Not So Great Stuff

You know, I do have days when things don’t always go swimmingly for me. More often than you’d think. I just don’t share that stuff here. Who wants to read about things that sorta suck?

Like this video clip, which I extracted from a longer video taken while riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It would have been a nice video if this unfortunate event hadn’t occurred. Actually, it made me giggle. Good thing it wasn’t the only video of the day, though.

And today. We’ve got Friday off in observance of the July 4 holiday, so Hubby and I decided to go out for lunch and, on the way, ride the two southern sections of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. I had never been on the southernmost part between US-33 and US-250. Now, I have. 🙂

Yes, we took the long way to get to the restaurant.

It was mostly sunny and in the mid-70s when we left home. But the mountains were shrouded in fog. I could see that as soon as we got a mile or so west of town, but figured it might be interesting in the fog.

It was interesting. And cool. Temps were in the low-60s on Skyline Drive. At least once, the temp dropped below 60. After a while, it actually started feeling downright chilly. The road wasn’t fogged in, so visibility was fine. There were few if any scenic mountain vistas to see, though. And my hands got cold enough that I used my heated grips a couple of times to knock the chill off. It worked, too.

Nevertheless, we made it. Here’s a not-so-great picture as proof.



Looking North
Looking North

It even rained a bit. Or, the fog grew so dense in places that it felt like rain.

Here’s a better pic of the two of us.

Me and Hubby (Mike)

Then there’s this pic, where it looks like my head has been shrunken.

ToadMama with Shrunken Head
ToadMama with Shrunken Head

What’s up with that? Is my head really a size or two too small for my body? Or, wait, perhaps my body has grown too large for my head. Yikes.

Barbecue Exchange
Lunch at The Barbecue Exchange in Gordonsville, Virginia

We did have a good lunch. Hubby got a pulled pork sandwich with a lukewarm side of fries. It was delicious. (Yes, I got a small taste.)

I had a chopped brisket sandwich, which was okay, with a side of hush puppies (essentially deep-fried cornbread balls). We shared an order of fried pickles, too. I usually prefer fried pickle chips over spears, but the spears we had today were really good.

We had to hightail it home from the restaurant as it looked like we were about to get rained on for real.

All in all, even if it wasn’t perfect, it was a good day. And there are two more days left in the weekend. I wonder what we’ll get up to tomorrow…

I hope you’re up to something fun this weekend.

10 Replies to “Not So Great Stuff”

  1. Ewwww was that a giant bee? Looks like it was a good ride despite the “sqoosh” sound. i tried deep fried pickles for the first time, they were delicious!

  2. As the saying goes, life can’t all be rainbows and sausages, lol. You can share it all with us, misery loves company.

    That bug was huge. Those are the ones you have to wipe off right away or they just smear. Was it a huge bee?

    Your ride of the day sounds fun even with chilly temperatures. We were on the mountain bikes at the coast yesterday trying to escape our heat. It worked, I actually got cold, lol.

    I don’t think your head shrunk, I think all our bodies look big with all that gear on.

    1. The bug (yes, it was a bee) looked much bigger than it actually was because it hit the GoPro lens, which is only 1/2″ wide, if that. 🙂

      But that’s sorta what it looks like when a big bug hits the facesheild right in front of my eyes. I always carry a bottle of water and microfiber cloths for times like that.

      Didn’t it feel good being cold? I was loving it yesterday. Today, the gross humidity has returned.

      I’ll stick with your looking big because of the gear theory.

  3. I need to clean off the camera lens more often. Many times when reviewing the video I find out that its worthless due to stuff on the lens (bugs, water, mud, dirt, etc.).

    Another fan of deep fried pickles here. Chips or spears, I’m fine with either.

  4. Lol, I loved the bug splat! Just like on your face shield. And how lovely to be cool during this heat! We actually enjoy mountains in the clouds and mist. We are contemplating a ride today, or a hike, or both maybe! And your head is fine… 😉

    Now I’m hungry!

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