Thursday, August 4, 2011
Now I Am Here
Here would be Portsmouth, VA were I'm visiting family and friends and escaping the torturous Georgia heat. It actually stays below ninety degrees at 11AM! Beside its temperate climate, Tidewater also offers wondrous flatness for cyclists to enjoy. I noticed the other day that I could just ride and ride without encountering any hills which is pretty sweet for commuting. It's like a little piece of Denmark stateside. Happily, I don't seem to be alone in that opinion because I've seen several cyclists since I've been back. One had panniers on his bike (yes!). Unfortunately, it seems that trails are designed with recreational cyclists in mind. As I checked on the progress of trails in my part of the Commonwealth, I found that most of the projects in progress seem to be much farther inland.
There is a complete 5 mile trail in Jamestown which is a part of the Virginia Capital Trail which is also a part of the East Coast Greenway. Jamestown is in Tidewater (it used to be Tidewater), but it's not close to me. Maybe in another two years the Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail will be finished and I'll have something other than subdivisions and Chik-fil-a's to look at when I pedal through my old environs.
Too soon I'll be back in hilly, hot Georgia. I was sick my entire first week of vacation and, now, my second and final week home is flying by. I hope to get an actual cycling-related picture before I leave. Remind me to actually bring my camera with me next time I go for a ride.