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  • Karen Deer and Mary Carlin en route to a cold one.
Beers I have Ridden: Vienna Lager The Ride – Devils Backbone Ride and Ramble Metric Century In my original take on this ride, I detailed how difficult it was for...
  • Mary Carlin and Barbara Butcher after completing the Devils Backbone ride.
Devils Backbone Road Metric Road Ride and Ramble   Let’s get something out of the way.  There are two climbs on this ride that suck. There. I feel better already. ...
  • Jackson River Scenic Trail Sign Near Covington, Va.
Rock formations along the Jackson River Scenic Trail Jackson River Trail Mile Markers The Jackson River Scenic Trail The Jackson River Scenic Trail is a bit of a surprise.  Not...
  • Heady-Topper is one of the world's best beers.
The Ride This is a clear case where the beer was waaaay better than the ride. That’s because on the ride, I crashed, was knocked unconscious, and left the scene in...
  • My best attempt to be chipper.
The Great Bike Crash   It had to happen eventually.  Now if I could just remember it. The saying goes it’s not a question of whether you’ll crash your bike,...
  • Rows of corn dominate the scenery in the Roll Over Cancer Ride.
The Ride – Roll Over Cancer 50-miler Any ride that starts and ends at a brewery is a good ride.  And Roll Over Cancer is one that makes you earn...
  • Riding among the homes along the strip at Holden Beach.
The Epiphany started with a window decal Mary and I stopped at a red light on Route 130 not far from Shallotte, NC.  The pickup truck in front of us...
  • Tap Takeover night at Wasena Tap Room
The Ride – Bandy Loop Before one earns the right to die by hops — one must do the requisite ride. In this case one of my favorite evening jaunts....
  • The beer is good and so is the art on the menu board at Chaos Brewing
After the World Hunger Ride The Hunger Ride more than generated an excuse for a cold beer.  The World Hunger Ride from Antioch Church of the Brethren predates the craft...
  • The beautiful scenery along the World Hunger Ride In Franklin Co., Va.
The World Hunger Ride 50-miler Sometime in the early or Mid-1990’s, I decided I wanted to try riding a century.  I had been mountain biking a lot and had recently...
  • The sign says, #Treasure your beer." a reference to the famous and still hidden Beale's Treasure in Bedford County.
Earning my beer: The trek up Thunder Ridge is sort of personal.  As I wrote in a previous blog, the 12-mile climb up the mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway...
  • We joined 400 other riders for the start of the Farm to Fork Fondo Shenandoah.
The Farm to Fork Fondo Shenandoah, a great ride through the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, with just the right amount of sustainability, fun and history. Add in an unusual evening...