A Weekend Five Years in the Making

The Mechanic and I just celebrated our five year wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe we’ve been married that long, and yet it seems like we’ve always been together. Is that how marriage works?!

We haven’t done much to celebrate in the last few years since they’ve seemed a bit anti-climatic. I was in New York last year with a friend, if that is any indication of our attentiveness. But five years seemed like a big deal so we made some plans.

First up, we splurged on a fancy dinner at Elizabeth’s Gone Raw, a plant-based restaurant in Washington, DC. It’s been on my list for a while but due to it price and exclusivity (Friday and Saturday night seatings only, wine pairings an extra $60 per person), we hadn’t been. But it turned out to be the perfect anniversary dinner.

Violet Moon cocktail and an empty first course dish – as the dining excitement begins!

Although we passed on the wine pairing, we did order cocktails. My Violet Moon appeared more gray than violet, but the vodka, kombucha, creme de Violette, and Freixenet Blanc de Blanc combo could possibly be my most favorite cocktail ever. I had two – just to test the consistency, of course! I can’t even begin to describe the food, it was so amazing. So many wild and different flavors in one mouthful! The Mechanic and I, not being foodies, credited our years of vegan Green Chef meals with introducing us to the possibilities of flavorful, exotic, and adventurous dining – if it hadn’t, this meal might have been a great shock! I didn’t take pictures of all seven courses but I did take a few of the more picturesque ones.

One of seven delicious courses at Elizabeth’s Gone Raw

Also, I wore my new Vogue 9091  linen culottes and the Named Clothing Inari Tee Dress, which I cropped into a top. I love this combination so much!!! Expect to see me in it alot – and sorry for the bathroom photo….

We balanced the fancy experience at Elizabeth’s Gone Raw the following day with a road trip to Shepherdstown, WV, where we had gotten married five year previously. We rented a (ginormous) pick up, and The Mechanic managed to nicely arrange our bicycles in the back so we could take them with us. Once in Shepherdstown, we started with a casual lunch at our favorite place, the Blue Moon Cafe. The food is always good, with plenty of vegetarian options, but the highlight is the outdoor seating with a small stream rushing through it. We love this place so much that we made it part of our unofficial wedding reception (we had a lunchtime wedding and reception, so everyone who stayed joined us at the Blue Moon for dinner that evening). We continued our wedding anniversary tour with a stop at the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery, where we had ordered our wedding cake. We purchased a slice of cake that was almost identical to ours – this was almond cake (instead of the lemon we had five years ago), with a raspberry filling and buttercream frosting. Just as delicious as we remembered!

Biking has always been a large part of our memories of Shepherdstown – we first encountered the town when we signed up for the CASA River Ride seven years ago. We also used it as our starting point for a bike camping trip down the C & O Canal that same year. We’ve returned over and over, since it is a perfect day trip destination. Luckily the weather this year was dry enough for us to squeeze in another bike ride down the canal tow path. It was so lovely and just perfect, and we agreed we need to do more of *that* sort of biking – adventure travel biking, casual, gravel roads, nature, trees, etc.

Our last anniversary-related stop was at the Bavarian Inn, where our wedding had taken place. We were one of the first weddings held overlooking the infinity pool, and there had been some question as to whether or not it would be ready for us – but it was, and provided a lovely backdrop of just nature and the Potomac River. We visited a few times since then, but not for a few years, so we were completely surprised at the remodeling they had done when they added Bavarian Brothers Brewery to the site last year. Walls were changed, decor was modernized, fixtures were new, the bar was larger, and there was an entire new dining area where our reception patio space had been. Wow! It looks amazing! We had a flight and some fondue, then took home a growler – which I had to bike back to our rental truck, since we’d gone there on our bikes. What’s more bike-y than beer and cupcakes on a bike?!


Part of my wedding reminiscences included pulling out my wedding skirt, which I made from my wedding dress. It’s a bit too small for me now <ahem> but I would still love to have a reason to wear it somewhere. Someone, invite me to a garden party!

So many changes since 2014!

Who knows how many changes there will be in another five years!!! We have enough to keep ourselves busy until then, so check in with me in 2024!

First Anniversary Weekend in Shepherdstown

The Mechanic and I celebrated our first weeding anniversary on June 14th, and naturally went to our favorite spot out of town and wedding location, Shepherdstown, WV. It will probably be next year before we get to go back, the way our (mostly my) travel schedule for fall is shaping up, so we tried to do some new things as well as revisit some wedding things.

