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Mother's Day Weekend
12th May 2015 Posted in: Blog , Community , Events Comments Off on Mother’s Day Weekend
Mother’s Day Weekend

Mother’s Day Weekend was sunny and warm here in Northern Virginia. I thought I’d share my weekend in a team post and I think Kim Goldman put it best when she said on Friday, “Today is one of those days I’m so happy I live in DC, it’s easy to take for granted until you see something like this”. She was right. We ride and train in a pretty amazing place. Sure the traffic is horrible and yes it can be insanely over-priced but to be a cyclist living around or in DC is special.

Friday was the 70th anniversary of VE Day – when the allies claimed victory in Europe. All sorts of celebrations were planned around town but none more exciting than the WWII War Plane flyover. Kim Goldman, Tim Abbott, Laura Timms and I camped out along the Tidal Basin by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. We soon had some fuzzy company.

After all, it was Mother’s Day weekend…

I was happy to be outside breathing fresh air – it was a long Winter for everyone but I was also dealing months of pain from a ruptured disc I had since November. My recent surgery appears to have fixed it and while I was on the bike less than a week after, I will not have any power for many months to come. However being outside with friends, feeling the sun on my skin made me smile from ear to ear. Having some extremely cute goslings nearby was fun, too.

This little, inquisitive one was a bit wet behind the ears

They would eat, nap then eat some more. Which is why it’s so important to pick up litter – one of these little guys was pecking at a water bottle top (which I snatched up before it did)

Lifetime Gripped Racer, Tim Abbott had been at the armed forces dinner the night before at the Air & Space Museum, listening to airmen talk about their experiences in WWII. It was amazing to hear some of them and made me even more proud of Tim and his service to our country and Gripped Racing. He’s a West Pointer through and through. Nice that he gets invited to such events so he can tell us all about them (the day before he was at the White House giving his Mother a tour with First Lady Michelle Obama).

Tim Abbott representing his team and country

New to the team but 2.5 years into motherhood, Laura Timms joined us with little Leah

There was a very informative guy announcing each plane as they approached, he made it even more entertaining:

Some of the first planes to arrive were Boeing Stearman PT-17 biplane trainers, in perfect formation

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Consolidated B-24 Liberator (think “Unbroken”) escorted by 3 North American P-51 Mustangs

Two formations of Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers

Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the bomber that ended the war; the only one ever to drop atomic bombs in combat

A hearty “Thank You” to all who have served our country.

While I would have normally been competing in the Poolesville Road Race, Saturday found me jumping into a mellow group ride around Loudoun County, Virginia with stops at 5 vineyards. We got a late start and missed the first one but we very much enjoyed the remaining 4.

Many of the roads were gravel but that was fine by me. Not sure if the ladies appreciated the lack of pavement…

Our first stop was one of the most picturesque, they had a pond and gorgeous views

A grim reminder to ride safely

Angela, Kim and I in a barn attached to one winery (the barn was more impressive than the tasting room)

My personal favorite, Creek’s Edge had amazing woodwork throughout

Did I mention they had gorgeous woodwork?

Dogs and even stinky cyclists in lycra were welcome

Like myself, my camera was getting a bit fuzzy-eyed so it was time to head back

To bookend this post with an overload of cuteness, here is a 1 week old baby donkey (whose name is Puck)

We hope you had a fantastic Mother’s Day weekend and as always, thanks for reading!
-Jason

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