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The Most Beautiful Ride I’ve Ever Done

I’ve ridden in some amazing places – Nova Scotia’s windswept coast, Shenandoah ridge lines, Hawaii’s North Shore, and Utah’s Zion National Park.  But nothing left me in awe the way Taiwan’s Taroko Gorge did:

Kate LaCroix rides up Taiwan's Taroko Gorge

I’ve finally returned home, and look forward to sharing more of this soon.  In the interim, go check out Beverly Garrity’s take on our time there.  (Reminder: you can click on the photo for a larger version.)


Getting Your CX On – in 1950’s England


Taiwan Cycling Festival: Getting Started


  1. Welcome back!

    So the cycling was good, but did you get laid?

    So here’s a Hooville cycling event for which your readers may wish to partake:

    Bike to Obama

    Several informal bike ride join-up locations are listed below so that those who wish to, may bike together to see President Obama, who will be appearing at the Charlottesville Pavilion, located in historic Downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, at 235 West Main Street, on Friday, October 29, 2010. Gates will open at 5:00 PM.

    Groups will form and depart at 4:00 PM. Although no leader will be designated, groups are encouraged to adhere to all traffic safety rules. Everyone (even Republicans) are welcome to join these moderate-paced ride groups and attend the event at the Charlottesville Pavilion. No tickets are required for admission. As is typical, airport-like security will be in place, so bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the Pavilion. Cameras are welcome.

    Group One: Crozet, Mountain View Park and Ride on Crozet Ave. Turn right onto Route 240, Three Notched Road. Continue onto Route 250, Ivy Road. Ivy turns into University Avenue in Charlottesville, then merges with West Main Street.

    Group Two: Route 29: Meet at Peace Lutheran Church, 1510 Broad Crossing. US Route 29 heading southbound. After entering Hooville, take Route 250 East By-pass. Travel 1.8 miles to McIntire Road. Right on McIntire Road and travel .9 miles to the light at the top of the hill, turn left onto Water Street. Proceed down the hill, and turn right at the first light (Second Street SE). Cross Water Street and one block north to the Downtown Mall which is Main Street. Turn right onto the pedestrian Mall and the Pavilion is located at the east end of the Mall, just past City Hall.

    Group Three: Pantops Shopping Center Park and Ride. Left onto Richmond Road (250 By-pass), then Left onto East High Street, Left on 4th Street NE, Left on East Main Street.

    Group Four: UVA John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Road. Right onto North Emmet Street, then Left onto University Avenue, then onto West Main to East Main Street.

    Other rides will be formed on an ad hoc basis based on local neighborhood interest. Encourage your friends and neighbors to bike to see Obama on Friday, October 29, 2010. Have fun, bike safely and enjoy a crisp autumn bike ride.

    Feel free to share this via group emails and blogs.

  2. One word: wow!

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