I had a shorter day today, and traded in the official route for a shorter road with more hills. I think the only reason they didn’t make route 11, the road I took, the official route is due to traffic, but I had the road to myself almost all day. I decided to cut the journey from Lexington to Christiansburg in half to give my legs a brake, so I ended my day in Troutville – just about the only place in between.
Despite the shorter distance I was peddeling uphill all day, gaining more than 3000 overall. It was a great day for cycling, the weather is holding, and the temperature seems to have dropped since I have come up into the mountains, which makes the hills easier. I think the terrain is pretty corrugated from here until Kansas, so a better get used to it! I am over half way through Virginia now though and it is getting more and more rural, the countryside around here is awesome, which makes the riding enjoyable.
I have been menaced by a few more dogs over the last couple of days, but non have chased me. I have had a look on the Internet about how best to deal with them – apparently they are after the chase more than anything, so stopping the bike will stop them more effectively than anything else.
I had another puncture today – about 500 meters from my motel for the night, but didn’t mind repairing it in the sunshine, it made a nice change to the freezing repairs I had to make in the UK this winter. I have cleaned and re-oiled my chain and that has helped my gears a bit, but I still need to find a bike shop soon. I passed a place called ‘Foamhenge’ today – a perfect replica of Stonehenge made of foam! I used this afternoon to put my feet up and have a rest, I have another smaller day in the pipes tomorrow (dictated by avaliable services) but will be back to proper cycling after that!