One of the things we decided to do was to stop at one of many Virginia wineries on the way to Shepherdstown. I discovered that the Breaux Winery was holding it’s 18th annual Cajun Festival and Crawfish Boil on the 13th, so we decided to stop. I’d never had crawfish before, but The Mechanic was eager to have them again. We were pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was! A live Zydeco band, wine tasting, souvenir wine glasses and beads, local vendors, food trucks, and arts-and-crafts kept us happily busy for a few hours.

Another thing we decided to do on our way was stop at the Appalachian Trail crossing and walk a bit on the Trail. The parking lot is in a fairly awkward blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sort of location on the side of a very busy road, but we managed to get into it and find one of the last parking spots. Fun to stop and see what it is like. Someday we’ll check out more of it, elsewhere, for more than 10 minutes.

Our “new” adventures continued in Shepherdstown. I’d long been interested in Elmwood Cemetery, but didn’t realize that below the Memorial to Confederate Soldiers, it had a separate area for Confederate soldiers. The town itself is quite old (chartered in 1762, which is old for the United States but young for Europe and infantile for other cultures), and some of the tombstones attest to it’s mid-18th century origins.

After so much new exploration, we returned to the tried and true, and visited some favorite spots, places that also now have wedding significance for us.

The Rumsey Monument - we had wedding photos taken here last year.

The Rumsey Monument – we had wedding photos taken here last year.

Dinner at Bistro 112, a lovely French restaurant where we also had our rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding.

Dinner at Bistro 112, a lovely French restaurant where we also had our rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding. (yes, we drank all the wine in that pitcher!)

The Bavarian Inn, where we got married

The Bavarian Inn, where we got married

Our ceremony overlooked the Bavarian Inn's Infinity Pool, so we had to make sure we visited that!

Our ceremony overlooked the Bavarian Inn’s Infinity Pool, so we had to make sure we visited that!

The Mechanic surprised me with a gift I’d really wanted, but forgotten I’d mentioned – a Bird Industries reflective bracelet! I love it! Could it be any more perfect? I think not.


On the way home on June 14th, we made two other wedding-related stops. I bought flowers from Megan Webber Flowers at the Shepherdstown Farmer’s Market. She did our flowers last year, and she has the most artistic eye when it comes to flower! I really wish I could sign up for her flowers CSA. Then we stopped into the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery to pick up our anniversary cake. I would have never thought of this, but when we were ordering/designing our cake last year, we were told that the bakery keeps your receipe on file so you can order a smaller version of it for your first anniversary. We hadn’t planned to keep the top layer (we planned to eat it all!), so this was a fun option. Plus we thought it was really tasty and wanted more! So cute, they even decorated it like our wedding cake! Anniversary Cake and FlowersMegan Webber FlowersI had planned to wear my wedding skirt in Shepherdstown on Sunday but realized too far out of town on Saturday that I had forgotten to grab it! Dammit! I had very carefully packed it in a garment bag, but then somehow ran out of the apartment without it. I was very disappointed, so I made sure I put it on when The Mechanic and I walked to our massages when we got home Sunday afternoon. A bit overdressed for a massage, but I wanted to make sure I wore it on our anniversary! It still isn’t hemmed, and now goodness knows when I’ll get around to doing that – someone needs to invite me to a garden party to force me to do it! And then I can dress it up a bit.

It was a pretty low-key anniversary, but one full of both old and new memories. I guess that is the way they should all be, right? Anniversary Cake


Reflective Pants and Shepherdstown

Shepherdstown, WV, is clearly turning into our (well at least my) favorite nearby getaway destination. It was only 2012 when The Mechanic and I first participated in the CASA River Ride, and then two years later, we got married at the Bavarian Inn. This past weekend we decided to go stay at the Bavarian Inn again, and just relax. Every trip to Shepherdstown since our engagement a year ago has been for wedding-related meetings and appointments – not a bad thing, just not casual, random fun. So it was nice to return and be random! IMG_2422

Conveniently, I had just finished my latest reflective fashion project – Butterick 6028 Katherine Tilton pants made out of snakeskin-print corduroy (my favorite fabric of all times!) with of course reflective bias trim in the seams. They were trickier than they should have been – I’m pretty sure the pattern instructions were wrong regarding the zipper fly and the facing. So the inside is not perfect, but whatever. They fit pretty well, despite the high waistline, which I am not used to, and are very comfortable. I wore them to get dinner Friday night, but they officially debuted on Saturday.

