Having studied the anticipated weather for today, Bruce and I realized we had better finish by about 2 PM or we would most likely get very wet with afternoon thunderstorms expected.
Today was another splendid ride down the Shenandoah Valley on very quiet roads. The pictures today say it all as we passed so many idyllic areas of rolling hills, tall deciduous forests and running streams.
I really am impressed with the route Adventure Cycling picked because Bruce and I knew the interstate was always fairly close but the areas we passed haven’t changed in hundreds of years.
Bruce looked up a brewery in Troutville and agreed to meet his brother Bernie there to whisk us away to his home an hour away.
As we neared Troutville we eagerly anticipated that first well earned sip of a good Ale. ( Oh that’s right, Bruce is a Lager person.)
Anyhow, we turned the corner at just under 50 miles to find the Brewery CLOSED☹️
Bernie reported being about 11 minutes away as we sat there totally exposed watching the Cumulonimbus climbing higher, the sky darkening and the Thunder cracking!
HURRY BERNIE HURRY!
he and Dorothy came around the corner and pulled up ready to load us up.
We got loaded, piled into the car and pulled away just as the rain began to fall!
Timing is everything!
That is the second time we finished our day JUST IN TIME!
Bruce pulled out his handy iPhone and discovered there was, I KID YOU NOT!!, a Ballast Point Brewery 5 minutes away!
We had a beer and a great lunch and headed for Bernie’s Lake House on Smith Mountain Lake.
What a stunning home situated on a beautiful lakefront acre. It is really going to be hard to leave this!
After a quick shower, we all jumped in Bernie’s and Dorothy’s boat, ( no rain over here), and spent a great hour or so touring their portion of the lake. There are actually 500 miles of shoreline to this massive lake.
After returning to Paradise, we were treated to another beer and wonderful Irish Stew. Bruce and I both decided it was time to retire to our SUITES to rest for tomorrow’s long day.
Traveling with Bruce is a real treat, both
in company and accommodations.
I’m going to miss this!
See you tomorrow.
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