It’s time to revive this blog and start training — I’ll be riding in the East Coast Greenway’s annual weeklong fundraiser ride again come October, this time from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Raleigh, North Carolina.
So I rode two out of three days this Memorial Day weekend — the 40-miler was the “easy” way to Hopewell, while the 30-miler was the hillier way. So many cyclists wherever I looked! Sometimes it was a group decked out in lycra (oh, besides us), other times a family with a bike trailer for kids heading onto the towpath trail. There were even some (besides us, again) who’d ridden to catch our town’s Memorial Day parade.
So yes, May has been the month to start riding more than just to the train station and to work on the other end, plus the odd errand in town. One of my other notable rides was the 22-mile Four-Island Ride in New York with the East Coast Greenway.
But clearly I need to do more! This year’s ECG ride is being compressed into six days from seven because there wasn’t enough room for all of us in a small-town hotel. So this is what I’m facing:
Day 1: 68 miles from Fredericksburg to Richmond
Day 2: 31 miles from Richmond to Petersburg
Day 3: 80 miles from Petersburg to South Hill (hope it’s not too hilly!)
Day 4: 37 miles from South Hill west to Clarksville
Day 5: 59 miles from Clarksville to Durham (that’s the day we cross into North Carolina)
Day 6: 49 miles from Durham to Raleigh (I had no idea they were so far apart)