Radford, VA to Wytheville, VA
Our alarm was set for 9 am. We both couldn't and didn't sleep a wink past 8 o'clock. Taking yesterday afternoon and this morning off in an attempt at regaining some needed strength and rest was a gamble. By not taking a full rest day we'd be saving a day, while maximizing our time in the hotel. But will it be enough? We have a relaxing morning with free continental breakfast and mind numbing television.
This is how we felt being on our own again, not having the other cyclists around. Don't get me wrong, it's great having that instant connection with someone. That shared experience which enriches everyone's adventure. And I am looking forward to seeing our friends again further down the road. However, for the moment being on our own again feels like our adventure has started anew.
The scenery and weather today are ideal. There's a slight breeze with sunny skies and an occasional fluffy white cloud. The formidable mountains we crossed over three days ago have mellowed into soft rolling hills. We pass manicured wheat fields intermixed with dairy farms and old churches. Next to each church lies a fenced in cemetery. The openness of the land and the uniqueness of each headstone make the cemeteries an inviting place as opposed to a solemn one.
Average speed: 9.8 mph
Max speed: 35.9 mph