Cycling across America from Williamsburg, Va to Florence, OR.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Monday, May 10 day 6 Greetings from Charlottesville, VA. This is a layover day and much welcome. Legs and butt both need a rest. There is also time to organize our gear, do the wash, and clean the bikes. This is really a college town: University of Virginia designed by Thomas Jefferson. It is also the home of President Jefferson - Montecello.
At Left: Mort for short, Lee, Joe and Olaf
Sunday 5-9 day 5. 51 miles - 5:50 rtm - 11.1mph avg - 222 total miles, Hale farm to Charlottesville. The hills are getting harder and the country is becoming much more rural. There are plenty of horse ranchs here and fewer Battlefields. Got our first view of the Appalachias today - Ther're out there!
Top photo Camp at Hale Farm. Bottom photo nice sunset at Hale Farm.
Saturday 5-8 day 4. 62,75 miles, 5:24 rtm, 11.6 mph avg 171 total miles.
Ashland to Hales Farm. William Hale is a throwback to the 60's and so is his farm. Will grows organic rye, has solar powered hot water, and the place is down right funkie. Hale and farm are one. I'm not sure that this is the life for me, but the starry night sky was superb.
Campgrounds at KOA - Ashland.
Friday 5-7 day 3. 32 miles, 2:42 rtm, 12.0 mph, total miles 109. Glendale to Ashland. The campground was OK, but too close to a busy interstate. We are now in more central Virginia. It seems that every town, road and plantation has a battlefield attached to it. There has been much American blood lost in these fields.
Camp at Willis Church (Glendale) and curious tree smooth with seemingly no bark.
Thursday 5-6 day 2: 49 miles, 4:04 rtm, 12.0mph avg. Williamsburg to Glendale (Willis Church). This was a very enjoyable ride that was mostly on bike trails. Oh how I wish the rest of the ride would be like this!
I have long had a dream of cycling across America, but I could never talk my boss into a three month vacation. April 2nd I will retire and May 4th I will begin a TransAm ride with Adventure Cycling Association. The ride begins in Williamsburg, VA travels through 10 states and 4305 miles later ends in Florence, OR. This blog is about this dream. Another passion of mine is photography. I will be traveling with my Canon 50D DSLR and an Olympus Stylus 790 SW camera. Between now and May 4th I will post information and pictures of my preparation for the ride itself. Then on the ride I will post pictures of people, places and landscapes from the road. This will be a pictorial documentery of my dream. I hope you will check back often and enjoy the dream with me.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowline, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore, Dream, Discover."