Day 23, Aug 9th
Start: Athens, OH
Finish: Elkins, WV
Elevation Gain: 6600'
350 Beverly Pike
Elkins, WV 26241
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ride featured one of the best cycling roads I've ever
ridden. At any other time, I probably also would have
found it to be one of the toughest rides I've done. But
after 22 days of long distance riding, I still felt fine
at the end.
morning started out cool and foggy. The dew point was
the same as the temperature, and the fog
leads a paceline on a beautiful road in southeast Ohio
condensed on our sunglasses, helmets, bikes, etc. But
the scenery was beautiful. We rode through a couple of
small towns and pretty wooded areas before coming out on
Rt 50 which we followed for the next 65 miles.
of this distance, Rt 50 is a 4-lane highway so we did a
lot of shoulder riding. The scenery wasn't
wildflowers in West Virginia
the hills were long gradual 6-8 percent climbs which are
the kind I like, but it was still a highway.
before lunch, we turned onto a small rural road which we
would follow for about 25 miles. This was just about the
perfect cycling road - lots of rollers and twisties with
a few longer climbs and descents, almost perfect
asphalt, lots of trees for shade, beautiful scenery, and
almost no traffic. I wish we could have spent the day
riding roads like this, but Lon said this would take too
long to cross the state. They are, however, considering
splitting this leg into two 100 mile days all on this
kind of rural road for a future trip.
45 miles was more highway shoulder riding with some
significant climbs. We were fortunate to have about 10
miles where we had a freshly paved lane to ourselves
(they still had the construction cones blocking it off
to traffic), but we also had quite a few miles of
crushed stone (unpaved) shoulder that we had to slog
I made it
to the motel at 4:45 in time for my massage. Tomorrow's
ride should be very nice - lots of climbing on nice
roads over the Appalachians. While the day has the most
climbing of the trip, it's also the shortest day we've
had since very early in the trip.
the birthday boy, turned 48 today
Interesting window on this church
light fog this morning was condensing on everything -
sunglasses, helmets, bike. etc.
from MI climbing the hill right before lunch
scenery in West Virginia was very beautiful along the
road we rode just before and after lunch
and Elizabeth, the Maryland contingent
climbing one of the hills after lunch
found a new use for an old swingset
road after lunch was one of the nicest I've ridden