Riding the Blue Ridge to The Dog House – Day 7

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Day 7 – Waynesboro, VA To  Montebello, VA
May 30, 2016     42 Miles for the day
284.8 Total miles for trip – 4:03 Ride Time

 

My Thornton Tomasetti bike jersey is my favorite. My best friend from Architecture School @cvwphoto designed it and sent it to me a few years ago. It has pictures of all their buildings on it! He has worked for TT for over 10 years! #amazing #architectsonbikes #thorntontomasetti #⛰ #blueridgeparkway #coast2coastbikeride #molteni #mikeriscicavip #smugglinggrapes

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What a perfect beautiful day it was. I rode up to and along the Blue Ridge Parkway for most of the day. Every time I stopped to take a break I made friends of people hanging out driving the parkway.

Leaving Waynesboro this morning is the first time I’ve been alone since I got off the train. Which is kind of weird.  I also have had zero downtime and am already wayyyyy behind on getting this blog written. I think I’m a week behind at the point but the good news is that I haven’t stopped writing since I left Philly. I feel like as long as I just keep writing, that’s the most important thing. I just need to figure out what my system is so I can get everything quickly uploaded and onto the web.

King of the mountain! #aintnosmallthang About to ride down the steepest scariest hill in America! Let’s test out those new 520 disc brakes! Wish me luck! #dontdie #biketouring #biketouringlikeaboss #transamerica2016 #blueridgeparkway

After a beautiful day of rolling hills I rode down that psychotic Mount Vesuvius at the end of the day.  It’s the scariest downhill of the entire transam.

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Mount Vesuvius! No, I’m in Virginia, not Italy!?!!! I didn’t die. The brakes work great! #scaryasfuck #transamerica2016 👑🚴💪🏻`

Yesterday the weather report was calling for some pretty hardcore rain and thunderstorms,  which obviously never happened. Last night, in Waynesboro in an attempt to avoid camping in the rain I reached out to a warmshowers host, to see if I could possibly stay with her outside of Lexington.  She was out of town, but we connected on the phone and she gave me directions to her cute little little cabin in the middle of the woods. She told me refers to the little cabin as “The Dog House”.

My super cute home for tonight. It was supposed to rain all day today. Which obviously didn't happen. Last night in a lame attempt to avoid camping in the rain, I reached out to another cross country cyclist who lives close to where I was going to end the day. She was out of town, but gave me directions to stay at her little cabin in the middle of the woods. I love it here! #biketouring #warmshowers #community #tinyhouse #offthegrid

The cabin was a little bit hard to find, but once I did it was a little oasis in the middle of the woods! No electric, toilet, running water and it was super quiet out there. All night I got caught up on writing and editing the past few days blog posts and slept like a baby. What a nice treat it was to stay in this cabin. Best Memorial Day Ever!

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About the author

Michael Riscica

Hey, I’m Michael Riscica and I live in Portland, Oregon with my Labrador Retriever. When I’m off the bike, I make my living as a Licensed Architect and also write a architecture blog at YoungArchitect.com.

I took my first bike tour in 2003 when I rode from Boston to New York City, and at that time I learned about cycling across America. My life was forever changed. I have successfully ridden and blogged about Coast2Coast bike rides during the summers of 2005, 2007and now 2016.

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