Pete's Beer Ride

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Last weekend I was glad to be a part of a special birthday ride for my friend Pete Eshelman. The first surprise of the ride from Roanoke to Ballast Point Brewing in Daleville was the jersey we created. The image from the jersey was taken from a photo that Pete had previously taken on a ride with the man behind the ride - Paul Higgins. The photo was from the crest of Cahas Mountain in Franklin County. We only had a web-quality image to work with (ideally we need 200dpi) but the final product was very cool. Add that to a custom Pete's Beer Ride logo created by Scottie and we had a great jersey that will be worn well past the weekend.

Birthday boy Pete Eshelman of roanokeoutside.com

Birthday boy Pete Eshelman of roanokeoutside.com

The ride was a beautiful 35 mile journey through Roanoke and Botetourt county to Ballast Point Brewing. The second surprise of the ride was that Paul had planned a huge bash at the brewery with 50+ people. We had 4 hours to get there so we had to take our time without spoiling the surprise. One was we did this was a pit stop at Parkway Brewing on the way out of town.

Parkway Gent Bent - perfect to numb the legs

Parkway Gent Bent - perfect to numb the legs

After that the next test was the Old Catawba climb up to the McAfee Knob parking lot. Some of the guys were new riders but they did great.

Patrick Boas cresting Old Catawba

Patrick Boas cresting Old Catawba

After four hours we made it and were greeting buy dozens of friends at Ballast Point. It was probably my most fun day on the bike in a while and I look forward to doing the ride again soon.

Final gravel section into the backside of Ballast Point. We soon were informed this was not legal.

Final gravel section into the backside of Ballast Point. We soon were informed this was not legal.

Corey Hunley

Corey Hunley

Stratton Delany