Trip Log – Day 273 – Rixeyville VA to Charlottesville VA

To CharlotteAugust 4, 2016 – Overcast, 80 degrees

Miles Today: 55

Miles to Date: 13,901

States to Date: 38

IMG_7411My hosts, Kathy and Robert, served a breakfast of eggs and scrapple, muffins and fresh fruit with yogurt that rivaled the garden fresh vegetables and chicken we enjoyed the night before. I rolled away from their farm well nourished for a ride through more of Virginia’s bike friendly byways. Motorists here are very nice; slowing down in tight spots and pulling up beside me to chat through open windows. Eventually I merged with US 29 South, which was picturesque for a few hours. Ten miles or so outside of Charlottesville, the traffic increased and the shoulder decreased, until construction made it disappear altogether. I was disappointed to find that a huge road project to accommodate the increasing number of cars to the big box chains littering the highway included absolutely no provisions for cyclists: no bike paths, no bike lanes, not even a clear shoulder.

I love the quirky signs I pass in rural areas. It’s comforting to know that God is going to help us in disaster, Jesus has rooms available, and that chili and cheese are yours at 7-11 for the push of a button.

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I had a premonition that my warmshowers host for the evening was an iffy thing: a Chinese student arranged for me to stay with her parents. I figured if it panned out, we might have a fascinating cross-cultural exchange. No such luck. Her parents spoke no English. Her younger brother guided me to a solitary place for the night. All fine and safe: just not very interesting.

 

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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