Well, it's about 4PM and I'm sitting beneath the towering oaks of
Pamunky Woods, which is the tent area of a campground that seems like
it's in the median strip of Interstate 95, south of Ashland, Virginia.
I have the place to myself. The ambience is industrial/urban/jake
brake, with touch back-up warning beeper.
This is the first day of my shakedown cruise, which is about
finishing my west to east crossing of America before I start. That way,
when I finally drag my sorry butt over the Blue Ridge and back to
Charlottesville in Septmber, I won't have to get back on the bike the
next day and ride to Yorktown.
For a first day on the road, I could ask for better. Clear
skies, bright sunshine, not too hot, not too humid. I left home around
8:30. Had to wait for a train in Gordonsville, stoppd in Trevillians
and again in Beaverdam to eat peanutbutter & bannana sandwiches,
and here I am 80 miles later not too much the worse for wear.
If today is representative of what's in store for the rest of
the transAmerica trip, I have nothing to worry about. Perfect weather,
a tail wind much of the time, no rabid dogs or drivers. I only managed
to get lost once, when I was daydreaming or something and missed turn.
That excursion only cost me 5 miles or so but hey, the wind was blowing
in the right direction!
It's time to prepare the evening feast (pasta stew, what else?). Tomorrow, on to Williamsburg.
(I've learned the limitations of my cell phone camera, I'll be using a real camera on the big trip.)