Tuesday, July 27, 2010
we got up around 8:30ish to pack up and eat some breakfast before we setoff towards dc. we said goodbye and thanked our wonderful host, sarah, when she headed off to work. we got underway and it was a very hot and muggy day already. we were biking on a very heavy trafficked highway that would lead us all the way to dc so that was good to have pretty much a straight shot there. we were about 20 miles or so away from warrenton and evan's backtire to give us some more grief and a spoke was broken. we were shocked and upset cause it just doesn't make any sense so we busted out our trusty "bike broke" cardboard sign that we've had since before cedar city, utah but we didn't expect much of anything to come from it since it was a roaring highway. after some time we founded out there was a bike shop maybe 3 miles away so we were just getting ready to start walking when 3 different vehicles stopped to pick us up; the first was a small car that would take awhile unpacking and trying to fit 2 bikes and gear in it, the second was a van that we thought had an empty back (it wasn't empty but didn't know until later), then after we agreed to the van a truck offered but had to take a u-turn to get to us but we told him we'd take the van up. evan somehow crammed his bike into the van and set himself in a contorted way while i started to bike towards manassas which was still 7-10 miles away. evan got his spoke fixed and retrued and i met up with him at the bike shop. we then started our way back up to washington dc. we stopped off at a mcdonalds to get out of the heat and i grabbed some extra calories. the traffic died off after manassas for a bit then it picked back up and got more and more hectic the closer we got to dc. we were just taking hwy 50 and were a few miles out of dc when a cop car pulled up and told me the road was too dangerous and had no shoulder and that he would escort us the rest of the way into dc. i was shocked cause i thought he was going to tell us to get off the highway but he was cool about it. he followed us and guided us with his loud speaker and no cars messed with us or got in our way so we had our own lane and traffic pretty much stayed behind us. when we crossed the bridge he said, "have a safe trip" and jetted off to who knows where. it was a pretty epic way to enter the capital. we found our way to our couchsurfing house to unpack all of our gear and find a bike shop so evan could get a new back rim. we spent a good 2 hours at the bike shop then struggled for an hour or more to find a place to eat dinner. we decided on a mexican restaurant that was super good but when you walked into it you would think it would be a cheap place but it was pretty expensive. just a different adjustment coming to a big city instead of being in smaller towns. we then headed back to the house to meet our wonderful hosts! we enjoyed getting to know gil and nancy; we sat in the living room and chatted for a couple hours about our trip, their lives, d.c. and any other topic we stumbled across. we then decided we should get some sleep to conquer tomorrow.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
we didn't get much sleep last night either because it was so hot, we were sleeping on concrete, and we were literally right next to the tracks where they hookup the trains together so they were either honking their horns all night or slamming into one another. then people started coming to the park to walk around it and the path led them right next to our tent and its so hot out we are both in our underwear so we got up and got dressed so we wouldn't scare anybody or get arrested. we packed up and i got some milk at the store so we had cereal for breakfast. then a bus full of kids pulled up and took over the pavilion where we were so we headed out. today we were just going to have another short day to vesuvius but we took some alternative routes that made it a lot faster so we headed all the way to waynesboro which bypassed the blue ridge mountains which was our last big climb for the rest of the trip! we tried to go see the natural bridge but they were charging for that and the wax museum so we passed on through. when we got into waynesboro we grabbed a blizzard to cool off then hit up a cool bookstore/soup shop where we chilled for an hour or so. there was supposed to be a church hostel but they were closed till next year so we found a camping spot next to the ymca. we then found a chinese buffet and refueled. it was dark when we got to the campsite so we setup the tent and i took some pics while evan called some friends. we then tried to get some sleep.