Short but hard day into Fort Chiswell, VA

Thursday May 21, 2009, 38 miles (61 km) – Total so far: 462 miles (744 km)

I took some time getting out of bed at my sister’s house this morning.  She put us up last night, so it was afternoon until we got on the road.  Still, it was good to see her and the girls.

The first 8 miles or so were lovely, mostly downhill to Radford, then riding along the New River (the oldest in North America, of course!).  Then we hit hills, in the heat of the day, and things got tough.

The trail took mostly quiet, country roads.  I was surprised to see there was still a road where the old Wilderness Road had been (state route 100).  There were a few rollers, but a couple of major hills.  I was overheating, and Virginia wasn’t much better.

The road leads upwards

The views from the top were magnificent. You could see for miles and miles — across the New River Valley and maybe the ridge in the back was the north side of the Blue Ridge.

View from the top

The last few miles were right alongside the interstate.  I guess it’s good to know how much we rely on hearing motorized vehicles, because when an interstate is right next to you, you can’t tell if it’s something to worry about or just another big rig going by.

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