Along the miles....


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Untitled by makedustoreatdust at Garmin Connect - Details

Great 36 miler from Fancy gap to Meadows of Dan this morning on a picture perfect day on the Blue Ridge Parkway--great cadence & speed--awesome workout!!! Untitled by makedustoreatdust at Garmin Connect - Details

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fancy Gap 130th Awesome Five-Star Amazon Reader Review!

Wordle: Fancy Gap-the Novel

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fancy Gap-The Novel...In the News!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Fancy Gap-The Novel--Serialized in The Galax, VA Gazette!

I am humbled & and very pleased to announce that the editors of the Galax, Virginia Gazette newspaper have chosen my novel, “Fancy Gap” to be serialized to their readers. The initial installment is published today’s weekend edition of this award winning newspaper. Subsequent installments will follow in each weekend edition thereafter. My thanks to the Galax Gazette for bringing “Fancy Gap” to their readers! ═► 118th ★★★★★ Reviews!!═►Riveting ★★★★★Thriller═►Amazon Prime —═►FREE

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Market America Cares Blog

David Gelly gets great reviews in our book!

June 12 2013—
David Gelly has authored numerous essays and short stories on global travel, athletic accomplishments and life experiences.  A raconteur and oenophile of note, he is an avid marathoner and cyclist who explores unusual places in his travels on domestic as well as international assignments.  He is also quite a talented storyteller!  He has plied his trade in government agencies as well as in the corporate ranks of many significant entities taking him through the streets and alleys of concrete canyons as well as the twists and turns of the Silk Road to the wheat fields of America’s heartland.  A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, he currently resides in North Carolina as well as the mountains of southwest Virginia, where his most recent book, Fancy Gap, is set.
David has been very supportive of ma Cares and our “A Night of Stars – Saluting Our Veterans” event to benefit Patriot Rovers.  He also uses his interest in cycling to help raise money for charities.  Naturally, we wanted to learn more about our local talent and his involvement in the community and David kindly obliged.

ma Cares:  What inspired you to write your first book, Fancy Gap?
David Gelly:  Well Fancy Gap was born of the legendary fog on Fancy Gap Mountain. So many unfortunate horrific car crashes have happened in that fog that I soon realized that the fog could be the basis of a murder/mystery novel.  Fancy Gap is the 1st in a series of five of the “Gap” series.  The second installment will be “Orchard Gap” an agro-terrorism thriller.

ma Cares: What challenges did you encounter in writing it?
David Gelly:  I am a story teller.  I wrote the story in but three months.  All 99,999 words came out in that time.  Once I realized that the story worked, the next six months where spent working with my editor to get Fancy Gap in the proper style/format that this novel demanded.

ma Cares: What suggestions would you give to aspiring writers?
David Gelly:  WOW…large question! I now encounter so many people who say, “Gee I’ve always wanted to write a book!”  It is now possible thru self-publishing for anyone to realize their dream.  The days of having to find an agent and a publishing house are history.  I used CreateSpace.  They were wonderful to work with.  I hope to make the book available on SHOP.COM.

ma Cares:  As an avid marathoner, how often do you participate in marathons?
David Gelly:  I have run fifty marathons over the past thirty years.  I ran the 100th Birthday edition of the Boston Marathon with my son Eric.  That was very special! Check out photos and more on my blog at:

ma Cares:  What are some other ways that you give back to the community?
David Gelly:  My son Eric is the COO of the North Carolina Credit Union League.  We have a wonderful group of credit union runners and bike riders who raise money for charity and special groups.  We are:  Check us out!  My favorite ride was where we raised over $161,000 for the Hope for the Warriors Care Center at Camp Lejeune.  In a week we rode our bikes to all the military bases in North Carolina.  It was a week I’ll never forget!
We are certainly impressed with his many accomplishments!  To learn more about David and how to purchase his book, check out the Fancy Gap Facebook page, connect with the author on Twitter or send him an email.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Fog shrouds mountain in mystery

Fancy Gap's fog inspired an author to set his thriller in the Carroll community.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

Friday, August 10, 2012 at 6:00 am (Updated: August 10, 6:00 am)

FANCY GAP — David Gelly saw possibilities in the famous fog of Fancy Gap — as a shroud of mystery for the setting in his fictional murder thriller.

He’s often driven up U.S. 52 from Winston-Salem, N.C., to his getaway in the mountains, having to slash through fog where he couldn’t see two feet ahead.

Like many drivers who have ended up in the multi-vehicle pileups on Interstate 77 or those who struggled to stay out of accidents in the area, the weather made an impression on Gelly.

To write “Fancy Gap,” Gelly combined his experience as a corporate security supervisor with his love of writing and his interest in the local culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains to pen this tale of a loathsome crime.

“For travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap, the fog often hangs like an azure dream over the rolling green hills,” the book’s blurb says. “But when a madman abducts two children and disappears into the wisps with the young brother and sister, the landscape becomes a nightmare for the children’s parents and local residents.”

“On the bucket list: I said one day I want to write this novel,” he explained.

Staples of Carroll County and Blue Ridge Mountain living appear in the piece, including the Devil’s Den Nature Preserve and the Hillsville Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market, Buffalo Mountain, the Beaver Dam Trail and vintages from a well-known local winery.

