Sunday, October 4, 2009
Hanging Out Over The James
We took a shortcut early this morning by way of the train into Richmond. Mainly due to route uncertainties, Aaron's knee pain which necessitated a trip to a bike shop for a fitting and the length of days back to back that would have to have been covered to get to the show on time. I won't say it was all easy though as we left the house at 5:30 to get to Union station in DC for a 7:30 train. The streets were nearly empty and the sky was dark, the air had a slight chill to it which made the ride even more enjoyable as it helped to wake us up from an evening spent having a bit too many libations and perhaps eating like it was the last meal(s) we would see for days.
The train ride was smooth and while there was a part missing from my bike it was only a rubber cover to my shifter and all of the bikes were re-assembled and functioning quickly. Once we arrived in Richmond at the house, we unloaded the gear, toppled a Jenga wall and headed out for some coffee and food at a local cafe. Our oversize balloon stomachs re-inflated Jon and I took a walk down to the river to visit Belle Island and do some exploring in the rock walls and tidal pools which make up the island. Belle Island served as a prison and a power station for many years, but is now vacant of residents and open to all who wish to enjoy some woods and adventure during the daylight hours. There are still ruins of the hydro electric station which used to power Richmond's streetcars, although they are quickly being taken over and becoming part of the foliage. Definitely a place worth visiting and it is made easy by a very convenient foot bridge under the highway. Back to the house for the show and off to Surry, VA tomorrow. I am looking forward to the long ride and relaxing by the bay in the State Park tomorrow. Thanks for reading and I'll see you in Norfolk.
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