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Up bright and early to get on the road for a long day's riding.
Nice cup of coffee and toast with Tom & Gillian this morning before heading off.
Unfortunately it started to rain just as Tom was driving me back to my bike.
Waited until the rain eased off ...
... t too dramatic on their own but the backdrops really set them off. Sunburst falls flowed below an old bridge and you can view the falls both above and below the bridge (with a little careful rock climbing). French Broad Cascade flows past and old mill and is joined by another cascade so you get two for one. Unfortunately the mill wheel has been removed and a new bridge has been built over the falls so it has lost a bit of the charm from some of the photos Damien saw while planning ...
Today is the last rest day of the ride. We're near Christianburg, Virginia, a town probably most famous for being the home of Virginia Tech, a big-name university just down the road.
More chillingly, the University was the site of a murder-suicide which left 32 students dead in 2007. I'm sure you heard about it in the news at the time!!
The riding has been tough for ...
... water. Jim was in a lot of back pain and checked out most of the time. I emotionally dyregulated and felt alone and self pity. Period started. Explored Christianburg annd Blacksburg. Visited Smith Plantation near VT. Enjoyed Roaonoke's Market Square on the way ...
... call "easy" a lot of the time), it also has less views than previous states. Virginia, according to trail lore, is a big test of willpower, as more than 550 miles of the trail are in the state, and a lot of those miles suffer the problems I just described. Hikers get very tired of Virginia after hiking more than a quarter of the trail in one state. Although I have definitely been feeling a lot more bored with the actual hiking part of hiking the Appalachian Trail, ...