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I'm having some trouble postin from the road because the blog app has frequent "post failures" and sometimes I can only upload a pic or two. Hoping to work it out soon :) in the meantime, I'm keeping a written journal so I can update from
a desktop computer at a library. I should be able to use the library once a week. Thanks for following my blog! Bryn

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Damascus > Rosedale

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Mileage: 36 (short but hilly)
Total feet climbed: 3,000
Weather: rainy but some sun

Lots of climbing today, but nothing too difficult. I can tell Ive gotten a lot stronger because these hills would have been pretty rough about two weeks ago. This morning, Amber and I went a few miles off route so we could cross the state line into Tennessee! Our first official state line, even though it's not really on the route.

Since today was a low mileage day, we had a nice long lunch break in Meadowview with Will and Paul. We met an energetic old Australian couple in the restaurant with a tandem bike. They are taking the transam route so we'll probably see them around. By coincidence, they are at the same motel were at tonight. Rosedale is a tiny town with a population of 600 and I think the reason were at a motel is because there isn't a nearby campground. Tomorrow we ride to Breaks Interstate Park where we'll camp out and hopefully build a fire. It's been really rainy so the wood is probably soaked. Paul and Will were the cooks tonight. They ordered pizza :) and we had cupcakes for Ray's birthday. Since Paul and Will didn't actually cook dinner, they plan to make a big breakfast for everyone in the morning. Ok. I guess that's all for now. I had a great day and Im loving every minute of the trip. I'd say the toughest days for me so far have been Charlottesville and the ride to Wytheville. More recent pix below. Night!

Lunch today

Will's early b day cake last night in Damascus

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Camp Bethel > Christiansburg (55 miles)

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Exhausted!! This was pretty much an all up hill day, in my opinion. Really
sharp inclines too. All in all, it was another good day, and the sun came out for us, which was unexpected. This afternoon Amber and I rescued three abandoned kittens! That was the highlight of our day. It seemed like they were just dropped of on the side of the road or something. We wound up putting them in our panniers ( I had two in my front left pannier and she had one in her handlebar bag) and riding them to a house a little over a mile away. The owners weren't home, but they had cat food and water on the back porch :) All three kittens fit into the food bowl at once. So cute. Lee, Mort, Joe, Bill and I went out for a few beers after dinner. I'm tired but needed to go out for a little bit. Been goin to bed around 9pm almost every night! Was great to hang out with them. So tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and in the 80's. Sounds perfect. Were riding 60 miles I think. The big excitement is a map change! We've been on the same map til now. I'll mail this one home to lighten the load ;) rest day is after two more riding days and it's in Damascus. I want to write about our amazing ride through the mountains, but ill have more energy for that tomorow, or in Damascus! Night

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May. 14th, 2010

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Goong to bed already (830pm May 13th) We have a long few days ahead and my legs are pretty tired from climbing allll day yesterday. Blueridge parkway is beautiful! Felt strong all day too, so really enjoyed it. Posting some pictures below. This is Ambers blog: Ambersbiketrip.blogspot.com. We ride together, so if I don't have the chance to post an entry, she usually does :)

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Finally updating

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We had a WONDERFUL rest day in Charlottesville, VA today. Definitely needed that!
The first two riding days were pretty light. The weather was perfect (warm and not much wind!) and we didn't have many hills to climb. From Williamsburg (May 5th), we headed 50 miles to Glendale, VA. My favorite part of the ride was the bike path that must have lasted 20 to 30 miles. No cars and open
fields most of the day. Amber and I decided to keep a slow-ish pace since there really is no rush and we wanted to enjoy the scenery. Pictures are below. We all me up at the Methodist Church that invited us to stay around 2pm. The rest of the day was spent eating (thank you Meg and Randy for making dinner) and preparing for the next day. Oh, more importantly, Lee, Mort, Joe, Will, Paul and I went on a mid afternoon beer run. Beer and food taste so much better after a long day of cycling. Good fun! It's pretty late
right now so going to bed..Hoping to catch up on my journal tomorow. Were into the big hills already! Staying at the Cookie Lady's house tomorrow :) Night!
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We dipped our tires in the Atlantic yesterday
at mile zero in Yorktown, VA! I'll have the chance to write more tomorrow when we reach Ashland. About to go to bed and it's only 845. Today we went 50 miles, mostly along car free bike paths. Very nice!

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Meeting the group

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Just want to say, I think everyone on this tour is great!! We had the official meeting this afternoon at 4pm, but I
had already bumped into Lee and Mort first and then Joe, Will, Jack and Olaf while I was wandering around Colonial Williamsburg.

Here's a photo of Lee and Mort :)



Grams and Gramps have been invited to the group dinner at 7pm! So we're getting ready for that now.
I'm so glad they get to meet everyone before we head off. They are also planning to drive to Yorktown tomorrow morning for the ceremonious dipping of the tires in the Atlantic. The weather is supposed to be really nice for that.

I didn't have the chance to post yesterday. Here's a nice picture of us at Buckroe Beach, where G'pa used to spend his summers as a kid. We also visited Pungoteague Elementary School where Gramp's father taught a class 100 years ago. It was a lot of fun and he really enjoyed reminiscing. Heading to dinner now.
Love you all and miss you.




Driving to VA

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Hello. I just downloaded the livejournal app on my iPhone. Testing it out now! I'm in the car with he G'rents driving through Delaware. First stop Onancock, VA, and then off to Williamsburg tomorrow. I'm really excited it's finally here!

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