Better night. Foggy morning; ethereal. Narrow roads & log trucks. Piney draft. Dirt roads, farms. SC Sandhills. Intermittent rain.
stress-nightmares-grumpy morning. Trouble finding H2O; soda. Gross. Hot&swampier. Uwharrie over developed. Late sun helped mood.
relaxing Xmas. Short day through the <3 of NC. Gentle hills and swampy weather. Day ended with flooded dirt road. Uwharrie tomorrow!
Jim may actually be directly responsible for this trip. On a ride along the Monongahela bike trail several years ago one us that suggested that we ought to bike from Pittsburgh to D.C. for a Society of Neuroscience conference. We were able to con our friend and coworker Matt to come with us too. It was my first honest to goodness camping and bike touring experience! We ended up pulling two centuries and two 80 mile days to get to D.C. in time. On the first night, and my first time setting up a tent, I neglected to stake the fly and created a personal sauna which Eagle scout Jim thought was hilarious. Matt’s rear derailleur fell victim to a particularly vicious stick just as we hit the D.C. suburbs. Upon arriving at our hotel our mentor, Doug, rewarded us all with Stone IPAs and I spent the better part of the following week sleeping.
In Pittsburgh (and probably DC) this trip is not unusual and perhaps even a rite of passage. Folks ride the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Towpath and come back changed and so it was with me.