Stormy Cycling in the Appalachian Foothills
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Madison Pittsburgh KOA Kampground
Ice-cream milkshakes at our first stop fuelled us until lunch at 18 miles. There, we virtuously munched down some wraps rather than the 2 for 99 cent hotdogs which first caught our eye. It started to rain really heavily at this point and two completely mad, but very amusing chaps sat down to shelter with us. It turned out they were uncle and nephew and used to spend a lot of time drinking together until the nephew gave up the sauce
The last 16 miles were grey, drizzly and painful. A serious thunderstorm gathered as we had 3 miles to go and we limped up yet another hill into the KOA once again ducking lightning strikes. Due to the terrible weather conditions, we decided to give the poor tent a rest for the night and have taken a little cabin – luxury!
The trip feels a bit strange at the moment as we’ve planned out exactly where we’ll stay for each of the 9 cycling days we have left. This means that we really have to stick to it – no getting tired and stopping early. We weren’t expecting to be hit by these hills and apparently we’ve still got to get over the actual Appalachians and the Blue Mountains as well. By the time we arrive in New York we will have ridden for 23 days without a break. I think it’s a really good thing, because we’re so tired we’ve no energy to start worrying about going back to work/finding a job. We are however getting seriously excited about seeing friends and family.
Anyway, I’ve got to go and eat now. Michael has prepared yet another delicious orange/yellow supper of tinned chilli, sweetcorn and packet rice. Mmmmmm… Can’t wait for some home cooking!
Miles Cycled; 35 excruciatingly hilly miles
No. of times beeped and sworn at: twice, but we’re still too exhausted to even care.