Okt 072015
 
Day  79 - Richmond, VA to Williamsburg / Jamestown, VA, 92 km, 292 alt.; Oct 7th, 2015 This is to be my last official day on the tour. Tonight I will be in Williamsburg, VA, staying with my last warmshowers hosts on my tour, Debra and Camilla. But first I'll have to get out of Richmond. Frank is a former competitive cyclist and today works as an instructor for commercial animations, a job I admire for the necessary visual talents involved. He today owns a nice old late 19th-century townhouse in the eastern part of Richmond, near Libby Hill Park, the park in which just a week before the world championships in cycling had ended.  (http://richmond2015.wpengine.com/about/courses/road-circuit/). He accompanied me down to the canal where the recently opened Virginia Capital Trail runs which connects Richmond and Williamsburg, ending after more than 50 miles or 82 km right at the Jamestown museum with its replica three sailboats and the fort built by the first settlers in 1607. This first permanent settlement by the British in Virginia comes to life again here in the historical triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown - and I intend to spend some time there to get a feeling of the time beyond my textbook studies ... But before leaving on that trail Frank tells me about "Chimborazo" hospital which was erected by the Confederate Army on the hill of that strange name  -  it was named for Mount Chimborazo, an inactive volcano in Ecuador at nearly 21,000 feet of elevation studied by Alexander von Humboldt, of all people...) This hospital was originally a series of wooden army barracks left behind by Confederate soldiers after their training there ended and then turned into what was to become the largest hospital in the USA at that time. Today some placards remind of the hospital. http://www.nps.gov/rich/learn/historyculture/chimborazo.htm All along the trail I find history tables telling the stories of both the pilgrimage years and the Civil War, since the area around Richmond as the capital of the Confederacy was of such strategic importance that it was the scene of many severe and brutal battles. I will not depict the many details given on the history tables here, one or two might suffice to give an impression of the dozens of such informative tables which I came across. Halfway down the trail I met a gentleman on a roadbike who was doing a little daytrip on his own and was so interested in finding out more about my trip that he invited me to a lunch at the Cul's Courthouse Grille in Charles City. After a good rest and a very pleasant conversation I continued my tour and reached the Museum and Jamestown around 2:30. The ticket seller offered me a free entry for tomorrow if I wanted to get in today - they would close at 5 pm, which was too short for a comprehensive visit and of course I agreed. I looked at the Indian Powhatan Village with some guides in period clothes who demonstrated crafts of the Native American population and listened to a guide on the  "Susan Constant", one of the three replica ships of the early 17th century. Later I met my warmshowers hosts for today, Debra and Camilla, who are not only wonderful hosts but have also done their share of cycling on a tandem. This year our paths may even have crossed, since they did their own slightly modified ACA Nothern Tier around the same time I did. They describe the tandem experience as very rewarding; each has her own specific task, they can talk while cycling and enjoy being together - what more can you want? Their balcony with a magnificent view of the James River near Jamestown is the perfect backdrop to a memorable foto: I have finished my tour!!!!!! After 7003,2 kilometers or 4352 miles over a total period of exactly 100 days from July 2, 2015 to October 6, 2015 - and 79 cycling days I have reached my goal even though technically the James River is not quite the Atlantic Ocean. Tomorrow I will have another good look at the historic triangle, this time together with my friends Omar and Tove and then I will return to Fairfax for another week of exploring the DC area ... For an overview of the Jamestown Settlement Museum, see http://www.historyisfun.org/    
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Frank is trying to restore the old style in his house from 1881 - by installing an old gas and wood stove, among other measures

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Frank's nice old house in Broad Street, Richmond

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Old warehouses are being turned into city housing.

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Confederet Monument in Richmond

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Frank inspecting the brand new Virginia Capital Trail

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On the trail I made to stop at least ten times to study the historical info boards. At least in some places up to five boards were put in one place - saved time:)

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The trail itself is very flat and safe.

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A long plantation entry drive.

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Re-creations of three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 are moored at Jamestown Settlement’s pier.

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The "Susan Constant"

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"Island Hopping" towards the New World

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My last "Official Day" on the tour - see the dark sad clouds over my head?

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Portrait or sunset? Someone couldn't decide!

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The End!

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My last Warmshowers hosts, Camilla and Debra in Williamsburg.

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  7 Responses to “Day 79 – Richmond, VA to Jamestown, VA, LAST OFFICIAL DAY :(”

  1. Juhuuuuuu! Congratulations!!!! Geschafft! Was für eine Reise! Und was soll ich jetzt morgens beim Frühstück lesen??? Schöne letzte Woche noch, wunderbar, um diese Monate ausklingen zu lassen….

  2. Brilliant! Congratulations! Well done!

  3. Fantastic, you’ve done it !! Unbelievable!!! Wirklich kaum zu glauben, dass die Tour jetzt schon zu Ende sein soll. Tina hat Recht, die Zeitung morgens zu lesen ist nicht wirklich eine gute Alternative zu deinem Blog.
    CU very soon :))

  4. Way to go, Rene! I hope that your trip across America was all you hoped it would be, and more. I’m glad that we have visitors such as you!

    • Thanks Bob! Yes, the trip has been all I had hoped for and more. I now have to wind down and get back into normal life. My stay with you is definitely among my very nice memories. One week until the airport….

  5. Congratulations René on reaching the „official“ end of your tour. It has been great following your journey and experiencing the tour vicariously. Love your work mate. 🙂

    • Thanks Dave,
      I’ll be flying home on the 14th, and have my wife nurse me back into „normal“ life …. I’ll get back to you later …

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