It is not quite full autumn colors, but there were enough, plus coupled with some cooler weather and rainy clouds, it felt like fall. So we were appreciative of the fire in the fireplace at Hillsborough Winery, where we stopped for wine tasting. This winery is on the road to Shepherdstown, and every time we have driven past, I have said, “We should stop in some day.” So this time we made a point of starting our trip there. The wines were different and good, but the scenery won the prize.

We watched a bit of the Shepherd University football game, where The Mechanic coined the phrase “artisanal football” – small, local, excellent, not found all over. Come on, you know it’s the next hipster thing! Then an excellent dinner at The Press Room, and a stroll around town in the dark (ooh spooky…), then going to bed early and sleeping late. Ah…. relaxing….

Sunday highlights were stopping at the farmer’s market so I could buy flowers from Megan Webber Flowers, who did our wedding flowers, and whose work I really truly love (She just has such an eye for flower arrangements!), as well as biking on the C&O Canal. We were a bit dismayed to find some construction along the trail around Mile 74, and really hope it is not going to be parking spaces. No cars! Keep it wild and wonderful, and free of too many people! I got a flat tire as we were headed back to Shepherdstown, but luckily I married a bike mechanic, who happily patched up the tire.

It was so nice to feel relaxed and peaceful and very zen, but after our dee-lish vegetarian sandwiches and a WV beer at Domestic, we sadly loaded up the bikes and dove back into the traffic to return to our normal lives. Time to face another week.

C & O Canal zen

C & O Canal zen

British Blog, Wedding Bells, and Elly Blue

It’s hard to keep up with a blog when so much stuff is going on all at the same time! So many things I wanted to share, but don’t have time to create their own post, so I’m cramming three great things into one!

First, I am very pleased that one of my product reviews was published on The Discerning Cyclist! I had read an interview with founders Ste Johnson and Peter Reynolds in Momentum Magazine, which ended with a call for more people reviewing stylish bike fashion. So I sent a link to my website and offered my services. The end result is a custom review of the REI Novara Whittier Bike Dress! Be sure to check out the rest of their website. Their goal, as is mine, is stylish clothes you can bike in. (I just happen to like mine to have hidden reflectivity as well). I’m very excited to share this with you, and hope that it is, in the cliched words of Humphrey Bogart, the beginning of a beautiful friendship! And now I have an excuse to buy more stylish garments that just happen to be bike-friendly or bike-specific. Huzzah!

The Mechanic and I got married this past weekend. Yep, that was a pretty big deal! It was a four-day event, starting when we biked to Gerald Williams, one of the County suggested “civil celebrants” and a celebrity in his own right . We didn’t want a stranger conducting the actual wedding, so we opted to have a civil ceremony before the wedding. Initially we thought we’d make it casual and just bike there, but as it turns out, we had 6 other family members with us to capture it the entire way.

Our wedding took place at the Bavarian Inn, in Shepherdstown, WV, and couldn’t have been more perfect. The weather turned out to be perfect, the reception room looked perfect, the wedding cake was perfect, I loved my dress, and although I cried on and off the entire day, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am now Mrs. The Mechanic.

And to round out a few weeks of fun, last night I got to chat briefly with Elly Blue, famous bike author of Taking the Lane, who was in Arlington for a Dinner and Bikes event. We didn’t chat very long, but since we’ve communicated via Twitter, I wanted to say hi; she was, after all, in my office. I’ve worked with many celebrities in my life (ask me about my Hugh Jackman story the next time you see me), but I feel like Elly is a real celebrity – she is out there making a difference for everyday people, getting them on bikes, and getting them to think about bikes in different ways. I wish I had time to read all the publications she had with her, but I’ll have to wait until I have more free time.

I’m really still basking in the afterglow of the wedding weekend, and now I’m beginning to pack for the honeymoon, so this could be the last blog post for a while. I will try to blog from Europe but I can’t promise anything. However, I can promise lots of bike-themed blog posts when I get back!  Elizabet3580347

I Become Mrs. Wheeler

Have you ever seen the 1950 Disney short starring Goofy as Mr. Walker/Mr. Wheeler? Goofy is mild-mannered, polite, conscientious Mr. Walker – until he gets in his car. Then he becomes angry, aggressive, rude Mr. Wheeler. It’s pretty hilarious how, in 1950, when mass, obsessive automobile ownership was in its infancy, even Disney knew how things were with people behind the wheel of a car.

