Lazy August Update: Century of the Spiral Staircase

There’s something about August. It’s still summer, but June and July’s high energy wanes as Labor Day approaches. A year ago most of us were at PBP. This year the big brevets and randonnees are behind us (save for the Last Chance 1200K in Boulder) and relaxed fall riding awaits.

MG and I were off the tandem this month until last weekend, due to family travel and other commitments. On Sunday, we rode “The Century of the Spiral Staircase,” by John Fauerby and Lynne Rosenbusch, a Crista Borras favorite. This is a hilly ride from from Hyattstown, Md. to Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry, W.V. and back through the Catoctins. See our Flickr set and the Slideshow.

Westward over the Potomac at Harpers Ferry
Eastward over the Potomac at Harpers Ferry

The weather was perfect and made up for our tired legs — more on that in a minute. As we made our way to Shepherdstown, W.V., we flatted twice and after lunch at the charming Blue Moon Cafe, took the opportunity to check in with buddy Ed who runs the The Pedal and Paddle shop. He sold us a new tube and threw in a Clif bar. Thanks Ed!

Ed and Felkerino at the Pedal and Paddle
Ed and Felkerino at the Pedal and Paddle

We got over to Harpers Ferry hoping to visit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters, but found it closed for the day. MG had hiked the AT in the Michaux State Forest northwest of Gettysburg the previous day, and we’re going to spend some time on the AT this fall. It’s a national treasure and right on our doorstep.

At the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters
At the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters

All that hiking, and a checkout ride by me in the Michaux of the upcoming Iron Cross VI cyclocross race while she hiked, gave us some tired legs and we rode slowly on Sunday. (I’ll post about the Iron Cross ride and my new Lemond Poprad bike tomorrow.) We got through Harpers Ferry late in the afternoon, too late to see our bud Maile Neel, who was riding the C&O Canal Towpath. She posted a Flickr photoset, or see the Slideshow. Looks like Maile had a nice ride too!

Finally, we had to pull over for some very attractive peaches, before riding hard to get back to the car by dusk. They were very tasty! The region’s delicious apples and peaches are one of the best parts of fall.

Delicious fall peaches
Delicious fall peaches

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