Brevard North Carolina Real Estate Blog: Biker Broads

Biker Broads

It's been an abysmal year so far in real estate so when the opportunity for a little R&R came my way, I had to think about it. On one hand, I needed a break from the day to day stress. On the other hand, when you're budgeting your pennies, spending a couple of hundred dollars on anything other than the necessities requires a second look.

In the end, my sanity won out and on Friday I left for a 35 mile bicycle ride with 14 other women affectionately known as the Biker Broads. We range in age from 48 to 70-something and nearly all share a passion for tennis. But this annual trek to Creeper Trail in Abingdon, VA is as much about the ride as is it is about spending time with this amazing group of women. Last year, the Biker Broads numbered 21, but because of varioustrain tressle scheduling conflicts, this year's entourage was slightly less in numbers, but not any less fun.

Creeper Trail was once part of the Virginia-Carolina Railroad Company and connected Abingdon and Damascus, Virginia. The concept of a railroad began as early as the 1880's but it wasn't until 1900 that it became a reality. Then, in 1977, the railroad track was dismantled and over time it was transformed into the popular recreational trail that it is today.

We split the 35-mile ride into two days and at the end of the first day, we make no bones about the fact that joints hurt, muscles are sore, and we all acknowledge that a bicycle seat, even when it's called a "comfort seat" is not our friend. In between the two rides there's plenty of shopping, napping by the pool, eating and partying.

Each day, as we guide our bikes along the trail, sometimes we ride side by side where we can talk and enjoy the incredible surroundings and comfortable companionship. But other times, the path narrows and we ride single file. The similarity between this bicycle ride and life is not lost on me. creeper trailOn this ride, as in life, there are times when we ride alone, doing our best to navigate a sometimes narrow and challenging path. But in front, are the women who have gone before us, showing us the way; pointing out the stones and divots that can trip us up. And behind us are the women who "have our back" in the event that we should falter.

At the end of this year's trip we all gathered at a park near the bike shop where we had a picnic before splitting off into our various car pools and driving the 3 hours back home to Brevard, North Carolina. The long picnic table was filled as we feasted on the snacks and goodies that we had all brought along to share. But more importantly, along with "pass the pimento and cheese", and "who has the chicken salad?", were the memories and friendships that had been formed over the past two days. 

Over the next year all our lives will change, just as they changed from the year before. And today, I'm back to work in the whacky world of real estate. But I will retain the memories and the sense of solidarity I have found with this special group of women and will look forward to next year when the Biker Broads hit the trail once more.





 

 

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Comment balloon 7 commentsCarol Clay • August 18 2008 12:37PM

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Carol, I love your blog. And, your experiences. I cannot imagine being able to keep up with you! Seventy something huh??? Wow. Makes me feel bad. Okay, not bad just guilty for not exercising more! Thank you so much for this contribution to your Diary! It's great!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

This sound's like so much fun! When they can figure out how to attach a sofa cushion to a bike seat or bring back the banana seat...I am there! Last time I rode a bike, I could "feel the seat" for 3 days. I don't know how biker's do it! 

Posted by Sherry Scales, Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 10 years ago

Deb and Sherry - This is one of the most fun weekends you can ever have. Trust me when I tell you that we're not athletes. Other than playing a lot of tennis, none of us could ever be mistaken for athletes. I didn't have any real issues with the bike seat. One of the gals brought a gel seat she uses on her own bike, and another gal actually brought her own bike. My knees were sore though...but that was from not having the seat up high enough.

All that aside, if you have a trail like this in your community, or in a nearby city, grab a bunch of gal pals and just go do it. You'll love it!

 

Posted by Carol Clay, Broker/REALTOR, Brevard NC Real Estate Specialist (Looking Glass Realty) about 10 years ago

Carol, the seat is my biggest complaint about the bicycle too. As a child it didn't seem to matter "butt" today it sure does! Just a few minutes on mine and I start feeling it. Any suggestions?

Thanks and later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

Hey Deb - Bicycle seats...yea, they can be a problem. I've found that the gel seats are nice. They come in various sizes. A friend of mine on this trip brought hers along and it just slipped right over the regular seat. I honestly didn't have that much trouble with the seat. Maybe I have enough padding of my own!

The other thing to check is the height of the seat. When you peddle, your legs should be fully extended. Of course, you don't want it so high that you can't touch the ground when you need to get off, but at the proper height, it might also take some of the pressure off the ole derriere.

Oh the things we must endure! LOL

Posted by Carol Clay, Broker/REALTOR, Brevard NC Real Estate Specialist (Looking Glass Realty) about 10 years ago

Carol,

Awesome !  Sounds like a great trip and time for the Biker Broads !  And a great way to reduce some stress and be healthy.

My wife and I are happy to just recently do 10 minute workouts in the morning with this new dvd program we got.  It is great... only 10 minutes... but that bike trail... wow !  Great choice !!!

Chris Somers

Posted by The Somers Team, Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate. (The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access) about 10 years ago

Hey Chris,

This trip really is a great experience. The ride is only part of it though and I assure that none of us do it for the excerise! LOL It's just a great time to hang with an amazing group of women.

If you want a real look at the way the weekend goes...check out our You Tube video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXAmqUn3TCs

My husband and I are both tennis crazy and even though we play at different levels, we still play mixed doubles on the weekend with some other couples. I'm always the low man on the totem pole. But...it's fun. As long as you're doing SOMETHING...that's what counts!

carol clay

 

Posted by Carol Clay, Broker/REALTOR, Brevard NC Real Estate Specialist (Looking Glass Realty) about 10 years ago

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