Saturday Spin, 9 July, 2011

My usual pleasant starting spot, Dover Church, Manakin, VA – isn’t this lovely?

Days like today are made for bike riding.

Gorgeous day to get out for a ride. Just beautiful. What a treat!

If you want to see the route, click the link below. It’s a beautiful ride. The traffic is a little sketchy for the 3 mile westbound stretch on Rte. 6 but it’s generally pleasant. The route also has a hill or two I could do without, but nothing terrible. The hills are a built-in excuse for a slow ride. As if I need one.

On this route there’s about a 5 mile stretch running generally south –> north on Cardwell Road (SR 670) from Rt. 6 (Patterson Ave.) to Rt. 250 (Broad St.). If the wind is behind you (from the south), you can really fly. If it’s in front of  you, like today, not so much. I wear a Bell “Array” helmet. In the winter, if I hold my head just right, the wind blowing across the cooling slots plays a very distinct “Edelweiss“. In summer,  like now, the prevailing wind is from a different angle, and the tune is an equally distinct “Battle Hymn of the Republic“. Does the wind play a tune in your helmet? Maybe you have to be really slow like me. Fortunately I am easily entertained. I spend a lot of time on the bike and I always look for entertaining distractions.

Saturday Spin, 9 July, 2011 by newfaze at Garmin Connect – Details.

Have a great day,


About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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2 Responses to Saturday Spin, 9 July, 2011

  1. Evelyn says:

    Edelweiss!? Really? As always, thanks for sharing another singular experience.

    • Edelweiss – seriously – I mean, who knew? Who would have even thought wind blowing across a bicycle helmet would make a tune? Or, stranger still, that the tune would be from a musical that came out before I was even born? But there it is. I also learned, after telling my friend Andrew about this, that “The Sound of Music” was his late father’s favorite play – and I never met the man! Yet another item for the “you can’t make this stuff up” file.

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