August 8, 2018
Charlottesville – Ashland
155 km (96 miles)
1462 m (4795 feet) elevation
6:25 moving time
6774 km (4210 miles)
Another beautiful day of riding in Virginia. We had some short but steep climbs early on but then we got to enjoy some nice descents.
We didn’t stop for many photos since most of the scenery is similar to what we have been seeing for the last days. We just rode on the backroads with little traffic knowing that today would be the second to last day of our journey. We were able to ride side by side and talking, which is something we haven’t been able to do for a while. We had missed those moments so it was great to have them again.
We had planned on riding to Ashland (150 km) or Mechanicsville (175 km) but as we were getting close to Ashland a local warned us of a 4 o’clock thunderstorm so we decided to take an early rest and be as fresh as possible for our last riding day tomorrow. It was a really hot and humid day so we stopped in a McDonald’s for a shake and soda with multiple refills before checking in to a motel.
We got news from our friend who was bit by the dog in Missouri that he has decided to stop his journey and go home to get a rabies shot. Really sorry for him and it is sad how much the dogs are a threat in Missouri and Kentucky. It probably helped us that we were two riding together and therefore a bigger threat to the dogs.
Our last ride of the journey is tomorrow and will be approximately 156 km but according to our maps the elevation change will only be 800 m so we are hoping for a leisurely and smooth ride. Hope to reach the Yorktown Victory Monument before 17 o’clock. It is somewhat surreal to realize that after 53 days of riding that this adventure is coming to a close! At this moment some people experience a feeling of sadness but we are full of excitement!