Back in the Saddle

16 Jul

The weather has not been very cooperative here in the Northeast of late. Nice days, when it’s not raining on unbearably hot and humid, have been few and fare between. Even rarer are the days where nice weather and our freedom to squeeze a ride in coincide. Such is life, I guess.

This past weekend, I’d hoped to do surprise a weekend getaway. I even had a dog-sitter lined up. But then Hubby told me there was a work deadline looming, so he couldn’t afford to take the entire weekend or even a whole day. So we had to settle for a short ride.

The weather looked pretty good. But Thursday night into Friday, between 11 PM and about 6 AM, we got 6 to 7 inches of rain. I’m not exaggerating either.

By Saturday, the roads were dry enough. But there were washouts to consider, where gravel is pushed from the roadside — driveways especially — into the middle of the road.

A Minor Washout

A Minor Washout

Not a huge concern when traveling on four wheels, but a big deal for bikes. Straightaways aren’t so bad, as you can see it coming. But curvy roads with blind turns can become absolutely treacherous after a hard rain. It’s especially bad in the mountains. That’s why I decided to stick to the Piedmont. I planned a nice little 60-odd mile circuit on roads we hadn’t traveled, including a lunch stop at a place we’d never been. At least there were some elements of adventure involved.

I shared the map below in case you’d like to see our route.


View Kellys Ford Inn Lunch in a larger map

Our destination was to be The Inn at Kelly’s Ford. I’d never been, but I heard the food was good. And it looked to be a nice setting.

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Of course, getting there is half the fun. I even remember the GoPro.

Cloudy sky, but no rain in the forecast til later in the day.

Cloudy sky, but no rain in the forecast til later in the day.

 

Ruh Ro!

Ruh Ro!

 

Hubby goes to investigate.

Hubby goes to investigate.

It turned out to be a major washout. The asphalt had heaved up at least 6 inches. We elected to circumnavigate that particular patch of road.

After turning around, we were stopped by another hopeful motorist.

"Is the road passable at all?"

“Is the road passable at all?”

Um, nope. That road won’t be open for quite a while, I believe.

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She wasn’t happy having to go around. Detours in the country are rarely short.

As it turns out, we weren’t supposed to have been on that road anyway. And once we turned around, we were back on track.

We did encounter some high water, but it was passable.

Safe to cross. I could clearly see the road.

Safe to cross. I could clearly see the road.

Note to self… next time, go slower and lift your feet. (They only got a little damp.)

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The road less traveled?

 

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Nice to see blue sky peeking through.

 

Passable high water.

Lovely country, no?

Soon enough, we arrived at our lunch spot. The collage shared below is actually a huge image, so if you click on it, you’ll get a much better look.

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I hadn’t told Hubby about the place and he was worried we’d be under-dressed. But they have a lovely little pub on the lower-level in the back that I knew would be perfect for us.

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Pelham’s Pub

 

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Rules

 

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I was tickled to see clam strips on the menu. My huge mound of fries was delivered moments later.

 

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Hubby opted for chicken tenders.

They do have a nice menu, we were both just in a fried food mood.

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Interior Mural

 

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Hubby patiently awaits my return.

 

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Exterior mural viewed from pub.

 

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Gorgeous view from the patio.

Both the Inn and Kelly’s Ford have historical significance. Follow those links if you’d like to learn more.

After lunch, we had about an hour’s ride to get home.

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More lovely scenery.

This is just such a pretty area.

Since it was warm, I decided a cooling stop was in order.

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Local dessert heaven.

I opted for a huge Hawaiian Ice (snowball served in a cup). And Hubby chose the ice cream.

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Cold, sweet treats.

It was a cooling end to a lovely riding day.

5 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle

  1. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a biker but I really like these pictures! It feels like we’re traveling with you. That’s us sitting next to your hubby, waiting for you to return from the bathroom. 🙂

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