Day 25

August 11, 2004

Harrrisonburg, VA to Ashland, VA

 

Point of interest in the Shenandoah National Park

 

I’m at the top of this morning’s climb up the Appalachians, near Skyline Drive.  Skyline Drive is a beautiful road that goes along the ridge of the Appalachians in Virginia.  I rode this on my Eastern Mountains tour in 2000 – riding near here again brought back many fond memories.

 

 

Rich ‘Ski’ at the first rest stop with his Race Across Oregon kit.  In the 2-man category, he placed first last year and second this year. 

 

 

We passed by the grave marker of James and Dolly Madison

 

we also passed by the Madison’s home that is currently being restored.

 

We’re headed to the town of Bump Ass

 

via Bump Ass road.  This road was actually pretty smooth, compared to some of the rough roads we’ve had that really did bump our asses, big time.

 

Today’s message board

 

and progress to date.  Not much left to do.  Today was really the last full PAC Tour day.  Tomorrow, we will ride about 80 miles and regroup before finishing the last 2 miles all together.  We’ll then have lunch near the beach at Yorktown and backtrack 17 miles to the hotel.

 

Profile and statistics

Today, we headed back into the Shenandoah National Park for a climb up to Skyline Drive before bidding adieu to the Appalachians.  We had some fun rollers for the rest of the day.  Temperatures and humidity were a bit high, today, but the predicted rain showers held off until the early evening.  Some riders I talked to are a bit sad that our adventure is soon coming to an end.  Others are really exhausted and the trip can’t end soon enough.   Personally, I’m ready to be done with this challenge and to catching up with all the projects and family that got put on hold for this trip.