Yes!!!! My journey finally began today. I took me forever to fall asleep last night because I was so freaking excited for this morning. The weather was a beautiful 70 degrees and sunny, blue skies, birds chirping. You get the idea. I got the most amazing sendoff from the lovely Shaunna Elizabeth Muffley and the ever gorgeous Vivienne, she took some sweet videos of the first few feet of my journey. On top of that I had my good friends Jon and Shelby ride with me the first few miles. It was all so perfect.
The first hour or so I rode on the Dismal Swamp Trail I talked about in my previous post. It was just as beautiful as the last time. As I approached the end of the Virginia section of it an old fella on a recumbent trike flagged me down and we chatted for a bit. He was supremely jealous that he couldn’t just ride off into the sunset like me. Apparently his wife only trusts him out on day rides haha. Once he stopped talking my ear off (in a good way, he was really nice) I crossed onto the highway for a bit before rejoining the Dismal Swamp Trail on the North Carolina side. NEW STATE! The trail only lasted a few miles and dumped me out onto a county highway that luckily ran right through my next stop in Sunbury. There wasn’t much of a shoulder and there were plenty of huge semis whizzing past but they were surprisingly courteous and moved to the other lane while passing me (mostly).
I stopped in Sunbury at a mini mart to fill up my water bottles, grab a snack and check my phone. Lo and behold I have zero service, which kind of sucks because the last thing I want is for someone to fail to get ahold of me and think I’m pancaked on the side of the road by a huge truck. My map told me there was a library about 15 miles up the road right near my camping spot for the night so I headed over there to soak up some wifi. After I got that out of the way I headed to the campsite. It’s a nice place and has unlimited hot showers which I most definitely needed but at 18 bucks it was kind of steep. Meh. I’m not gonna complain 🙂
So now I’m going to lay around in my hammock (thank you Johnny Boy!) and read before I cook my dinner of spam and spaghetti. Yum yum yum! Oh, and how could I almost forget to mention one of the best parts of my day. So as I was riding out of Sunbury towards the library this lady sitting on her porch waves me down and asks me where I’m headed. When I tell her my next stop is Florida her eyes almost pop out of her head. She tells me to hold on a second and runs inside. When she comes back out she brings me a gigantic glass of ice cold, fresh squeezed lemonade. It was soooooo goooood. I chugged it, thanked her profusely and was on my way. I think that was a good sign of the good things to come.