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Day 4 – Living it up

(52 miles)

Once again we rose with the dawn, packed up dew-laden tents and munched a couple of pop-tarts and cereal bars before setting off.

Most of Virginia’s roads are so smooth – they’re a pleasure to ride on. Our route to Charlottesville took us through rolling countryside but about every two miles we plunged down into a valley to cross a creek/river and then back up again. All good practice for what lies ahead.

This was the hottest day so far but we made good progress and arrived in Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, around mid-afternoon. After failing on various fronts to find a cheap/free place to stay, Jeff casually announces he has 4 free nights at the Courtyard Marriott hotel on his rewards card so we may as well all stay there! 30 minutes later we were wheeling our bikes through the hotel lobby and up to our rooms. What a result! So don’t feel too bad for me roughing it all the time…

We took the free trolley bus (or hobo bus as I’m sure the locals call it…) downtown for a much needed dinner of burgers and (ludicrously large portions of) fries. As promised, I’m sticking with my burger diet. They truly are the food of champions.

On the way back, Matt and Parry happened to speak to a couple of women tourists (all the way from West Virginia – way to be adventurous…) who got very excited that we were biking across country and insisted on having their pictures taken with us. About 10 pictures. Each. It was all I could do to stifle my giggles.

There was just time for a soak in the hot tub before snuggling up in the double bed with Matt. Sorry – no photos of either of those.

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Parry does a spot of hotel bike-maintenance

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I'm sure the hotel staff were delighted to see us...

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Yeah - don't feel too sorry for us

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Group pose

 

2 Responses to “Day 4 – Living it up”

  1. Neil Sneade says:

    That’s a very understanding hotel, letting you turn their room into a bike maintenance shop.

  2. Jessie says:

    YES! You’re eating Poptarts. Great style.

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