Good friends. Wine. Wonderful weather. Mountain landscapes. A visit to a luxury estate. Delicious food. Only one more thing was necessary to make my trip to North Carolina complete: biking!
It wasn’t hard to persuade Jennie and Kristi to get on board. $10 and a trip to the activity center at the Biltmore Estate took care of that little omission. We chose the Trek Single cruisers and set off for a quick ride to the lagoon and back, past fields of grapevines and sunflowers. It was the perfect post-lunch, pre-wine-tasting-and-concert activity.
Before we set out, we spotted these adorable young cyclists riding along the path.
After paying, we headed out to the barn where bike mechanic Jessica had the Treks all ready for us — complete with baskets for our purses.
As we rode along the path, Jennie kept saying “I feel like a kid again!” I think it was the killer combination of bike and adorable ponytails.
After a small issue with the coaster break at the beginning of our ride, Kristi hit her stride.
It didn’t take us long to reach the lagoon, which had a gorgeous view of the Biltmore.
On the way back, we encountered a herd of Segways. As I passed them, I wanted to ask if riding one was as boring as it looked (they seemed SO SLOW in comparison to our bikes) but I didn’t. Jen later informed me that phrasing it that way might not have been the politest thing . . . so it’s probably for the best!
After our ride, and a quick trip to the blacksmith’s hut in the farm village, we headed to the side lawn to watch the sunset and listen to Bruce Hornsby.
Is it time to go on vacation again?