I could not pass through Virginia without stopping in Culpeper to meet Gwen; Gwen is a remarkable person . I learned about Gwen back in March while planning my trip. I had made my plans known on Adventure Rider for my up coming trip to Alaska. Someone on Adventure Rider told me I needed to read Shoganais (aka Gwen) ride tale . While on my adventure I did not have much, if any time to read much on Adventure Rider. So when I called Gwen to say I was in the state and wanted to stop by and meet her, I was shocked to learn she had (on 8/31, less then two weeks before) been involved in a crash in Tucson, AZ . She and I had a nice visit that morning. I am so glad to have met her, and I was surprised to see that she is not much taller than I. What a woman! Wishing you a speedy recovery Gwen. After my visit with Gwen I was off to Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park . Tom I got the stamp! What a perfect day for a ride. The sun was out and the temperature couldn't have been better! Traffic was light. I never get tired of these tunnels. They are magnificent. I am in awe of scenery like these. Natural, simple, soild (the rock), soft (the plants), parts changing almost daily (the plants), parts changing so slowly that one can barely notice (the rock)... Views of the Appalachian Mountains.... Iron Mike.... now that's a hard body! Not far from Iron Mike was this little bee with his pollen sacks full. I could sit for hours and watch these wonderful insects work. This butterfly caught my eye and I had to stop and take its picture I was in heaven as I stepped down into a field of flowers and butterflies. It wasnt until the next day that I learned this butterfly is a Tiger Swallowtail; Virginias State insect. Butterflies were originally known by the name Flutterby which describes how they fly. This was a great day and I tried to soak it all in and savor it. My adventure would soon come to an end and the real world would find it's way back in..... it was already nipping at my heels.