The End is in Sight

29 Sep

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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6 Responses to “The End is in Sight”

  1. brian collentine September 29, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    alright! keep it going and love hearing that you’re feeling strong. a couple of weekends ago did a century in oregon in the cold rain so i feel you. nothing like smelling that finish. think of the rest of the way as a dance. a dance that embodies all of your intentions. happy pedaling.

  2. Inesa September 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Just think about all the yammy food waiting for you. But for now, be patient with the weather, take your time, focus, and bike safely!
    Love to both.

  3. Anne Singer September 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    And we are excited that we will be at the site when the end is sighted. We wish you smooth sailing, easy rolling and favorable weather to Yorktown, Va.

  4. Mikhail September 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    Very proud of both of you! Hang in there and stay focused and calm. You will lokk back on this trip soon enough!

  5. Elliot's Grampa September 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    you are near the end so don’t push to hard, ride safely and remember that you are not part of a marathon.

    ANYTIME SUNDAY IS GOOD!!!!! RIDE SAFELY! NEXT FEW DAYS ARE GOING TO BE WET ONES
    Grampa

  6. Viv September 30, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    Last map! Take it easy if you can, stay focused, and try to enjoy it!

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