anniversary

7 Find a place that serves a French onion soup that I can add to my list of favorites

8 Get Nandy’s allergies under control
Only two or three scabs remain and she hasn’t been scratching at them so this was a success. Since I didn’t experiment with her food I have to assume they were seasonal allergies.

9 Find-and shop at-a farmer’s market or produce stand somewhere near our house
Not exactly close to the house but we found a nice farmer’s market in Leesburg that we visited on the couple of rides. Absolutely fantastic corn and tomatoes!

10 Get the last two refrigerator magnets needed for our ‘states we have visited’ collection

09/18/11 Dark Skies & Bridges

Today we did a 215 mile ride with some good friends that included breakfast in Annapolis at Sofi’s Crepes and lunch at The Captain’s Table in Solomons Island.

The weather was much cooler and while the clouds looked threatening we had only a few sprinkles early in the day.

Here are a few quick shots from crossing the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge:

09/08/11 WV Weekend Day 2

225 miles

Beautiful weather for day two until we were on our way back to the motel and ended up in a bit of rain. Not disappointing though since we were kind of surrounded by low-lying clouds again.

We rode up Spruce Knob, which is the highest point in West Virginia. Then we headed over to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (Green Bank Telescope) where we had lunch, watched the presentation, and went on the tour.

We left for home early the following morning because of tropical storm Lee’s heavy rainfall forecasts. Total mileage for the trip was 633.

09/07/11 WV Weekend Day 1

Germantown MD to Petersburg WV
261 miles

When we left home the sky was cloudy with a 30% chance of rain in the forecast. After crossing White’s Ferry though we ran into some thunderstorms, and stopped in Leesburg for breakfast while the worst of the storm passed. The next challenge was fog/low-lying clouds in the mountains; very glad I wasn’t driving!

Once on the other side the temperature went up by 20°, sunny and a blue sky. We had reservations at the Fort Hill Motel; for $58 a night we had a nice room with queen bed, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, wireless internet, and a great view. Minutes from the downtown area of Petersburg and 22 miles from Seneca Rocks was an excellent location.

We had dinner at the Front Porch Restaurant which is across the street from Seneca Rocks. D checking out the bikes in the parking lot with the Rocks in the background:

Back at the motel D went into the pool for a bit and then we watched the sun set behind the mountains. Beautiful ending for a great day!