Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Dog days of Summer...
Before I launch into a description of today's ride I wanted to share something way cool...check out who was the special Hampton individual of the day yesterday! He says he got prime parking and a goodie bag. Love it:)
Well, it was bound to happen and today was the day. So far we have been unencumbered by dogs barking at us or chasing us down, but we got it in spades on our ride through southern Virginia this morning. The upside of travelling on back country roads is the beauty and lack of traffic. The downside would be canines! Our first encounter was a pair of large and angry lab mixes who just tore down the road after us. Our loud yells held them off. We came across several other pairs of dogs who started the charge but were obviously held back by invisible fences. Then came the two houses who had multiple dogs in fenced in areas who we felt safe around only to turn around and find that they had escaped and were nipping at our heels! Finishing the ride on Route 1 (high speed/no shoulder) was almost a relief! We made it to the hotel before Mom and Dad who were touring the Shirley Plantation only to discover that Holly had left her sandals at the last hotel. So once they arrived we took the car and covered the 120 miles (60 each way) to retrieve the Columbias. It was truly amazing to drive the miles that we had earlier cycled. Now I know why I sometimes feel bushed by dinnertime!
In closing I just wanted to comment on the diversity of the land that we are witnessing as we make our way south. We still have fond memories of the blueberry and sunflower fields of New England, but nothing compares to the crops of the mid Atlantic. We have ridden by miles of corn fields (now past their season), tobacco, cotton , and soy fields. These cash crops are so very important to the American economy, and it is wonderful to see how vast and lush they are!