Rainy day

With a day of drizzly rain and thinking to the days ahead with limited amenities, Saturday was a shopping/cooking day mainly. I was the sous chef. To the left, green peppers sent back to the sous chef for a smaller dice (on the right).

Meanwhile at the stove ..

Midway through the process, turkey meatloaf, turkey taco meat, sauteed mushrooms and leftover onions/green pepper for the next creation.

I went to the spice cabinet – quite the selection! – and made the turkey taco seasoning (nine different things to measure).

Little quiches for an easy breakfast. The leftover mushrooms are for Sunday’s baked potato dinner. There are also two turkey burgers in the freezer. Then Billie made dinner ,,

brown beans and cornbread:

“That’s enough butter, Arlete.” Although there might be a few of my relatives who disagree.

On Sunday, it was time for cleaning (Billie) and laundry (Arlete) and generally getting ready to leave tomorrow.

Your bike rides this week

Monday: Carmen, Jane, Leo, Amal, Barbara; photo by Cheryl!

Wednesday: Dani, Barbara, Cheryl, Kathy.

Thursday: Leo, Jonathan, Barbara, Jane, Cheryl, Kathy:

Friday: Barbara, Kathy, Dani, Jonathan, Jane; photo by Cheryl.

Saturday: Amal and Brian:

Saturday: an adventure riding along the Yolo Causeway to County Rd 24 and back: Barbara, Kathy, Leo, Jonathan, Jane; photo by Cheryl. Go team!

Neuse River Trail

We drove to the northern end of the trail in Wake Forest and rode from MM 0-15 and back. The Falls of Neuse:

A covered bridge trail-style, protecting pedestrians and cyclists from debris that might fall from the train tracks above.

Chairs for sale, every one was different:

Perfectly situated near MM 15 was a bench where we had lunch before turning around.

A beautiful day and trail. 30 miles roundtrip.

Rest day

Well, sort of. There’s always a lot to do on days we don’t ride. Errands, purchases, planning, more cooking usually, including prepping breakfast and lunch for the next day if there’s a ride. At the end of the day, Billie said, “We got a lot done today.” And this is the only picture I have to show for it:

Aldi’s has very good wine at $3. It was time stock up. We actually have a wine cellar. You go out the door, down the steps and turn left. Open the passenger door and …

there on the floor of the passenger’s side in a big strong bag filled with Winking Owl.

Life is good.

Walnut Creek Trail

We drove to Poole Rd Park, about midway on the Neuse River Trail. It was a short ride to the intersection with the Walnut Creek Trail.

Back under the bridge we just rode over.

Lots of boardwalks over wetlands. The longest was almost 0.4 miles long.

We rode under the bank of pinkish-white trees in the background. The blossoms were falling and the scent was wonderful.

After a short stretch on Little John Rd and Rose Ln, the trail restarted and changed to a narrow uneven boardwalk with sharp odd turns. Not an ideal surface to ride on!

We slowed way down to let these two families with 8 small children move at their own pace down the trail until they decided to move over to the side.

Our destination was the State Farmers Market – 75 acres with 210,000 sq ft of covered space for local farmers to sell their goods 365 days/year.

We had lunch at the on-site restaurant:

I decided to not go big, just a BLT. Then the free appetizers came: warm biscuits/butter/jam and hush puppies.

The excellent BLT came with hot seasoned salty fries:

Billie decided on a vegetable plate with four items – crowder peas, limas and corn, coleslaw, and fried green tomatoes (the “most scrumptious” she’s ever had):

And finally the complimentary (small, thankfully) banana pudding dessert. Back on the bikes to ride back.

23 miles roundtrip. And we might not have to eat dinner tonight.

Neuse River Trail

We parked here:

The first mile marker we came to:

Behind the sign and fence is a huge biosolids field and all water used to irrigate is reused so none of it flows into the Neuse River.

Our lunch stop and turn-around point was at Anderson Point Park at about MM 17. While eating we were treated to a gymnast/dancer performing various moves while a photographer captured images.

28 miles – another great bike ride!

Moving on

It was a relatively short drive from Norlina to Selma NC – about 100 miles the way we came – and Billie had some driving adventures. A missed turn in one small town allowed her to practice several right and left turns on narrower streets. Then there was the hailstorm. (So glad I wasn’t driving!)

We arrived at RVacation RV park in Selma by mid-afternoon to sunshine and (at last) warmer weather. We are southeast of Raleigh and near several very good bike trails.

We like our campsite, there is a bank of trees and shrubs on the side we use the most.

Blacker the Berry

We got there early and checked out the venue. The DJs stage and wine stations were still being set up,

along with the food truck who catered the brunch – chicken and waffles, macaroni and cheese, and greens:

We found a wine station and each bought a bottle of wine,

then set up our folding chairs at the outside perimeter – better to see everything that was going on.

Great fashion statements everywhere!

Lots of music and dancing.

Happy joyous women dancing up a storm:

Special thanks to Preston

and Clara, who made us feel so welcome.

We had a great time. Seven Springs Farm & Vineyard gets a 5-star rating from me.

Seven Springs Farm & Vineyard

We drove a little over 100 miles to Norlina NC to a Harvest Host: Seven Springs Farm & Vineyard.

We arrived before noon because a special event was going to happen in the afternoon. Our site was near the road, next to several rows of grapevines which were just beginning to leaf out.

There was very little to set up today with no electric, water, or sewer; a bit of automatic leveling.

We were soon ready to explore the property and find out about the event that was about to start happening. Preston, the owner, told us to come on up and enjoy all that was about to happen, about 700 hundred people were coming for brunch. 700! What an amazing experience we were about to have. A complete surprise that we never expected.

Preparing to leave

Today we got ready to leave tomorrow. Must-do’s include laundry and it’s really nice when you have a nice laundry room 50 feet from your RV space.

Finding places for the non-dryer clothes. Mine are hanging over the edge of a shelf above the driver’s and passenger’s seats. Here, those “captain’s chairs” have been turned around for more seating.

Billie’s are hanging from a clothesline across the opening to her bedroom.

When you go into the RV and …

and turn left, you have the kitchen on the left and the bathroom on the right.

The bathroom behind the curtain:

We each got the same bamboo towels to use, so I added some embroidery to tell them apart.

Beyond the kitchen/bathroom (without the clothesline) is Billie’s bedroom:

As you come up the steps, straight ahead is the living room/dining room with removable table.

Which later becomes my bedroom!

Thanks to those who asked for a tour of the home we are sharing. We leave tomorrow morning.