That morning, we decided Hubby should plan a route.
"Which way do you want to go?" he asked me.
"Any direction but east," I said.
He laughed as he observed that West seems to be a reoccurring theme with us. Of course, that's where the mountains are.
Hubby decided to be different and do a Piedmont tour.
Here's a screen shot of the map for you. We did it in a clockwise direction. He said he basically just dropped in a series of waypoints and let the GPS plot our course. Perhaps that's why we had such a diverse journey.
It was amazing. As you'll see in the slideshow I embedded below, we traversed a wide variety of roads and terrain. We saw some very cool scenery, too.
We even saw three very unusual things, as you'll see in the pics that follow the slideshow.
One of the unusual things we encountered was a beekeeper.
At first glance, I thought it was an astronaut. I mean, it looked like an astronaut. I didn't actually think, "Oh, hey, look. There's an astronaut in that field beside the road in the middle of nowheresville Virginia!"
We've passed hives before, but neither of us had ever actually seen a real, live beekeeper.
Sorry I didn't stop for a real pic. I was afraid I'd spook the bees or something and get the guy stung.
Another unusual thing was this cool, old bridge.
You know I had to Google that, right?
According to a Wikipedia post, it's called the Waterloo Bridge.
The current Waterloo Bridge was constructed in 1919 by the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company. A one lane, steel bridge, it is said to be the second oldest such bridge in Virginia. The bridge, costing $7,050, was paid for by the counties of Fauquier, Culpeper, and Rappahannock as a means for local farmers and merchants to deliver goods to market.
Here are a couple other shots of the bridge...
Now for THE most unusual thing. This last one caused a true WTF moment for each of us.
You do remember that we live in horse country, right?
We're used to seeing horses. And cows. Goats, sheep, and even alpacas are pretty common. But check out this guy.
Yep, a zebra.
Hubby was so shocked, he actually stopped and asked, "Do you need a zebra picture?"
What was I going to say? No?
I did start to try and figure out why there's a zebra there. But sometimes, it's better not to have an explanation. I'd rather just think it a totally weird, random thing and be done with it.
That spotting sure made the ride memorable.
For dinner, we decided to experiment and try the local seafood joint.
Steamed blue crabs are very common in Maryland. Not as common in Virginia. They're weren't very big, but they had a good flavor. So we'll have to get crabs from there again when the big ones are available.
And for a perfect ending to an already perfect day, we hit the local ice cream shack for dessert.
Those are funnel cake sundaes. Freshly fried funnel cakes topped with powdered sugar, soft-serve vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry.
They were OMG delicious.
I'll never be a skinny chick... but who cares, right?
What's the oddest thing you have seen while riding?