04/13/2010 — Hawksbill Mountain

April 13, 2010

We woke up today to some pretty cold weather again – it was around 50 degrees, and considering that it had been in the 90s yesterday, it felt really cold. Nonetheless we packed up our tents, and made our rice for breakfast. As we began to pack our gear onto our bikes, we saw what appeared to be a utility truck parked down by the road from where we camped. We thought for sure that it was someone who was going to call the cops on us. We finished packing up and got on our way quick, only to find out that they just happened to be paving the road we were on, and that there was no issue.

We headed out on the road, and while it remained chilly, the riding went well and we got into our groove quick. We stopped around noon for some lunch – and we just so happened to have stopped near a vegetable/fruit stand. We shared a cantelope on the side of the road, and I bought a couple pears to enjoy over the coming days.

We headed out on the road, and while it remained chilly, the riding went well and we got into our groove quick. We stopped around noon for some lunch – and we just so happened to have stopped near a vegetable/fruit stand. We shared a cantelope on the side of the road, and I bought a couple pears to enjoy over the coming days.

We could see that Hawksbill Mountain was getting close, so we just did our thing and rode until we were at the foot of it. We began our climb not too long after 1 PM, and boy was this a climb. The grade of the climb wasn’t really all that steep, but the road curved over and over, and it just seemed to go forever.

It also had started raining a bit, but we persevered, and finally made it up to the top. By the time we reached the pass at the top, it was 40 degrees and raining harder, so we just took a few pictures and began the decent. We were really cruising down the back side of the mountain, at around 25 MPH with our brakes on, and with the cold temperatures and increasing rain – we were soaked and freezing quick.
As we came out of the other side, we saw signs for motels in Luray, Virginia, so we decided to treat ourselves since it was so chilly out and we were quite wet.
Right now we are lying on beds in a Days Inn, listening to some relaxing music, and will be headed to bed soon. The plan is to make it to Harrisonburg by tomorrow night. We’ll see how that goes.
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4 Responses to “04/13/2010 — Hawksbill Mountain”

  1. Megan said

    Ha, as I was reading you were adding posts, every time I finished a post I would refresh the page and there would be a new one waiting for me every time! I’m glad you guys treated yourself to a motel tonight, you sounded so tired on the phone. You made it over your first mountain, what an accomplishment! I’m proud and you are only in Virginia! Love the pics, the camera was a good buy!

  2. jon richard said

    haha me too! sounds like an awesome time/ test of your patience with the weather! keep cruisin and updating!

  3. Nick Galgano said

    Whats up guys, good luck. I saw your webpage posted on Megan’s facebook. I just recently got into road riding and Saturday is my first century ride…but that doesn’t seem so big now that I have read your plans…haha…good luck again, look forward to hearing from you on your journey.

  4. Rose Bishop said

    Hey Matty!
    Just got your web address from the kids at the bank tonight and couldn’t wait to pop on and read all about your adventure so far. You guys are making some good time and seems like you are enjoying life on the road. Meeting good people, seeing new sights and taking in the whole experience. Sounds awesome!I’m so happy for you that you are living out one of your dreams.
    Sorry I didn’t get to see you before you left, but I’ve thought of you many times and wish you a fun journey.
    I’ll keep in touch. Keep writing and sending pictures — they are great!
    Love ya, Rose

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