Day 8: Helpful Thomas & Heat Exhaustion: Christianburg,VA to Wytheville,VA

57 miles (92 km) – Total so far: 464 miles (747 km) The plan today was for solid mileage and a moderate recovery from yesterday’s 80+ mile hilly bonanza. The reality was that the accumulated fatigue really hit me hard. I had a good ride up until the last 20 miles, but my body hasContinue reading “Day 8: Helpful Thomas & Heat Exhaustion: Christianburg,VA to Wytheville,VA”

Day 7: Geology, and high Ground: Natural Bridge, VA to Christianburg, VA

81 miles (130 km) – Total so far: 407 miles (655 km) Right out of the gate I felt much stronger than any day up to this point. I was back to taking the uphills with some aggressive cadence instead of just hoping and praying the top would come soon. I credit the change toContinue reading “Day 7: Geology, and high Ground: Natural Bridge, VA to Christianburg, VA”

Day 6: Farmland, Friends, and Foals: Vesuvius, VA to Natural Bridge, VA

36 miles (58 km) – Total so far: 326 miles (525 km) The theme of today was leisurely riding. Perhaps a little too leisurely. I woke up around 4:30 with my body telling me it was time to start rolling. Unfortunately, the B&B didn’t serve the &B until 8:30. Rather than toss and turn, IContinue reading “Day 6: Farmland, Friends, and Foals: Vesuvius, VA to Natural Bridge, VA”

Day 5: Elevation: Afton, VA to Vesuvius VA

31 miles (50 km) – Total so far: 290 miles (467 km) Leaving Afton this morning, I was filled with dread for the upcoming crossing of the Eastern Appalachian range. The route goes up to and then along the Blue Ridge parkway for about 25 miles and then over a pass and into the townContinue reading “Day 5: Elevation: Afton, VA to Vesuvius VA”

Day 4: Determination and Developing Muscles: Mineral, VA to Afton, Va

81 miles (130 km) – Total so far: 259 miles (417 km) Knowing today was going to be a long day with a moderate amount of vertical climbs into the foothills I got an early start. 10.5 hours later, I want to smack that snotty little twerp that used the words “moderate” and “foothills” toContinue reading “Day 4: Determination and Developing Muscles: Mineral, VA to Afton, Va”

Day 3: Choices and County Fairs: Ashland, VA to Mineral, VA

40 miles (64 km) – Total so far: 178 miles (286 km) Last night, as I rolled into the campground I met three fellow bike tourers. John, from Peoria and a married couple from Switzerland, Ruedi & Heida. We all headed out to a Pizza Hut for dinner. Where I proceeded to convince them toContinue reading “Day 3: Choices and County Fairs: Ashland, VA to Mineral, VA”

Day 2: Battlefields and Bailing Weight: Jamestown, VA to Ashland,VA

63 miles (101 km) – Total so far: 138 miles (222 km) Camping the first night after a strenuous ride was great. I slept soundly and woke up with only minor soreness. As I mussed about with getting my stuff all organized and packed away I thought again, ‘I’ve got too much crap’. Less stuffContinue reading “Day 2: Battlefields and Bailing Weight: Jamestown, VA to Ashland,VA”

Day 1- Atlantic Dip and Across Rivers: Virginia Beach to Jamestown

Virginia Day 1- Jamestown, VA Day 2- Ashland, VA Day 3- Mineral, VA Day 4- Afton, VA Day 5- Vesuvius, VA Day 6- Natural Bridge, VA Day 7- Christianburg, VA Day 8- Wytheville, VA Day 10- Rosedale, VA Day 11- Duffield, VA Day 12- Cumberland National Park, VA Day 1- Atlantic Dip and Across Rivers:Continue reading “Day 1- Atlantic Dip and Across Rivers: Virginia Beach to Jamestown”

Day 0: The incredible adventures of getting a recumbent bike to VA Beach

Getting a ‘bent 1,000 miles and setup at the end of the day is a beast. The adventure started yesterday with an early cab ride to O’hare to pick up a minivan. Fortunately they upgraded my minivan to a large 8 passenger. Which turns out to be critically valuable because the bike just barely fit.Continue reading “Day 0: The incredible adventures of getting a recumbent bike to VA Beach”

Equipment list: Optimizing function, weight, and comfort instead of cost

This original equipment list post has been replaced by my final equipment list and a section on what changed.  Check out the new list here: Final Equipment List     ————————————Original Post Below ——————————–     I’m combining a minimalist mentality with an ultralight backpacking gear outlook. I’ve based my purchases on three criteria: function,Continue reading “Equipment list: Optimizing function, weight, and comfort instead of cost”