Goofy as Mr. Wheeler (Image from TheWeeklyHubris.com)

Goofy as Mr. Wheeler (Image from TheWeeklyHubris.com)

Okay, maybe I wasn’t that bad, but a chance to drive to Shepherdstown, WV, in a rental car last weekend showed a side of me that only seems to come out in a car. The Mechanic was a bit surprised at the words coming out of my mouth, words I rarely ever use. In my defense, transitioning from a bicycle rider to a car driver is not an easy thing for me to do!

We went to Shepherdstown to do wedding planning stuff, and enjoyed perfect weather and the on-the-verge-of-peak-fall-colors countryside.

Overlooking the Potomac towards Maryland

Overlooking the Potomac towards Maryland

We enjoyed the farmers market, the Bavarian Inn, the Blue Moon Cafe, and the Sweet Shop Bakery, favorite haunts that are all being incorporated into our wedding. It was a lovely day.

Nevertheless, we still actually had to get there. I drove, and found myself reacting to things on the road as if I was on my bicycle. The first incident came when we were going up a hill, and the car in front of me started slowing down. “Don’t make me slow down going uphill!” I yelled. Any cyclist knows that if you have to slow down, or stop, going uphill, it’s not easy getting started again. And yet… I was in a car…. not a problem here.  Oops.

Proof that I can, and occasionally do, drive!

Proof that I can, and occasionally do, drive!

Another time was driving down the steep grade on 9 into West Virginia. Seeing the steep downhill, I automatically wanted to upshift onto the big ring… but that wasn’t really an option. It’s not as if I reached for the gear shifter, but my brain thought it sooner than I could physically react. I didn’t have a choice! Then there was the first time I went over the railroad tracks. What, do you slow down when you bike over railroad tracks?! Okay, maybe a bit, but no, I just kept going! The Mechanic just shook his head while I said, “Oops” again. I managed to slow down a bit for the next one I saw. I wasn’t exactly Mrs. Wheeler, the female Goofy, but I did have a few moments…

A Twitter conversation the next day proved that I am not alone in my inability to transition smoothly between vehicles. I can only assume that people who rarely ride bikes instinctively react like car drivers when they are out for their Sunday jaunts. And maybe this is one of the problems with shared use roadways and transportation habits. We all know how you get out of a habit when you don’t do something regularly, sort of the way I know I’m losing my German language skills since I’m not really practicing (vielleicht uebe ich mein Deutsch hier, beim Blogpost…).

Bike racks in front of bicycle-friendly Shepherd University

Bike racks in front of bicycle-friendly Shepherd University

If we can convince more people to spend more time getting around by bicycle on the weekends, will it make them better drivers? Possibly. It might make them more aware of bicycles on the roads around them, I think. So maybe our tactic should be focused more on encouraging everyone to bike those short 3-mile trips on weekends, rather than commuting to work. Maybe once they get used to bicycle behavior, it will lead to awareness as drivers, and eventually even bicycle commuters. No guarantee, of course, but I’d rather be on the road with a car driver who bicycles regularly on the weekends and knows to look out for me, than someone who hates cyclists and refuses to share the road. No one really wants to be a Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler, do they?

Being Zen in nature before getting back in the car

Being Zen in nature before getting back in the car

Biking, Just Not Far

The Mechanic and I spent a relaxing weekend in Shepherdstown, WV – biking, but not doing the half-century we had registered for. Between my respiratory infection, our recent exhausting schedules, and several hours of rain on Saturday morning when we would have been on our road bikes, we were glad we didn’t even try the 50 miles; we just weren’t ready. And we did some biking anyway, just not as far.

This was the first road trip with The Green Turtle, the cargo van The Mechanic bought in which to store his bikes. This is his answer to having to haul his heavy commuter bike up and down the stairs to our apartment. Not in love with the idea, but unable to offer a better alternative, I have to say, this trip convinced me that it’s not a bad idea. After all, it’s really easy to roll the bikes in and out of the back of the van.

