View Full Version : "Non Essential" Rides

10-03-2013, 06:56 AM
This has gone long enough. It's time to ride.

Anyone interested in taking some rides together? Doing the CCT (the Virginia CCT)? Riding out to lunch somewhere? Digging up a PP cue sheet? Perhaps Friday after coffee?


10-03-2013, 05:46 PM
"Non essential" hikes work too. Am thinking about heading out with the puppies to Balls Bluff (http://www.nvrpa.org/park/ball_s_bluff/)for a hike if anyone might be interested. With warm weather, looking for a river hike that is not on NPS land.

10-04-2013, 06:19 AM
Count me in, starting next week. I've been riding the closed part of Beach Drive - only good thing I can find about this political theater-induced vacation, besides the fact my garden hasn't looked this tidy in quite a while, and my dog is getting more exercise.

10-04-2013, 08:19 AM
I'm definitely interested if we are still furloughed next week. Right now I'm in apartment repair hell: the A/C unit developed a clog and flooded the dining room wall to wall carpeting. So much fun.

10-05-2013, 12:22 PM
I was seriously gonna suggest a ride at the beach.... but it looks like we will have a storm blow through on Monday. But it looks, for now, that the storm will blow through starting in the afternoon. We could get a non-essential ride in during the morning. I will try to ponder some possibilities (group coffeeneuring ride? CCT-VA Springfield to Vienna? Go ride the GAP Trail rain-be-damned?)

10-08-2013, 07:42 AM
I am thinking about a ride for Thursday

But also on Sunday this PP Ride looks most excellent. See if I can drag the kid:

CC(F) * 32 * VA * 10:30 AM * Between The Rivers * Margaret M. Pierce ES (MPS) (http://www.potomacpedalers.org/events/event_details.asp?id=355775&group=)

The largest cavalry battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Brandy Station, occurred on June 9, 1863 and involved nearly 17,000 horsemen under Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and Union Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton. Amid rumors of a possible major Confederate offensive, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker (famous for "Hooker's Girls” and you know the rest of the story), commander of the Union Army of the Potomac, assigned a reconnaissance-in-force to Pleasonton's 11,000 man cavalry.

Though the Confederates could claim the victory, the Battle of Brandy Station, remarked one Confederate, "made the Federal cavalry.” Along with this new-found confidence, Union horsemen discovered the position of the Army of Northern Virginia. The Confederates were slipping west, to the Shenandoah Valley on Lee's last great offensive, which would end a month later at Gettysburg. Lee's strategy that fateful day in July included a flanking maneuver by JEB Stuart, but he had his hands full with the newly formed Union cavalry and one Captain Custer who distinguished himself at the Battle of Kelly's Ford.

You're going to like this ride and six miles before the end we stop for lunch at the Inn at Kelly's Ford. The Pelham's Pub (Maj. John Pelham commander of Stuart's horse artillery – Stuart wrote Pelham’s mother, "I loved him as a brother; he was so noble, so chivalrous, so pure of heart, so beloved.”) downstairs invites us with outdoor seating and a grand vista of an equestrian meadow. If you’re not happy at Kelly’s Ford, we’ll check you for a pulse.

"Now, of my fourscore years and ten, sixty will not come again, And take from ninety springs three score, It only leaves me thirty more.”

10-08-2013, 09:57 AM
I am thinking about a ride for Thursday

So you don't think the government will be open by Thursday?