First Two Days Down!

We had a wonderful first 2 days! Many friends and family came out to Yorktown with gusto to wish us well and give us an incredibly supportive send off! We’re so humbled by all the love and enthusiasm of everyone! 

 Friends showing us some love as we pulled into the parking lot with truck loaded down with the bicycles and gear. 

Friends showing us some love as we pulled into the parking lot with truck loaded down with the bicycles and gear. 

 Friends and family gathered for our send-off at the Yorktown Victory Monument. 

Friends and family gathered for our send-off at the Yorktown Victory Monument. 

 Here we are dipping our tires into the Atlantic (actually, the York River, more accurately- but close enough, right?). Our official (while symbolic) start to our journey across the country.

Here we are dipping our tires into the Atlantic (actually, the York River, more accurately- but close enough, right?). Our official (while symbolic) start to our journey across the country.

 And off we go!

And off we go!

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The first section of our ride- on Colonial Parkway- proved to be deceivingly difficult, as the surface is exposed aggregate, thus putting much more resistance on our already heavy bikes. In addition, the road has some challenging hills that snuck up on us! But we’re glad to have had the rough terrain on the front end of our first day. It made the next stretch- the Virginia Capital Trail- seem like the easiest thing ever!

 Our ice cream stop at Kilwin’s in Williamsburg

Our ice cream stop at Kilwin’s in Williamsburg

We arrived our first night- after completing 33 miles. We were so proud of the boys (and ourselves)! We weren’t sure we would be able to do that much on Day 1, but we plugged on after an ice cream stop in Williamsburg and to gather some food at a grocery store. The beautiful campsite at Chickahominy Riverfront was so worth it! And the spaghetti we made that night was probably the best spaghetti any of us had ever tasted!

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Here is one of our views from our campsite at the Chickahominy River. 

Next stop: Westover Plantation in Charles City (a pre-Revolutionary War, Colonial-era Plantation). This is right off of the Virginia Capital Trail and home to the family of a dear high school friend who now runs the tourist and special events side of the place, as well as maintaining the beautiful gardens and a few farm animals. The 2-mile ride up their gravel drive was, by far, the most grueling part of our journey thus far!

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Our gracious hosts, The Erda’s

 Our view of the main house from where we camped

Our view of the main house from where we camped

 This is our beautiful campsite at Westover overlooking the James River. If you look to the far right in this photo, you will see a yew tree that was apparently planted by George Washington. 

This is our beautiful campsite at Westover overlooking the James River. If you look to the far right in this photo, you will see a yew tree that was apparently planted by George Washington.