DAY 66 — Damascus, VA (Bunk bed, “The Place” at the United Methodist Church) to Radford, VA (Front lawn, Dr. Thaddius Lee’s home)
Total mileage: 101.4
Total cycling time: 8:04
Average speed: 12.6
Maximum speed: 37.3
We haven’t yet left Appalachia, but the finish line is closer than ever. We can see it on our maps, we can feel it in the pavement, and we can smell it in the air.
More than once, we have recently admitted to each other that we are a little tired of being tired. We are looking forward to the day when our muscles can rest and completely recuperate, and when we can sleep for just a few more hours on a weekend. After our second 100+ mile day, we are feeling strong and proud of our accomplishments, but also growing weary of wet weather and gas station egg biscuit breakfast sandwiches.
Yesterday, morning fog soaked the outside of our rain jackets, and sweat saturated the inside of our rain jackets. Moist, overcast weather may be great for dairy cows, but as we climbed three steep hills in cold, wet conditions, we found ourselves peeling layers off and pulling layers on nearly every half hour.
Fortunately, as Elliot was repairing a flat tire on a road shoulder, two cyclists stopped to tell us about a place to spend the night in Radford, VA. Dr. Thaddius Lee rode the TransAmerica Trail with his two sons several years ago; ever since he was inundated with warm hospitality, he’s been dishing it out to needy cyclists.
We pitched our tents near the flagpole on his front lawn, and cooked a tasty pasta dinner with our camping stove in the Lee family’s warm, well-lit kitchen. We showered and helped ourselves to cereal in the morning.
Today, we’ll be moving on to our final map. After traversing an entire continent on two wheels, 367.5 miles is sure to go by in the blink of an eye.
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