Scott Dexter noted: >>I'm in Richmond, and the ride is the Powhatan Tour de Vin, in >>conjunction with their wine festival: >>http://www.powhatanchamberofcommerce.org/PowhatansFestivalOfTheGrape20 05.htm Whoa! Sounds nice. The 'historic rest stops' bit sounds especially neat. Should be some very pretty countryside there! Any recommendations for Virginia wines? (We're currently finishing off the last of a very nice case we brought back from Grapevine about 2 months ago. The Johannisberg Riesling was especially yummy!) [Sez Ron who is excitied about the recent US Supreme Court decision that is expected to 'open up' the shipping regulations for wine transport in the US!] >>I'm thinking of the Blue Ridge Extreme as well, though only the >>metric (100Km, 62mi) because 8000+ft of climbing just scares me >>(http://www.blueridgeextreme.com/). Bah! Remember ... What doesn't kill you -- only leaves you crippled and embittered for life! ... No ... Wait ... (Well, it was something like that anyway.) The 'half metric century' sounded kinda nice. >>Cycling has officially replaced hockey, though I still strap the >>skates on once a week. I'm riding 80-120mi/week, and loving every >>minute of it :) Super! (It's good exercise ... and ... if you ride like that guy in "American Flyer" ... You still get to hit people! YES!!) ;-) I don't do much riding anymore. Ever since my infamous 'X-Games Incident' the bikes have kinda been rotting away in the garage. I have started working out again though. Been on a fairly serious regimen for about 4 months now. Starting to see some results. >>Are you (still) 'round these parts? We're still in Houston. I've started volunteering at the zoo here. Still looking to retire to Lake Travis over in Austin ... eventually. (But I gotta get that fancy boat first!) ;-) Keep Pedaling ... They may be gaining on you! ;-) RonL.