FBAD: Life on the Blue Ridge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Fast Ferris

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    "Fast Ferris Stout," you say? I say: :1drink

    It FINALLY stopped raining up here, and the humidity has dropped (although, as I write this, it's gotten just light enough outside to see that our infamous FOG is back...). It's been so wet we've actually seen salmon spawning in the branch in the back yard. Sunday's riding conditions were absolutely perfect, for a change, and it woulda been a great day to just ride, and ride, and ride, and ride...

    All that said, looking forward to hooking up with you on two wheels again. It always seems like once August gets here the days on the calendar begin to speed up and whiz by at an alarming rate. Hi to Heather, hope all is well down there on the flatlands.
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    I was wandering around Vimeo and YouTube last night looking for a Floyd-related music video to post up, and, well, you know how it is once the journey begins - it's hard to stop.

    Alison Krauss and Union Station have strong ties to this part of the Appalachians. This video isn't particularly related to our ride to Floyd on Sunday, it's just offered up for your (and my) listening and viewing enjoyment.

    So, like, enjoy. :-)


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    Alison Krauss and Robert Plant? Who'da thunk it?!?


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    Alison Krauss and Union Station at FloydFest 2012:


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    We paid a visit on Sunday to the Republic of Floyd, an eclectic little shop that features a mouth-watering selection of local microbrews. We've posted up pix from the ROF here on ADV before; I'll repost a couple here in a bit.

    First, some snips from their homepage to give you a better idea of what the ROF is all about:











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    We first met Tom Ryan, owner and creator of Republic of Floyd, on September 25, 2011. We chronicled the visit on these pages.

    Tom's a cool guy, obviously a recovering hippy, sparkling eyes, sharp wit, hugely irreverent, would be equally at home slinging umbrella drinks at a tiki shack in Jamaica or growing weed in Northern California.

    This is one of several photos we took of Tom that day. We were his only customers, he was in a yakky mood, and it was an awesome visit as we got to know him and learn a little bit of how the Republic of Floyd came to be:


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    During our visit this past Sunday we met and got to know Connie, the store manager as it turned out, a little bit. Connie is WAY cool, also very probably a recovering hippy, and just as genuine and warm and smart and funny as they come. I asked about Tom.

    Her face quickly took on a sad expression. "We lost Tom several months ago."

    I was pretty much speechless.

    Connie quickly turned the moment around, and instead of sadness, we all laughed and told stories about the guy. Connie told the most, and the best, as she was a good friend of Tom's. Denise and I told of our visit with him several years prior, and how friendly and funny he was.

    And when we finally left the Republic of Floyd on Sunday, we felt like we had just partied hard with good friends, a bit of an odd feeling considering we had just learned of someone's passing, but true to character for Tom Ryan - I'm sure he wouldn't want it any other way.

    Connie showed us a portrait of Tom hanging high (of course) on the wall that I had noticed when we first walked in, but hadn't put two and two together; now it all made sense.

    Ride in peace, Tom. Adios, amigo.


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    Wow! :clap



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    Good to see you back posting FF.
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    Gracias, amigo!
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    I managed to sneak out today and get in another 125 miles between weather systems.

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    This is my favorite way to get to Galax and beyond from the Parkway. Or used to be, anyway. This is near the Blue Ridge Music Center. They've been working on this project for months. Well, actually, they haven't been working on this project for months - it's like they got this far putting in new culvert and abandoned the job. There's been zero activity here the last three times I've checked. Puzzling.
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