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    • Day17

      Traffic ahead

      May 16, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      It's a little early for a gas break but the sign said accident ahead so I'm going to check Google. There's a guy here with a sidecar and a German Shepherd. He just put the dog in another car. He said he rode here from Seattle and I think he said because he has an inoperable brain tumor.Read more

    • Day31

      Day 30 Wythesville,VA - Daleville, VA

      June 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 66 °F

      Day 30 Wytheville, VA - Daleville, VA
      Miles - 102
      Turtles rescued - 1
      Black bear and baby cubs spotted - 3
      Emergency repair on Wes's bike - 1

      Down to just a few days left in this amazing adventure. People are getting gitty, anxious and nervous all at the same time. Its been a L.O.N.G. 30 days. It has gone bu fast - and it has gone by slowly.

      This morning, I woke up at 4am to finish my blog. Last night, I could barely type and decided to finish up this morning. I finished up around 5:30am just in time to get ready for the day and then go down and help Glenn load up the van.

      It was kinda overcast in the morning but cleared up before breakfast. We all went over to the Cracker Barrell for breakfast. Glenn and I shared the Old Timer's breakfast. Just before we left, I checked to see if there were any letterboxes in the area. There was one at the Best Western Parking lot - and that was on our way out of town. So, with Wes's permission, we followed the clue and did a letterbox. Very easy. Glad Glenn did this for me. We also drove by a tiny tiny church. I got a picture.

      About 20 minutes up the road, one of Neil's friends that lives in North Carolina drove up so he could cycle with the team. What a kind friend to do that. He was all decked out in the cycling outfit and he rode probably an hour or two before he has to ride back and get his vehicle.

      Just right after this, Wes' chain on his bike kept breaking or was creating problems for him. He would ride for 3 minutes, then stop. Do that again several times, til finally, he had some screws out and was really working on it. It looked like he had it repaired. And we started to drive to meet the team. They had only gone 1 mile up the road where they started to have a conversation with a man and his wife or girlfriend. They were in a Sprinter van. Once we rolled into them, Wes decided he needed to find a bike shop. He searched the internet and found one just 20 minutes up the road.

      We asked the other bikers to get their stuff that they would need like food items. Then we quickly left. Glenn drove on I 81 towards Blacksburg. Then off the interstate to a bike shop in a Kroger's shopping center. While they were getting that repaired, I walked over to Kroger and bought a case of water. I think we were there for 45 minutes. And then we called Jeff and they were just sitting down to eat lunch at Fatz.

      25 minutes later we were at the restaurant also. I had soup and salad. Glenn had chicken. Now it was time to roll again. Heading North on the side streets on the rolling hills through farmland. We didn't seed corn like we used to see in Kentucky and Missouri.

      We went through one tunnel and I saw one covered bridge. We stumbled upon a barn and Jon took some photos of the blue bike against the old barn.

      As we were driving towards the Super 8 motel tonight, Neil saw 2 ladies trying to get a couch through the front door. Glenn, Wes, Matt, and Caroline helped this family. Then afterward, Neil was able to have a conversation. Glenn and I went on to the hotel to get checked in. Tonight, Glenn and I are together.

      We met Neil's cousin, Monty. He lives several hours from here and drove down to see them. We went to a Chinese restaurant for supper tonight.

      We got back to the hotel room by 9:45pm. Another late day. We get to sleep in 30 minutes later tomorrow.
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    • Day23

      Dr. Pepper's Grave - Rural Retreat, TN

      July 9, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Dr. Charles Taylor Pepper was not the inventor of Dr. Pepper, but legend states that the drink was named after him. Dr. Pepper was a surgeon in the Civil War.

      Charles Alderton is the inventor of Dr. Pepper. He created it in the 1880's in Waco, Texas. He worked in Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store. Alderton gave the soda (which customers were calling a Waco, at the time) to his boss Morrison. Morrison named it Dr. Pepper.

      He at one time worked for Dr. Charles Pepper while in Tennessee. Apparently there was a bond.

      There were quite a few graves in the Pepper family plot. I kept pointing at graves saying, "Wow, he's a Pepper, she's a Pepper, wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too?" My kids didn't get it, Jenn did.

      Tall tale or truth? We will never know. However, Quinn wanted to stop at his grave. So we did. 😊
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    • Day28

      Wytheville Virginia

      September 19, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

      The rustic Appalachians gave way to rolling farmland as we entered Virginia. We're doing a quick overnight at the Wytheville KOA, where the high point was the welcoming committee of one cute deer with splayed feet and big ears. Otherwise, nothing much to offer. There was a huge trek uphill to substandard bathrooms, and in the middle of the night we had a SKUNK ATTACK! Fortunately, the odor disappeared fairly quickly, but we will be glad to get on our way.

      Today we head to Charlottesville, a jumping off point for Appomattox and Monticello, highly recommended by my sister Bonnie.

      SKUNK UPDATE: Leaving the campground we saw ... well ... let's just say Rest in Peace. 😒
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    • Day125

      Wytheville, Virginia - Wytheville KOA

      June 18, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Here we are now in Virginia. As the State Slogan says"Virginia Is For Lovers", that's us. We've chosen to stop in Wytheville only as a stop of convenience. We're not rushing our trip's end, but rather taking our time to lessen the pain of long distance driving. It's nice not to have a schedule or deadline.

      Yes, this stop is at another KOA campground. Rather than exploring new campgrounds, we have elected to take the easy way and stay in KOAs where we can count on good locations and quality. Like what you would expect in a favorite hotel chain.

      The town of Wytheville is a small town located in southwest Virginia, and is named after the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, George Wythe. Not to be outdone by the early years, Wytheville can also claim a 20th century famous citizen, First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson, second wife of President Woodrow Wilson. This First Lady was a direct decendant of Pocahontas and her great great grandmother was a sister to Thomas Jefferson. Not too shabby!

      Yes, history runs deep in Virginia and is somewhat epitomized by small Virginia towns like Wytheville. Founded in 1792, having famous citizens, and significant Civil War skirmishes all are part of Wytheville and the heritage so valued by the South.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Wythe County, مقاطعة وايذ, ৱাইথে কাউন্টি, Condado de Wythe, Wythe konderria, Comté de Wythe, Wythe megye, Contea di Wythe, ワイス郡, Wythe Kūn, Hrabstwo Wythe, وائتھ کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Wythe, Уит, Округ Вит, Віт, وائتھ کاؤنٹی، ورجینیا, Quận Wythe, Condado han Wythe, 威斯縣

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