I take “short” rides every week to recharge.
I take “long” rides every year to renew.
Strava can tell you most of what you need to know about my short rides.
But the long rides deserve some extended verse.
This story doesn’t start with a bike. And it probably won’t end with a bike. But I’m for sure going to take this as long as I can with a bike.
2003 – “Reconnect” – My second retreat, when I returned to the simple things. The theme song for this retreat: “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver. An amusing foreshadowing … a set of bikers that i was leapfrogging going down rt250.
2006 – “Respect” – Pre strava, pre ridewithgps, drew a route from Lake Sammamish to Lake Chelan and rode it.
2010 – “Reunite” – My first carless trip back East, flying into Roanoke, picking up a brand new bike, and pedaling off to a college reunion in Blacksburg. The theme song for this retreat: “Old Dirt Hill” by Dave Matthews Band.
Every ride after this gets the “Renew” title. These are my regular doses of long rides to renew and refresh.
2012 – VA to PA in 4 days
2014 – RIC to VT in 3 days
2016 – Spain Backroads 6 days & Half Summer Solstice & Winter Solstice
2017 – Portugal Backroads 6 days & Summer Solstice & Winter Solstice
2018 – Charlottesville to VT to Nags Head (including Summer Solstice) & Winter Solstice
2019 – NC to PA in 5 days & Summer Solstice & Shortened Winter Solstice
2020 – Seattle to Spokane & Summer Solstice & Last Winter Solstice