Day 52, Are we there yet?

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We wish that we could spend more time here with Eric and Meg, but we’ll just have to come back and visit sometime soon – with our car. We hung out and got a late start this morning. Eric is coming with us for one last ride, 75 miles to Mineral VA. We ate a great breakfast and got on the road around 11am.

Our ride today took us through rolling hills, past some fancy Virginia homes that look like plantations and through Charlottesville. Now that we’re out of the mountains, the most difficult terrain we have to face is the occassional steep hill. We feel so close to the end of our trip, now we just have to put in the mileage.

In Charlottesville, we stopped for a quick snack at a bagel shop with “NY style” bagels. They were fresh and better than any bagel I have had in a really long time, and they did rival many of the actual NY bagels I have eaten. Once outside of Charlottesville, we passed by Monticello (the historic home of Jefferson) and Ashlawn (the home of Monroe). The weather today is beautiful, and except for the increase in traffic, this is really the ideal for bike riding.

We made it to Mineral and set up our tent outside the volunteer fire department. We were even able to use their showers. Meg drove out with the kids to pick up Eric. It’s too bad they couldn’t stay longer. Mike and I headed over to the local diner, but they were closed, no worries, we feasted on hotdogs, hamburgers and icecream at the shop across the street. They even had my favorite flavor – chocolate peanut butter. Tomorrow we head for Mechanicsville, outside Richmond. I am so anxious, I can hardly stand it!

-Sarah

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