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Get me out of this state already September 29th of the first year

I tell ya... these AdventureCycling maps are really something. There are days where I see about 1 or 2 cars from sunup to sundown. I took a wrong turn out of Richmond yesterday and ended up on a road with signs of life... other human beings! I think I've seen every single farm, bean, dilapidated shack and civil war sight in the entire state now. Give it up, Virginia, the civil war was like 200 or 300 million years ago. Wasn't Stonewall Jackson killed by a velosaraptor? Get a hobby or investigate something new... I've seen all the Confederate trenches I can handle.

Anyway, once again I find myself pressed between library hours and the remaining daylight necessary to make it to the next campground, so this is going to be an abridged essay. Long story short, I'm in Suffolk, VA and I'm about to cross into NC and soon onto 'OBX' as they call it.

I decided yesterday that I'd buy a Brooks B17 saddle after the stock one on my Cannondale never really felt right. Bill, the guy at the only bike shop in town here, put it on for me this afternoon and hooked me up with two pamphlet-looking things entitled 'Our Daily Bread'. Each day is some insight from the bible I think... kind of like those daily calendars where you rip off a page at a time. I don't know about the messages, but I'm sure the reading material will be a welcome addition to my morning dose of Audioslave and Tenacious D. Anyhoo, this Brooks saddle is rough. I looked up nearly everything there is to know about it both before and during this trip, and it would seem that breaking in a leather saddle is a difficult path for anyone. I've kept my stock saddle just incase, but I have faith in this route.

Hoorah for photographs!

Keep rocking,


Sun and water always make for neat photos


I climbed a trillion and a half miles uphill only to find that the path was locked. LOCKED! Who locks up a bike path?!?! Then when I turned around, the hill that I climbed up reversed itself so that I had to pedal uphill again to get back to where I started... true story!

The bicycle found its way to DC... rider sold separately

All I can think of is that scene from Forrest Gump where he meets Jenny in the water. Damn that Jenny.

Mmm... helmet hair

You get the idea.

I put a bid on this house but they told me its not for sale. Not for sale? Everything's for sale, just gotta find the right price! I'll be back...


Now it's time for me to tell you about Young Nastyman,
archrival and nemesis of Wonderboy, with powers comparable to Wonderboy.
What powers you ask? I dunno how 'bout the power of flight?
That do anything for ya? That's levitation, holmes.
How 'bout the power to kill a yak from 200 yards away...
with mind bullets! That's telekinesis, Kyle.
How 'bout the power to move you?

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