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

03/19/11 Great Falls


Great Falls VA
70 miles

It was 75° at 6:30pm yesterday with an absolutely gorgeous sky. We did the highway to Great Falls for dinner at The Old Brouge. Took the long way home thru Leesburg crossing back into Maryland at White’s Ferry. I’m in shorts and a t-shirt as I write this at 12:45am…current temperature is 67°, I would love to have this weather year round!

And the dark road to White’s Ferry on the VA side:

02/06/11 Leesburg


Leesburg VA
~80 miles

Sunday’s forecast was a high in the mid-40s so we decided to do a short ride. This is not jump on the bike and go weather. Tank top, sweatshirt, ski jacket liner, riding jacket, thermal pants, jeans, riding pants, socks, boots, gloves & liners, hand warmers, ipod, sunglasses, camera, helmet…walking out of the house I felt like I was wearing one of those inflatable sumo wrestler suits!

Crossing into VA at White’s Ferry was pretty with snow on both sides of the river. We went to the lunch buffet at Aiyara Thai Restaurant; a bit small but the food was good. I hadn’t been on the bike in over a month so it was nice to get out.

01/01/11 New Year’s Day ride


Leesburg VA/Great Falls VA
~90 miles

Last year we did a short ride on New Year’s Day and decided to make it a tradition. This January 1 the temperature was in the mid-50°s so we were able to be out longer. Crossed White’s Ferry, had lunch in Leesburg, and then went to Great Falls. Nice way to start the new year!