Day 1, April 30th
The minor hiccups continue but the riding has been great.
Norfolk to Virginia Beach didn’t take all too long, but I did stop at a wayside which had good access to the beach. It was still fairly early and I hadn’t had breakfast and worse coffee. I figured taking a break to whip both of these up would make for a great start to the trip but I soon learned that my small stove regulator was not working. After messing around with it for a while I gave up and had some of the yogurt raisins from the airport. Unfortunately I haven’t come across a store where I could replace my stove yet. No brewing my own coffee in the meantime 🙁
Virginia Beach has an impressive huge sand beach… the town itself was a bit touristy for my liking so I didn’t stick around long. It wasn’t long after I left Virginia Beach that I noticed I had been dragging a front pannier on the ground more frequently. Turns out my laptop was creating a low spot and I saw I had actually rubbed through in one spot. The duck taping begins. I reorganized my panniers and they seem to seat much higher now. I also reinforced these rub prone areas with duck tape just in case. When I get time I’d like to add some sort of metal or had plastic rub pads to the bottom. I’ve got some ideas, just need to visit a hardware store.
After taking a couple turns that led to the military base and required me to backtrack it seemed the day was getting a way from me. My goal was to try and get into False Cape park and look for camping opportunities. My planned lunch destination seemed too far now and I was beginning to fade so I swung into a local sandwich shop. A huge hoagie later I was off again. It was nasty headwinds all day… thats right headwind the one time I am probably going south.
The air cooled off once I got close to the cape. I found a pier with a beach shower where I was able to clean up and wash my shirt. It was a pretty muggy/warm day so I was feeling grimy. I felt a few sprinkles and considered setting up camp nearby. Their was still plenty of riding light left so I decided to press on.
I’m glad I kept riding because False Cape was a great ride. Once in the park it is walking or biking only and I never saw another person. Great scenery and lots of wildlife. I ended up settling on a camping spot and just as I got my tent up the rain came. Lucky!
Right before the rain.
Raisins again for dinner… Need to replace this stove!
Day 2, May 1st
Today has been a battle. A battle with great views and lots of sand. I suppose it deserves it’s own post but since I should get on the road soon I’m going to just include the photos here.
This is the road… I fought this for about 2-3 miles, pushing and carrying my bike (after pushing 3 miles in the park). Pretty much out of water and with only food that could be cooked (not helpful with no water and a stove that’s not working) I sat down to assess how far I had to go. Things were looking pretty grim. Like 10 miles of this wonderful road. Then, all of a sudden my new best friends pulled up and offered me a ride to where the paved road starts.
My heroes of the day. Dropping me off at the pavement! Ahhh yes! No filtering water out of the giant puddles in the road.
So here I am only ten miles into my day but feeling like I totally deserve this beer I’m enjoying. I have to have a Yuengling while I’m on the east coast! Just about to head to Kitty Hawk and have a look around. I think it’s only about 20 miles away. More fun to come!