Weather: Mid 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Low humidity.
Today was a low stress riding day. Everyone opted for the shorter out & back option and kept the mileage to just over 30. It wasn’t flat. Nothing in this part of Virginia is really flat. But, per usual, it was beautiful. First thing this morning, we had a stunning view of the Blue Ridge with clouds tinted pink from the rising sun. It wasn’t captured on camera, we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. Hopefully Mother Nature will provide another vista of similar beauty.
We headed out on the same route that we returned on yesterday. Seems to be a bit of a pattern here? To be fair, riding a road in the opposite direction gives you a completely different perspective. We recognized a couple of buildings and other major features but flip-flop the ups & downs and it’s a completely different ride. We did joke about certain sections seeming much faster yesterday. In case you're wondering, those would be the sections that we rode down yesterday and rode up today. Not much of a joke but when working hard up a hill, one’s sense of humor can become a little goofy.
Our farthest point was Goshen Pass. We are in or near mountains. For most of us, calling something a “pass” brings up images of ways up & over mountains. We were expecting steep or lengthy climbs and significantly higher elevations. Our SAG stop wasn’t near a land feature that resembled either of those two descriptions. We did have a lovely view of some small(er) mountains and the Maury River. So I did a little research (thank you Google). It turns out that in this case, the “pass” is a water gap or gorge. The Goshen Gap is a gorge in the Little North Mountain formed by the Maury River. A gradual climb led to some food at the SAG stop and a very nice photo op.
From SAG, we turned around and headed back to town. After a group lunch at Salerno’s, the troops were left on their own to entertain themselves for the rest of the afternoon & forage for supper. We meet again in the morning to leave Lexington and ride northeast to Waynesboro for our last night together.