Charlottesville, VA to Afton, VA
We left Charlottesville with a low mileage but extreme elevation day ahead. Only 29 miles to Afton, with roughly 3500 feet of elevation gain. The five of us started together again, however, it didn't take long before Lauren and Eric disappeared over the horizon. The day started with moderate hills leaving the town, when we took our first of four lengthy breaks. At a country store, old men sat on the porch and gossiped like little schoolgirls. They laughed, waved and hollered at every car that drove by. In return every car smiled and had a wisecrack to throw their way as well. What an existence, like a place lost in time.
We continued only to be halted by a fresh fruit stand. I yelled to Becky "No fruit for you!" But of course we got fruit... And cider... And donuts. The man working there was very friendly and interested in our adventure. He allowed me to ride my bike through the peach orchard. Oh yeah!
We sat at the post office. The cool pavement in the shade was a welcoming reprieve from the sweltering sun. Break number four. The hill was steep, very steep. A few hairpin turns were signed 10 mph for cars. My legs had been racing, while the bike computer only registered 3.5 mph. I could walk faster than this, but wasn't going to. Somewhere behind me I knew Becky was walking. She had proclaimed from the start that she had no shame in walking. Good for her I thought, she'll probably end up passing me anyway.
Average speed: 8.8 mph
Max speed: 33.3 mph