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Readytoride

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Western Loudoun really is beautiful thanks to the historic, deeply entrenched, and deeply rural conservation ideals of the multiple area foxhunts. And the gravel roads are second to none. We've lived in Unison for 32 years, and all that time I've ridden my horses, and driven my pair, on the very peaceful gravel roads. (Pic below is me driving my Welsh pair with a neighbor on the back of the carriage - photo made the back cover of the Loudoun magazine years ago). Right now I'm on the front cover of The Piemont Virginian magazine with one half of my pair heading down a gravel road, the photo taken last year by a photographer who also organized a gravel road bike ride out in our area this September (The Tour de Conservation Easement in Upperville) to help preserve the roads. The cyclists in the event also got a ride-through tour of this same private estate "Ayrshire" for a first time ever.) Nice that I now have a bike I can ride on the gravel roads as well as the ponies. 😁

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And yes, Rappahannock County is gorgeous countryside as well. Will have to look up the RC artist tour! Sounds like a fun outing that we'd love to do, too.
 
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Readytoride

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@PDXzap - That's my "off side" [right side of the pole] half of my Welsh pony pair, Benlea Liberty. A true sweetheart of a mare [now 19], an absolute doll who knows her job to perfection. I've had her ever since she was a weanling. And her brother as well who is the "near side" (left) of the pair.

The funny thing is...I didn't want to do the photo shoot. Said no, ponies aren't shod, haven't been driven in a while, not clipped so look shaggy, blah blah blah, but the photographer and hubby were really keen to do it and basically begged me. Promised the shoot would be really quick, it would be great, yadda yadda. They finally wore me down and I said OK, but it will be a single, not a pair, and didn't want to go far on the road. They said OK and were thrilled.

Got dressed up, selected a hat (I have a LARGE collection of driving hats), put boots on my mare and drove her 4 miles on the gravel roads straight from our farm while the photographer leapfrogged in front of me, setting up shots. He sent me the best of the proofs later...and they are stunning. Truly gorgeous shots. (He was a White House photographer during the Clinten and Obama years) Super nice guy and an avid cyclist.

So these photos (which were taken in the fall of 2018) are now with API as some of their stock photos.

And this is my third magazine cover in 40 years, all of which were driving photos. So funny. Now I need a cycling cover before I'm too decrepit to turn the pedals!!:eek::p

Oh, and PS - the carriage is a single pony wagonette trap, circa 1890. Drivers seat faces forward, two seats in the back facing one another, and a back door and step to get in. Body and wheels are original. Repainted and re-pinstriped about 15 or so years ago. About the time this carriage was made (in New York), the safety bicycle had been introduced to the American public. I'll bet even money that this carriage had been passed on the road by the new fangled safety bicycle back in the distant past when our grandparents were just little kids. And that little carriage is still roadworthy today 130 years later. It just requires a new "1 horsepower motor" from time to time to stay in use.
 
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Readytoride

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Today's ride - 18 miles on the Mt. Vernon trail along the Potomac River in Washington DC. From Theodore Roosevelt island to Alexandria and back. Beautiful day, and great scenery from the trail of the capital buildings and bridges . Below is the Washington Monument with a tour boat passing on the river.

As of the first of September the trail (governed by the National Park Service) was opened to ebikes. Hooray!!

Still had 54 miles on the battery at the end since cruising along this trail is fairly flat. Hubby had enjoyed a walk around Theodore Roosevelt island while I was biking, then relaxed at the riverside and read. We walked the TR Island trail together after my ride so I could enjoy the island as well. A relaxing, fun day for the both of us.

Thanks to @Dewey and @christob for recommending this trail as a nice place to ride.
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PaD

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Haven’t been riding for over three weeks I think, just a couple of trips to the office last week.
Today was grey and cold but not raining but really I wanted to get out. Rode to a bike shop to look for some e-bikes with internal gearing and also a coaster brake. For a friend.
Then rode to the office to get some prints. My office is at the appendix bottom left on the route map. It started to rain but it was only a very light drizzle so I countinued through towb out to the park area Djurgården.
Stopped ar Rosendal where they grow and sell plants and flowers etc. They also have a nice café in old green houses. Had a coffee and a cinnamon roll.
Cheched out a new bridge for pedestrians (and cyclist?) and the followed the canal to the last bridge and then returned home.
Rode 28km. It was 6°C when I started at 14.00 and 4-5°C (40°F) when I returned but still a pleasant afternoon.

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Readytoride

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Today was cloudy and dismal and drippy so decided to do the ebike-with-trailer ride day to do road cleanup. Not a long ride because of the weather, mostly stop and start for about 6 miles of gravel roads. Used my old hub conversion ebike with the throttle. I have it set up to pull the converted baby trailer with a frame for the litter bags.

Was only 1/2 mile from home when I heard the furious galloping of hooves on the gravel road behind me - one of the whips from our local foxhunt came flying down the road and pulled up to a halt next to me to flank the foxhound pack which was running hard and singing furiously in the woods across the way. His horse gave my bike and trailer the stink eye, then ignored me as the pack's song swelled in our direction. It was glorious music, so the whip and I stood listening to the magnificent rise and fall of hound voices until about 10 minutes later it finally faded to one or two forlorn yips and boo-hoos with the loss of the scent. (We have very smart foxes who know their territory like the back of their paw, can run a smart circle around the countryside then drop the pack with aplomb) . Got this shot of the whip just before he said goodbye to me and disappeared into the underbrush to meet up with the gathered pack and the huntsman.

I went on my merry way as the intermittent drizzle continued to fall, picking up litter along the way, and stopping to talk to neighbors. It was fun to get the old ebike back out again, and get the roads cleaned at the same time. It was pretty, too, with the trees finally starting to change.
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Jaxx

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Today was cloudy and dismal and drippy so decided to do the ebike-with-trailer ride day to do road cleanup. Not a long ride because of the weather, mostly stop and start for about 6 miles of gravel roads. Used my old hub conversion ebike with the throttle. I have it set up to pull the converted baby trailer with a frame for the litter bags.

Was only 1/2 mile from home when I heard the furious galloping of hooves on the gravel road behind me - one of the whips from our local foxhunt came flying down the road and pulled up to a halt next to me to flank the foxhound pack which was running hard and singing furiously in the woods across the way. His horse gave my bike and trailer the stink eye, then ignored me as the pack's song swelled in our direction. It was glorious music, so the whip and I stood listening to the magnificent rise and fall of hound voices until about 10 minutes later it finally faded to one or two forlorn yips and boo-hoos with the loss of the scent. (We have very smart foxes who know their territory like the back of their paw, can run a smart circle around the countryside then drop the pack with aplomb) . Got this shot of the whip just before he said goodbye to me and disappeared into the underbrush to meet up with the gathered pack and the huntsman.

I went on my merry way as the intermittent drizzle continued to fall, picking up litter along the way, and stopping to talk to neighbors. It was fun to get the old ebike back out again, and get the roads cleaned at the same time. It was pretty, too, with the trees finally starting to change.
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Could so easily be a Sunday morning scene, here in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Except fox hunting is now illegal, hounds get taken out on a scent hunt trail. But the visual scene and aura to a meet remains unchanging.
 
Back from a tour of Holland and Northern Germany , superb cycling infrastructure in place , + lots of space for bikes on their rail trains .
 

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