I slept in and rolled out at 9am. After arriving at VA Tech 6 miles later, I finally found the start at the War Memorial. Then is was on. I was out for an adventure. While sometimes I consider going for a record, I quickly remind myself that I would likely drive myself beyond my limits if I tried that. Maybe one day. I was hoping to complete the 400 mile loop in 4 days. 200 miles of pavement, and about 200 miles of gravel would present quite a challenge. I felt I was ready.
And then 13.5 miles into the 400 mile ride I hit the first road block. Literally. The giant sign in the middle of the road said "Road Closed". I looked at the map and saw that a detour would mean another 20-30 miles. Ouch. I rolled past the sign and around the corner and was greeted by a local sheriff's deputy. His car's lights flashing, and he was leaning again the car looking pretty tough. I rolled up and said " That's not a good sign". He said " Nope, road's closed, they are repairing the train tracks where the rain washed out under them". I said something like "wow". Then he mentioned that I might be able to squeeze through and I should go ask the construction crew.
|Crossing the New River|
|A short bit of gravel.|