Sunday May 17, 2009, 29 miles (47 km) – Total so far: 265 miles (426 km)
After the wonderful breakfast Tom and Susan gave us, we hit the road. Back through White Hall, up and over a ridge into what I guess qualifies as Greenwood.
Then the climb of the day started into Afton, VA. IIRC, Afton was a key railroad town when steam engines ruled, and the main C&O route crossed the Blue Ridge here. Sure wish we could have ridden the 2-3% rail grade! I ran out of gears, and it’s pretty tough pushing a loaded bike up a road that’s too steep to pedal!
We stopped at June Curry’s house, the famous “Cookie Lady.” All Mrs. Curry did was offer bikers a place to get water and cookies, and she’s famous for it. I know it sounds almost trite, but this lady, going out of her way to help passing cyclists, has her own award named after her from ACA. She now has a bikers’ house, five rooms completely crammed full of memorabilia.
Mrs. Curry’s quite a storyteller, and we enjoyed hearing about some of the characters she’s hosted, as well as how some of them have helped her out as she’s aged.
Finally, we climbed up again — yes, walking part of the way — and crested Rockfish Gap. Hard to find on a map or on google; northeast of here is Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park, and southwest is the Blue Ridge Parkway. Unfortunately, there are no services here, and I was still beat from yesterday, so we coasted downhill into Waynesboro; hotel, laundry, FOOD! Virginia was riding strongly today, I hope I can keep up with her tomorrow.