Loading The Green Turtle

Loading The Green Turtle

And since the hotel was a mile from the cute historical downtown area, it was easy to pull the bikes out, and bike into town. There was a very wide bike lane on part of the main road near our hotel. The lane had a rumble strip, too.

Wide bike lane on main street heading out of town.

Wide bike lane on main street heading out of town.

So we biked into town both days, and from there we were also able to easily get to the C&O Canal.

First we biked to the general store.

First we biked to the general store.

Fancy yet kinda useless bike rack out front.

Fancy yet kinda useless bike rack out front.

What appeared to be the music room in the general store, complete with harp stain glass windows.

What appeared to be the music room in the general store, complete with harp stain glass windows.

Naturally we stopped  in at the local bike shop.

Naturally we stopped in at the local bike shop.

And ate at our favorite restaurant, the Blue Moon Cafe. I love the stream that runs through it (and most of the town)!

And ate at our favorite restaurant, the Blue Moon Cafe. I love the stream that runs through it (and most of the town)!

Parked in front of the local college.

Parked in front of the local college…

... next to this unusual ebike....

… next to this unusual ebike….

...and a pair of Cannondales that could be twins to our road bikes!

…and a pair of Cannondales that could be twins to our road bikes!

We made it to the C&O Canal!

We made it to the C&O Canal.

Explored the rocks along the trail, some with crazy creepy caves.

Explored the rocks along the trail, some with crazy creepy caves.

Inside the craziest, creepiest cave - I don't want to know what goes on here...

Inside the craziest, creepiest cave – I don’t want to know what goes on here…

Enjoyed some local sights...

Enjoyed some local sights…

Old cemetaries

…old cemeteries…

...had high tea in a cool tea room...

…had high tea in a cool tea room…

This old train station is now a dentist office!

This old train station is now a dentist office!

Enjoyed the farmer's market flora...

Enjoyed the farmer’s market flora…

...and headed home (but not to this home...)

…and headed home (but not to this home…)


Enjoying the peace and relaxation the C&O Canal had instilled upon us, we returned rejuvenated and ready to tackle the week. I hope you all had relaxing, peaceful, and refreshing weekends as well!IMG_5119


















I Survive Bike Camping

Not only did I survive bike camping, I had a blast! The weather was rainy and humid, but not hot, the towpath was lovely and empty of almost anyone else, the miles flew by, and we are still talking to each other.

First, a quick recap of our travels: We unloaded and packed the bikes Saturday evening in Shepherdstown, WV, then biked across the river to the C&O Canal Towpath, and up 2 miles to our first campsite. The next day we biked back into Shepherdstown the next morning to stop at the bakery and farmers’ market, then back again to the towpath. We camped at mile 30, then on Day 3 we made it all the way back to Arlington and home.

Shepherdstown is full of cyclists, and this is why – an official welcome!

At the beginning – Mile marker 75.

The campsites were nothing like I expected. I grew up camping in national and state parks in California, so the narrow spots along the side of the towpath were not what I envisioned as campsites. But each one had a porta-potty, a water pump with iodine-ized water, a picnic table, and a fire pit and/or grill. There was little privacy from the trail, but there were also few people.

Campsite Number 1

Campsite Number 2

Although it was great to have water pumps at each campsite along the way, I was less than thrilled with the water itself. Yes, showing my city girl roots! Sure, all the pump water was treated with iodine, but it also made our water look orange.

Not the easiest to use…

Our iodine-ized water

The porta-potties, well, the less said about those, the better.

The scenery was gorgeous. It drizzled most of Sunday afternoon, the first full day of biking, and I wore my fluorescent cycling jacket over my pink tee-shirt and skirt. It was really too hot to wear it, but I didn’t want to get that wet, so I suffered, but it beat the giant poncho! The rain drops on the river were pretty though, and I think it kept people off the trail.

It was hard to resist stopping at every lock and every scenic spot on the first day, so I have a ton of photos of locks and lock houses (which can be rented). We therefore didn’t get quite as far as we’d planned the first day.

Lock 37 – the locks are all in varying states of disrepair; while some have completely filled in, some still have the wooden lock doors.

A lock house at Lock 29

One of the rentable lock houses

There were some wildlife spottings, although not as many as I’d hoped.