“For travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap, the fog often hangs like an azure dream over the rolling green hills,” the book’s blurb says. “But when a madman abducts two children and disappears into the wisps with the young brother and sister, the landscape becomes a nightmare for the children’s parents and local residents.”

The inspiration came to him in October to write this story. After that, Gelly got up at 4 a.m. each Saturday and sat in his chateau with its panoramic views through the bay windows of the Piedmont. He continues typing until there were 1,000 more words on the page.

“It was a great use of my time instead of going to the bar,” he joked.


While the places have their basis in fact, few characters in the book do, Gelly stressed. Any similarity to real people is a coincidence.

Quinn McSpain, the novel’s hero, is a 60-something widower, living like a hermit in his adopted mountain home and still mourning the loss of his spouse.

He meets workaholic FBI agent Louisa Hawke at a retirement party in Arlington, but the couple’s budding romance gets interrupted by a crime that horrifies the mountain community.

Gelly’s previous writing flowed in the non-fiction vein, as the author of many articles for the Twin City Track Club monthly newsletter.

Gelly has directed considerable energy over the years to his running, participating in 50 marathons. His outdoor activities continue, only now he’s hiking, biking and kayaking in the mountains.

Gelly provided security during his time in the U.S. Army, before going on to work for the IRS and then entering the private sector, including working for Sara Lee while it still manufactured clothing in Hillsville and Galax.

That meant he would travel here on occasion to talk about security matters. “I always thought Carroll County was a pretty place.”

No case he investigated in corporate security resembled the plot in the book. However, Gelly did help resolve a prominent scheme where a cotton buyer working to fill Sara Lee’s demand for the textile fiber took kickbacks from suppliers. The chief cotton buyer was found guilty of conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering in federal court in Greensboro.

An estimated $1.2 million was involved and the ringleader went to prison for 6.5 years.

Gelly stands on the verge of retirement himself, at which time he plans to fully immerse himself in the continuing adventures of McSpain and Hawke in the other five planned novels in the “Gap series.”

“Next year, when I retire, I won’t be bound by work,” he explained.

• This is the first in a series of six "Gap" novels by David Gelly. Others planned for the series include Orchard Gap, Volunteer Gap, Willis Gap, Squirrel Gap and Low Gap. Fancy Gap is available on and comes in paperback for $14.99 plus shipping or $5.99 for a downloadable version. For more, see Gelly’s blog,

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Power of FB--Awesome Adventure Today!

6:30am June 7, 2011---New Orleans

I awake form a deep sleep and see the early morning sunrise peeking thru the wooden slats on the window shades. As I pour my 1st cup of morning joe I look out over the might Mississippi and see the rising sun cast a fiery shadow across the river. A river barge is slowly slicing thru the high muddy water.

I immediately know that this was a good photo opportunity. Blackberry Bold in hand I catch the moment as it happens. Unbeknownst to me some else had just done exactly the same thing of exactly the same scene but from a different hotel room—in a different hotel.

I knew I need to share the pic with my family & friends on Facebook. A few clicks of my thumb & forefinger had the picture added for all to see on FB. I then proceeded to go about my morning routine preparing my body & soul for the day ahead.

It didn’t take long for the Berry to beep as it notified of me friends who like the picture. I soon received a message from a FB friend Natalie B. who informed me that her Dad, John B. had sent her the almost identical pic of the same scene.

Now a bit of history. When LuLu & moi moved to Winston-Salem some 20 years ago John B. was one of the very 1st serious runners I met. He and others introduced me to the great group of runners in the Twin City Track Club. We ended up buying a home in the historic Ardmore section of W-S. John & his wife Jodie along with their 1st born Natalie lived a few streets over. Heck I baby sat Natalie when they son Jack was born!

Suffice it to say, we all enjoyed a great ten years of running, partying, and travelling with the other crazies who made up a wonderful collection of TCTC people who enjoyed life to the fullest. Great years!

So after all of that John secures a wonderful new job in Spruce Pine, NC. He & the family move to Mars Hill, NC to start a new chapter in life. Between then & now we share a few phone calls & emails but distance & time take a toll on updates and sharing of smiles & beers. Paths go in divergent ways and sometimes never are to connect again. And yet sometimes they do!

I quickly fired off a response to Natalie asking her exactly when her Dad had sent the picture. She replied that was this morning within a short time of my posting. She informed me that her Dad was in New Orleans for a conference. Well hold the dam phone! I couldn’t believe it.

I quickly searched the Berry for his cell number and called. John B answered and began laughing this incredulous laugh as we discovered we are only two blocks again from each other. He told me that he was having breakfast at his hotel when he saw the sun rising over the river and snapped the pic with his cell phone & sent it to his family. Natalie soon realized that we were in the same place! Outrageous!

At 4:30 this afternoon John B and I will meet at the bar at the Sheraton hotel. We will laugh—we will howl---we will break bread & share wine together as we fill in ALL of the blanks on the most recent 10 years. Ok—so what are the odds—a gazillion to one--Outrageous!

It's 11:00pm and our day has ended---yet not ended at all---a new moment in time has happened & very special indeed!

So many things came together in the crazy Cajun cosmos this morning that allows two dear friends to cross paths again! Would never have happened without FB.

At times.. social media rocks!!

John B & Natalie----You both--Make Dust!

Let me forget Jenn at Brigtsen’s—you rock!