Election Day has come and gone, and I did not win the day. I challenged an incumbent, in an off / off year (one without a Presidential, Gubernatorial, or Senatorial race) when less than 30% of registered voters cast a ballot. Even still, I garnered 42% of the vote. While I of course wish I had won the day, for healthcare, for women, for equality, and for the working poor, I am very proud of the campaign, and my team. I consider this good, and a huge accomplishment.
The other good news? I finally have time to ride and to shoot!! Happy, happy me!
On the morning after Election Day, my good friend, Dave, sent a text with the following message “sorry you didn’t win the election, however you need some riding time to put it all behind you”. Within 24 hours, we were headed to Shady Valley, Tennessee to ride The Snake.
Without a GoPro, it is hard to capture images of those 489 curves on US Rt 421 as there is rarely a place to pull over. The signage in the image below, however, offers an idea of the fun to be had on this ride.
While I have to confess to feeling a bit stiff at first, I was thrilled to be back on the bike and getting some big time wind therapy! It turned out to be a 285 mile day and I could not have been happier. I came home with many images to process and that made the day even better.
Peak leaf time had come and gone but we still saw a bit of color,
even more so, when we stopped at Holston Lake.
The reflections on the lake kept me shooting. Gorgeous, right?
It was the perfect antidote to an election day loss,
and ended with a delicious BBQ plate at Farmers Barbecue & Grill in Mountain City, Tn. Yum!
I’ll share a few more photos from this Tennessee ride soon! Thanks for being here today. I’ve missed you!