A tale of two communities along the New River Trail

[slide] Fries bills itself as the town at the start of the New River Trail but the Commonwealth of Virginia’s web site for Virginia State Parks considers 5.5 mile stretch that runs from Fries a “branch” of the main trail that it says runs 51.5 miles from Galax to Pulaski. Maybe that’s one of the […]

The sunset of life

A sunset over the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I took a ride into the area recently to clear my head and ponder recent events.  As regular readers of this web site know, I have been dealing with issues revolving around the sunset of life — not my own but of a loved one. Dealing with […]

Ghosts of Danville

[slide] Like too many towns in Virginia’s economically-ravaged Southside, Danville’s downtown is largely a ghost town, dominated by empty buildings and remnants of past glories. On a recent motorcycle ride to North Carolina, I rode through Danville and stopped to walk around the mostly-deserted downtown. It was a far cry from the Danville I remembered […]