3 States and 333 Hills

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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KOA Washington

Flag of United States  , Pennsylvania
Sunday, August 14, 2011

Trying to light a campfire last night became a very embarrassing affair. I was on my knees huffing and puffing for half an hour trying to get it to catch.  A very helpful American then offered a dry bundle of wood to help me out (obviously my efforts were being monitored by the nearby campers).  Half an hour later and the dry bundle of wood turned out to be as wet as the logs I had started out with.  Then another friendly camper popped across.  He offered stacks of newspaper and a bundle of dry wood.  Now the pressure was really on to get things going.  With all eyes on the next attempt, I did the sensible thing and let Polly take over.  Within minutes we had a roaring fire and celebrated by buying marshmallows and toasting them until we could eat no more.

The restful evening did not last for long as we were then hit by an almighty storm.  Once again I did the manly thing as the thunder and lightning came crashing down upon the tent.  I pulled the sleeping bag over my head and put my hands over my ears.  The rain was so hard it was actually raining inside the tent.  Another far from peaceful night.

We left the beautiful camping spot behind to follow my carefully planned back route out of the state park.  My sneaky shortcut would return us to the main Route 40 in a much more advanced position than if we had to leave via the park entrance which we came in on last night. Unfortunately, 4 miles later we were back at the camp entrance.  My shortcut was not where the map said it would be and we had cycled 4 miles of short steep hills with absolutely no gain.  Just what you want when faced with a 55 mile day ahead.

It was a testing start, but nothing compared to what the day had in store for us.  I cannot explain how exhausting it has been.  So much for Sunday being the day of rest.  We have spent 8 hours on the bikes and it has felt like we have been cycling uphill for those entire 8 hours.  Our fitness was tested to the max and we were on our knees when we approached the campsite (which was of course at the top of another hill).  When checking in, Polly was so tired she could not even answer when the lady asked for her name.

I cannot write anymore as my body is about to stop working.

Miles Cycled; 63 and it has nearly finished us

No. of times beeped and sworn at:  several times but I was far too exhausted to respond
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Jojo on

Oh Drear - you poor worn out things. Just think - now only 437 miles to go and you have a luxury hostel awaiting you and Central Park, Statue of Liberty and all those shops! The 27th seems to be geting closer at an increased speed so I must get CJB to get trike into action! All love Jojo

Andrew on

Quality stuff guys - not long til the Big Apple....you're not going anywhere near Baltimore or DC are you? You meeting anyone in NYC?

pollyandmikey on

Unfortuntaley going to miss Dan Stallian, DC is too far down.

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