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blaster11 03-24-2012 06:12 AM

Ferries! Northern Neck VA
 
I've done this ride annually for a few years now. The allure to it is a quiet ride through the country, 2 ferry rides and some good eats. Always a good start to long lull of winter. The 2012 excursion was no different. The route is about 270+/- miles, all tarmac.
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GPX file for downloading here

The ride is year was also completed as part of the "Dirty Dozen" GS Riders through Rawhyde Adventures and Bob's BMW.

We rendezvous at WaWa, despite expecting only 4 bikes--had an impromptu meeting with two other SMIB:

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Scotty and Walt were off to go camping--
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Meet the riders:
Bruce
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Eric
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Marty (who is mostly a ghost, and I didn't get a good photo of him all day..) He's in the very back, beige.
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Dana
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We departed at top of the hour as planned, as all the expected riders were accounted for. Most unfortunate that Erik planned a "hookey" day from work and would be a few mins later...no fear, he caught us at the next stop 1 hr later..
Erik
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The one-out, one-in policy was in effect. Just about the time Eric needed to break off and head south, Lance had found us in Tappahanock...

The route had us going right by George Washington's Birthplace. It was worth a victory gallop around the traffic circle. If you ever have a few hours, it's worth the visit.
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Lots of roads next to water:

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And farm fields:
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And a few quaint towns..
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Ferry Photos:
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Guy wire
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Lunch was at the usual haunt in Kilmarnonck. While the menu was the same, the name had changed:
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We sat outside on the porch. It was lovely. Even had a sun umbrella. Lunch was good, albeit, one mason glass didn't make it.. Ever seen a glass jar used as a hammer? Neither had we...

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All in all, a good ride had by all. Thanks for joining!

lakota 03-24-2012 09:16 AM

for me 325 miles of fun

lakota 03-25-2012 01:47 PM

Blaster omitted the food porn so here is one of the desserts
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xuare 06-07-2012 04:09 PM

The first part from KG to Tappahanock can be a little more scenic if you bypass 3 and use local roads to the south. There is one gravelly stretch IIRC. I have a mapsource file somewhere if you want it.

Of course, there are some powerline trails along that strech for the more daring. I haven't fully proofed those paths yet...

blaster11 06-08-2012 03:28 PM

This ride is generally about an easy day through the countryside with a couple of ferry rides, hanging out with friends, and some good chow. I will most likely do this ride again this fall if interested.


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