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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....

Cycling / 23.05.2011

Blue Ridge Parkway Bike Ride - More Day 2 Leeds Manor Road skirting Naked Mountain on the ride to Front Royal easily had the steepest climbs of the day. The slopes on Skyline drive were easily conquered. I rode through two downpours on Skyline Drive; one soon after the start and one toward the end. Two more deer on Skyline bringing the day's total to 18. The best wildlife sighting happened near SD mile marker 25. I was silently cruising down a mountain when a black bear ran into...

Cycling / 23.05.2011

It rained during the night. More lightening than rain and I stayed dry. I was up at 5 AM. A tame dear stalked my camp looking for a handout. Shortly after 6 AM I had finished oatmeal and coffee and was on my bike. By 8:30 AM I was eating my 2nd breakfast of 2 eggs and French toast. Met several a thru hikers including Curmudgeon during my tuna salad lunch. Wildlife included a beautiful turkey gobble. On the bike you hear all of the birds....

Cycling / 22.05.2011

May 21 and 22 has been spent riding 93 miles from Union Station in Washington DC to Skyline Dr in Front Royal, VA. After deboarding train and putting on pedals, handlebar, panniers, etc. I charged into DC traffic and was soon riding past the Supreme Court, Capitol building, Smithsonian, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial. As usual, tourists were in force. A few willing tourists agreed to snap my photo, all foreigners, from Austria and Italy. After crossing the Potomac, I followed the river upstream on the very narrow...