28. May 2016 · Comments Off on Day 21 – May 28 – Afton to Glen Allen – 85 miles · Categories: 2016 Ride

We could tell that we are coming back into civilization by the number of local cyclists out for day trips we saw this morning. It was nice to see busy roads full of cyclists of all different shapes and sizes.

IMG_2201 200I had a hard time getting going this morning and the first few miles I just inched along. I ate stingers and energy goo and still had a hard time getting the engine going.

Heather called and told me that up the road was a farm stand that sold peach smoothies so we stopped and had one while Heather ate fresh strawberries.

I continued through small farms and some nice neighbourhoods as the heat started to build. Although it was hot, the terrain was level after leaving the Blue Ridge Mountains behind.

IMG_2228 200The area of Virginia we are travelling through is where the first European settlers arrived. They stayed along the coast and didn’t go past the Blue Ridge Mountains as all their needs were met in this area.

There is a lot of history here and we went by one of President Thomas Jefferson’s houses … Monticello.

President James Munro also had a house in the area – Ash Land-Highlawn – and I took a picture of the sign.

glensign 200The route also took us through Charlottesville, home of University of Virginia. A true university town feel as there was lots of activity including a couple of markets.

The route continued on through more small farms and there were several local cyclists travelling the roads.

A nice stop at Lake Anna had me envious of the jet skiers and boaters out on the lake cooling off. Our final stop today was north of Richmond in Glen Allen.

To get to Yorktown I travel 83 miles on paved, dedicated cycling trails tomorrow. No more trucks, riding on the interstate, cracked pavement or near-death experiences from drivers seeing how close they can get to me. Tomorrow will be easy – that is if I can find my way and don’t start heading west!

This is certainly an area that Heather and I would like to come back to and learn more of the early American history. Being Canadian we didn’t learn much about U.S. history.

It’s has been a great trip and seeing the United States in 150 mile increments allowed us to experience so much. Heather and I have enjoyed our time together and sharing this great adventure.

Not sure what time I will be in Yorktown tomorrow but there is rain on the way so my plan is to start riding when the sun comes up so I can beat the heat and the rain.

Until tomorrow …

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