Another 4th of July holiday has come and gone, and once again I didn't see fireworks one. I started out the weekend with a 6 mile paddle on Triadelphia Reservoir. Nothing exciting -though I did conk a few turtles on the noggin as I sped along. Then, Carole and I went out with Jim and Jacquie as first-nighters to see "Larry Crowne", about the only new movie opening - four unanimous "what were they thinking??" ratings - but but followed by a great dinner at Spice Xing in Rockville.
Saturday is when those Biker Chix began to inflitrate my 4th of July weekend. I managed to get all four of them (we calculated that they do not yet equal the same age or weight as eight 28 year-olds) (but it is getting close - on the age side, only - or they would never have fit in my car, any car really...) and 5 bikes onto my Subaru Outlook and we drove to the Washington and Old Dominion Rail Trail at Goose Creek. I took off and did a high speed 16 mile ride to Purcellville where I spent several dollars at a home-grown lemonade and granola stand run by a 10 year-old Opie look alike. I turned around and started biking back and met the Biker Chix a few miles outside of Purcellville where I urged them to support the pint-sized entrepreneur while I continued back to the car, completing a nice 33 mile ride. I then drove back to Clark's Gap and parked to wait for the Biker Chix to finish their 21 mile ride. While I waited, I ate about a gallon of wild red raspberries from the bushes on the side of the road.
Monday I managed to escape the Biker Chix, and Carl and I did a manly bike ride on the North Central Rail Trail, from White Hall up to New Freedom PA. This section of the trail is mostly a 2-3 percent grade uphill until New Freedom but the reward is a nice downhill ride for most of the 14 miles on the way back.
The North Central Rail Trail is one of the best in the country. Like most rail trails, when it was proposed neighboring landowners fought it, picturing bikers stealing their VCRs and littering their yards with PowerBar rappers and peeing in the bushes. However, once rail trails get built, inevitably homeowners spruce up their landscaping, local businesses see revenues increase and the attractiveness of a nearby amenity like a bicycling trail causes real estate prices to rise.
The respite from Chix-dom was brief, as the Biker Chix forced Hunter Dan (Andie's husband) to kill, butcher and char tons of meat for a 4th of July barbecue, augmented with many fine side dishes and desserts baked up by the Chix who continue to prove that not only can they send their husbands to the grocery store, but when he comes home the Chix can use up all his Giant Shell gas discount points and make pretty tasty desserts.
But, that wasn't enough for the Biker Chix, noooo. On the final day of the extended celebration of when we declared independence from the British, they dragooned me into taking them out on the boat up the Chesapeake Bay to the Magothy River and Dobbins Island. We anchored there and as you can see, Andie proceeded to flex her calves in an attempt to lure young Zumba instructors over, while Sue called to get into the next Zumba class lead by the hot 28 year-old guy, Christine poured Watermelon juice on her white shorts to show what the hot Zumba instructor looked like when he sweated through his tight Zumba shorts and Carole demonstrated how he did rapid pelvic thrust Zumba maneuvers in his soaking wet, tight, white Zumba Shorts.
Sometimes (often, actually) I find it wise to distract myself from the estrogen-laden world of the Biker Chix, so I focused on nearby Little Island where years ago some guy caused a huge controversy by building a big house, with it's own faux lighthouse, without getting the proper permissions. Being rich enough to build such a house apparently means being rich enough to fight the powers that be - the house is still there.
While we sat anchored and the Chix dangled their legs from the boat's swim platform into the warm waters of Sillery Bay, a small plane made continuous counter-clockwise circles. We didn't put two and two together (luckily) until the way out when I noticed two official looking boats anchored at the center of the river and remembered someone had drowned there the day before - sure enough, they were still looking for his body. Luckily we did not have to play amateur "Quincy" medical examiners...
You can see a map of the Biker Chix's boat ride here.