I was very happy with what I had ended up packing, especially my shoes and skirt. The shoes are GoLite hiking shoes I just bought in Bar Harbor this summer but had yet to wear. The knobby hiking bumps worked great in my pedals, hooked right into them, almost like cleats. They are filthy now, considering all the mud and dirt we rode through, but that’s what they were for! The skirt I wore over my padded bike shorts on the first full day was the most comfortable thing I had. The cargo shorts I wore the second day, although handy with pockets, were too big and baggy and I wasn’t happy or as comfortable. Think it’s time for a new skirt!

Dirty legs!

Dirty bike! Even with fenders

The knobby tires on The Mechanic’s bike just packed the mud into the fenders. We had to stop several times to clean them out.

We hadn’t really had a chance to compare supplies, and it turns out that we could have taken more gear (mostly kitchen type stuff), and we ate most of our food. The towpath was a trash-free trail, so we had to pack our garbage out, which I hadn’t planned on. Luckily I always pack extra ziplock bags! The second night we had a lovely dinner, complete with wine, as it started raining.

Dinner our second night – in my Thomas Hammer t-shirt and with my vintage bicycle girl mug!

There was only one major problem, and it wasn’t even that major – due to construction around Great Falls, there was a detour – over the canal. A bridge, over the canal. There was a bike rail on the staircase, but it still was not easy to push the bikes up the stairs.

Detour at Great Falls

That detour set us back a bit time-wise, as did my decision to head home over Chain Bridge, instead of going all the way into Georgetown and crossing the Key Bridge into Rosslyn. I had no idea that Arlington was sooooo hilly around there – I ended up walking my bike most of the hills because my legs were so tired. It’s funny – the miles flew by on the trail, but once we hit the hills, I realized how spoiled we had been with a flat, ever-so-slight decline trail.

All in all, we learned some lessons (pack more food! Bring a small cutting mat! Nylon sleeping bags are gross in the humidity! Camping under the flight path to Dulles Airport is noisy!), but came out unscathed. I’m already making my list of supplies for the next trip, and trying to figure out where we can go that is as pretty and isolated. Maybe the rest of the towpath, all the way to the western end?

Mile 5! We made it!








Bike Camping – Should I Be Scared?

I ended up in an Aerosoles shoe store today, someplace I haven’t been in years, and was pleased to discover their luscious fall collection. Merrell needs to take lessons for their bike heels from these!

Aerosoles Sweet Escape – not only are these luscious, the gold piping reminds me of my lovely reflective dress.

Aerosoles Role-By – love the two tone design with the snakeskin. So office perfect!

Aerosoles Temahawk – A flat I can actually wear, with a mini wedge heel. At last!

But I should be getting ready for my first ever bike camping weekend – am I in denial that this is what I’m actually doing this weekend? Am I so worried about it that I’ve completely blocked it from my mind?! Or maybe I’m too clueless to realize that I should be more concerned? (Or maybe just obsessed with shoes…)

This weekend is The Mechanic’s birthday, and he wants to bike the C&O Canal. We are going to start in Shepherdstown, WV, about 75 miles away from DC. We did the CASA River Ride in that area this spring, and have been looking for a chance to go back, so this is it. A small group of us will meet at the Bavarian Inn for lunch, then stroll around town, have an early dinner, then the kind friend who is loading our bikes in his truck will drop us off on the Canal, and abandon leave us.

Shepherdstown, WV, in May

We’ll camp the first night, bike about 50 miles the next day, then camp again and bike the remaining miles. It’s an easy ride, but I haven’t been camping in a few decades, and I have no idea how I will do. Cooking on a camp stove, baby wipes for a shower, unknown noises in the middle of the night… This will be a true test of our relationship.


Now this could be fun! Or scary.

I have no idea what to take, and don’t want to take too much. At least we won’t be out in the total wilds, so we can swing into towns along the way, if we need to. And I guess I’ll be off the grid for a while – I still haven’t found the perfect battery operated phone charger (why does everyone assume that you’ll be charging your phone in a car or from a laptop?! I guess I need one of those fancy solar-powered chargers). I’m taking the real camera though, so I should get some great pictures. And I’m taking my super huge bicycle poncho, just in case Hurricane Isaac makes his way here this weekend…

Ha ha ha – yep, I’ll feel like a dork in this! But if it keeps the water off me, I’m not complaining.

Anyone have any last minute suggestions or advice? If not, wish me luck, and look forward to stories later!

Looking downstream from Shepherdstown