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Cycling / 27.05.2011

By 7 am I had already left the Apple Motel, ridden the 5 miles back to mileposts 116 where I had attempted to camp and back up past Roanoke Mountain to my room at the Apple. I packed up and checked out of the room. I ate breakfast at the Wal-Mart Subway Sandwich shop across the street. Bet you didn't know that there was a Wal-Mart on the USA's crown jewel roadway. It was a very hot day and I was soon into a long tough climb. There were...

Cycling / 26.05.2011

It was well past 9 pm and dark when two police cars with lights flashing pulled up in front on the Parkway. Another car pulled up behind my spot on the dirt road with headlights turned in my direction. I walked up to the dirt road while putting on my shirt and trying to look respectable. The guy on the road was a neighbor. Only the woods are visible and I don't see a neighborhood. The police join us and tell me that I am on Parkway land...

Cycling / 25.05.2011

Blue Ridge Parkway - Day 5 Rode my bike the mile to H&H in Big Island, VA for a big breakfast of veggie omelet, grits, biscuit, pancake, and coffee. I am writing this entry while laying in my hammock by the lake at Otter Peaks after a Veggie plate lunch (mostly startches). In between I found wild strawberries on the side of the parkway. The highlight so far was 12 miles straight of climbing that took me from 650 ft elev to 3950 ft elevation. That is from...

Cycling / 25.05.2011

Blue Ridge Parkway - Day 4 Today I am at the low point of my ride. No, I am not depressed. I am at the lowest point of the Blue Ridge Parkway at the James River, elevation 668 feet. Tomorrow I start of the day by a climb to the highest point on the Parkway in Virginia. Grace Lutheran Church hostel provided breakfast with plenty of coffee. I had 2 bowls of nut and granola cereal with whole milk. I haven't had whole milk in years and I enjoyed it....