Oct 9th-Rode 53 miles! Crossed 1600' mountain peak over the Shenandoah, Appalachian and Alleghany mountains. The roads are packed with "Leaf-Lookers". Bad side road shoulders, but still looks like I'm riding through a postcard.
Slept under a bridge last night. Today much less traffic; Although still beautiful country, the towns look like they never recovered from the crash of 1929. Hmmm....
I thought the 1600 foot peak was high, until I pedaled up the highest road in Maryland...3,000 feet up! (Cheat Mountain) Felt like 5 miles up and 5 miles down...actually it was! Going up at 3mph, going down at 30mph! Steep up and steep down. Crossed into the same 3 states 6 times. Had to take naps in the middle of the day to make it though.
I decided to quit the ride as I stayed under the bridge last night, but changed my mind this morning. I don't know how to describe it...like going back in time; farms, mountains, huge trees, forests....truly amazing.
A chipmunk scurried out of the way as I sped down the shoulder, and scolded me as I rode by!