Enjoyed a perfectly peaceful bicycle ride yesterday. Thanksgiving day may be one of the lowest traffic days of the year, and an excellent time to be on a bicycle on the road. It was a 30 mile jaunt from Belmont in Charlottesville north to Ruckersville. By the way, if you are local and aren't already aware of this, the bridge at Advance Mills Road and Fray's Mill Road is not crossable at the moment. Albemarle County really is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Though the weather was in the mid 50's, I could see that winter is not far away since many of the trees have already lost all of theirleaves. I viewed some gorgeous river scenes, watched a sparrow fly right alongside me for a few seconds, heard the birds chirping, saw a hot-air balloon, watched dear watch me back, saw shetland ponies, horses, cows, the Blue Ridge Mountains. I also saw one of the very rare and elusive white tigers of Albemarle County!
Here was my route: Elliott Avenue/Avon (right)/Monticello Ave (left)/6th (right)/Garrett (left)/2nd (right)/Water (left)/2nd (right)/Market (left)becomes Preston,Barracks,Garth/Free Union road (right)/Woodlands (right)/Rea's Ford (left)/Earlysville road (left)/Advance Mills (right)/Fray's Mountain (left)/Buffalo River (right)/Durettes Ridge (right)/Advance Mills (left)/Cedar Grove (right).