BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM …Day 5……….. 69.5 miles from Vesuvius to Troutville

Monday May 6, 2013

Today’s journey took us mostly uphill from Vesuvius to Troutville. 69.5 miles of incredible flowing rivers coming off the mountains. Unfortunately most of the water was running straight at us. Think about it my friends. That means we are climbing against the current. Uphill!

After days of climbing I have developed an attitude about it. A totally new belief system about pedaling vertical instead of horizontal.

It’s truly simple. You just climb. You don’t wonder if the next switchback will drop from 8% to 4% grade. Or wether the next switchback will flatten out for a little while. Hell no! You just climb. It almost becomes beautifully mentally numbing.

The scenery is absolutely breathtaking today. Countless streams and rivers all dancing down the mountain passes. Homes of stone and brick still can be seen occasionally but so also can be seen a much poorer area in which to live.

Everyone we have encountered on this journey thus far has been awesome. Genuinely friendly and anxious to chat up a couple old dudes about the bizarre way they are cycling through this country. I love these people.

Tomorrow we again head west and I suspect vertical. Beautifully mentally numbing. And tonight I can say with all honesty, it’s ok

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the beauty of climbing the parkway

Tomorrow, with any luck we pedal past our first of the twelve maps that will guide us on our journey. It’s bittersweet to me.

one of the incredible rivers flowing off the mountians

one of the incredible rivers flowing off the mountains

the home at the top of the climb

the home at the top of the climb

boo and chester refueling

boo and chester refueling

Day five: Bobby’s Blog

Tuesday May 7, 2013

Sunday May 5

Woke up this morning behind Gerties with frost covering gear and bike. Got out a little earlier this morning and breezed into Lexington to visit a much needed laundry mat. Also a side trip to Wal-Mart to buy a new camera as I left mine setting on my rear pannier and it jumped off somewhere on the Parkway.

We left out of Gertie’s at 8:30 am with visions of making it to Daleville. The stop at Wally’s and then the stop at the laundry mat I think sucked some of the momentum out of us and we began to back off on the mileage. It was then decided that we would hold over in Buchanan (Buckanan I was corrected ).

Well when we got there we were pretty tired (cause that’s what this state does to you) and found no lodging at all. After the camp out at Gerties last night we are thinking hot shower and inside bathroom.

I asked a wonderful lady where we could get a room and she said just go down to Troutville they got lots of places there. How far is that I ask. Oh it’s only about 12 miles and pretty flat. (they all say that ) Yes it would have been 12 miles if we just ran down route 11 but that is not the TransAm way it was closer to 20.

Any way we had a beautiful ride today through the valley and remember if the creek is running in the direction that you are pedaling it’s gonna be a good day. Now I have a chicken fried steak in my belly along with some swiss cake rolls and a bag of mini Rolos,and a nice hot shower.

Time to pour over the maps and plan tomorrow’s travels. I mentioned to my partner Thane that when I hatched out this plan of averaging 70 miles a day I was riding my carbon Madone not a loaded steel touring bike. Wife says it was the couch I was on.

Passed some fresh cut hay today and made me think of my big brother. I miss you Buddy

Passed some fresh cut hay today and made me think of my big brother. I miss you Buddy

Pit stop at Wally's to replace my lost camera. Never waste an opportunity to load the hump or plug in some electronics.

Pit stop at Wally’s to replace my lost camera. Never waste an opportunity to load the hump or plug in some electronics.

Pluggin along. I look at these roads and I wonder if they really will take me to Oregon.

Pluggin along. I look at these roads and I wonder if they really will take me to Oregon.

Trying to expel a bug that flew into my very wide open mouth that was trying to glean all the oxygen it could to make it to the top of this climb. I made it to the top and so did the bug but that was the end of his ride with me.

Trying to expel a bug that flew into my very wide open mouth that was trying to glean all the oxygen it could to make it to the top of this climb. I made it to the top and so did the bug but that was the end of his ride with me.