Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Labor Day Ride

Labor Day Ride

My wife and 2 friends decided to take our bikes for a ride on Labor Day 2007. We planned to ride to Yorktown, across to Jamestown, and then back to home. Wanting to get a quick start, we headed to Fredericksburg, VA via I-95. The Interstate is not something we relish, but we were wanting to make time.

Getting off at Rte 17 heading south we stopped for breakfast in the old town of Tappahannock at Lowery's Seafood Restaurant. We continued south across the York River Bridge to Redline Motorsports so I could test ride one of the new Ducati Sport Classics (a topic for a subsequent posting). Having got that out of my system, we went north on Rte 17 to the Colonial Parkway heading for Jamestown. The Colonial Parkway is a pleasant, low-stress road for bikes. The scenery is nice and the pace just right.

At the end of the Parkway, we took the Jamestown Ferry across the James River to Surry. We continued north to Hopewell where we crossed the James River again heading back towards home.

Having traveled 358 miles averaging a speed of about 37-mph, we arrived home nearly 12 hours later. The weather was beautiful all day and we agreed this was one of the better Labor Days we could remember.

Here's our route:

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