Sunday, 8 November 2009


The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hip, hooray…etc. Yes, for the first day since we started our trip, it has been really hot. It was in the 70s today for our roll down from Richmond to Hopewell, a short 33-miler, which we completed before the heat of the day really got started. The terrain here is much flatter, and we found ourselves in the middle of a number of plantations, wondering why we kept getting wafer-thin strands of some kind across our faces as we cycled along. After Kat had freaked out several times about the possibility of them being spiders’ webs, we suddenly realised that they were probably just cotton… and then Anthony started to freak out. And we’re still on the look-out for the Virginia vineyards that produced the Chardonnay that started our downfall on Friday…

A super early start for us tomorrow, cycling the 75-miles to Suffolk, arriving before 4pm. Apparently, it will be hot for the next 2-3 days, so we’ll be keeping ourselves well topped up with Gatorade along the way, and trying to avoid those embarrassing uneven and bizarre tan lines that have already started to emerge from the cycling shorts and (worse) the helmets. Eek squeak… In the meantime, a bit of chilling out in front of the TV, resting the legs.

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