Suffolk, VA! :)

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 23:51

After a good day of riding, on a solid tube!, got to Suffolk, Virginia! :)
Tried some regional barbecue with a vinegar-based sauce, which differs from various other styles of BBQ.
This area has really wide shoulders, a pleasant change of pace from many of the further inland areas I've been riding.
In getting through the ongoing stretch, I've had to learn a few new skills, for example to install that solid tube. It's tough making it out here, but it sure pays dividends in the forms of the amazing scenery and folks.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Hot and Humid in Virginia! :)

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 22:46

Re-re-re-crossed the border (sorry, lost track of number of times), now in Franklin, VA!!! :)
It's extremely hot and humid out, makes it hard to do anything but lie around, let alone ride a bike long distance under the sun, and with sudden thunderstorms breaking out... Yet it's so wonderfully beautiful to travel through the landscapes, meet the local people, experience the diversity of life.
Here, in eastern NC/VA, I've seen lots of farms, looks like tons of corn and soy lately, giant trees I'm not sure the names of, many brilliantly colorful dragonflies, and a lot of Revolutionary and Civil War history.
Bike's been grinding it out... After the last flat, I installed a new product, which I've been curious to try for a long time... a solid inner tube! (I got mine on clearance at Walmart.) According to the box, it "WILL NEVER GO FLAT", so hopefully this should improve the riding going forward. So far, so smooth...

Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

North Carolina Again!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 14:35

After riding up to Virginia, I'm now detouring briefly through North Carolina, on my way back to the coast. There are a few cool towns on this side of the border, making it worthwhile to twist a little on the way. Then, back up to VA! :)
On this little NC run, I've seen beautiful rivers, forests, eagles, farms, towns, and people!!! :)

Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!! :)

Carrying on! :)

Submitted by eagle on Sat, 08/06/2016 - 15:28

Moving through a few more small towns... Now in Emporia, Virginia...
Yesterday, passing by a tobacco farm, I tried chewing on a bit of fresh leaf. Woah! It felt like smoking ten cigarettes at once. Maybe that has more to do with how many years it's been since I smoked a cigarette, I don't know the nicotine content of the leaf (or if it's safe!)...
Today, I heard some music while looking at a mural with musicians on it, and after a bunch of clouds it's finally sunnying up again! :)

Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!! :)

Town & Country! :)

Submitted by eagle on Thu, 08/04/2016 - 17:38

Riding through small towns and the countryside, this region is gorgeous. Hills, fields, beautiful old buildings, it's a real treat, and the people are so friendly.
Now in South Hill, Virginia, a really lovely town. Going to head east, over to the coast, if I can get the bike in good enough condition. :)

By the way, recently went through Soul City, a utopian idea for a place...
I recently got a tube of Crest Be Adventurous Mint Chocolate Trek Flavor Toothpaste (on discount, not at the listed price). Oh my goodness!!! It tastes like ice cream. I want to keep on brushing and brushing my teeth. I will have the cleanest teeth in the world, although maybe not the healthiest insides after all that toothpaste...

Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Louisburg, NC!!! :)

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 01:38

More tough going! :)
After Wake Forest, rode on a little while, before encountering some more bicycle issues… went hitchhiking, to Louisburg, North Carolina…
Now sitting inside, thankfully! :)

Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!! :)