Theresa and Rick, Ashland

Theresa and Rick

Prince William Forest Park. I decided to make a short cut, but, as usually, it took me much longer than it would just on regular path.

Photo: Prince William Forest Park

How you made a short cut instead of normal road and where it brought you – that what you will tell your grandchildren about.

Photo: Prince William Forest Park

A short cut brought me to hiking trail. Multiple directions. It was warning about bears, and I constantly heard crunch of branches. So I sang songs. Loud. One Bolivian folk song, one Russian, and on some reason, “Another one bites the dust”. Just music.

Photo: Prince William Forest Park

I choose this bridge

Photo: Prince William Forest Park

Baby-deer was waiting while I climbed the hill with my bike and bear Bear.

Photo: Ashland

Ashland Rail Station

Photo: Theresa, Rick, and Scott, Ashland

It supposed to rain with thunder tonight. I saw a bunch of local cyclists from Richmond Area Bicycle Association. Andrew contacted his close friend Jim Ferguson who grew up in Ashland who in turn contacted his family friends Rick & Theresa. Scott, who I met in the library, drove me to them. Looked like we raised them from their beds.

Photo: Theresa and Rick, Ashland

I couldn’t believe I would get an email from them from the 10th hands, but I did. Teresa wrote that I was welcome!

Photo: Teresa and Rick

A card from their grandson to me. Sweet.



Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, she wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on Drive TV in Russia. In 2009, she moved to South Africa and taught at the University of SA, where she took up running competitively and won a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship. She has also won an international photo contest and had a photo exhibition of her work. In 2014 she decided to try fast long-distance hiking and started with the Appalachian Trail where she earned a trail name "Brave" from other hikers. She has also cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as other parts of the world. Still hiking and cycling somewhere.