Day 78 - Fredericksburg, VA to Richmond, VA, 05.10.2015 These 108 km to Richmond today were much quieter than leaving DC / Fairfax yesterday. Backroads and quiet rural areas dominated until the highway into the city threatened but then I found (that is "komoot", my favourite German cycle navigation website, did 🙂 a trail going off the main road but relatively straight into Richmond since it followed a railroad track. On the road I met Ray Swartz and we both spontaneously stopped to talk. He's from California, doing a ten to twelve day trip from Richmond and along the C&O canal to Harper's Ferry. He is retired and obviously very busy doing cycling trips and writing tips about them on his website (www.biketouringtips.com). Richmond is the capital of Virginia and has a very long and interesting history. I decided after arrival not to look at the huge museum on the Civil War but instead headed for the small but - I was promised - rewarding "museum" on Edgar Alan Poe in 1914 East Main Street. But unfortunately it was closed, it was Monday afternoon .... By now it was too late to return to the Civil War museum on the other side of the city so I decided to do some sightseeing on the riverside of the James River. A new and culturally inspired path along the canal has been created. This canal enabled boatsmen to circumnavigate the waterfalls on the James River with the help of several locks within the city limits. More later ... Some pictures to give you an impression:
Excursion Washington DC - Fairfax, VA Sep 30,2015 On this planned day of rest in Fairfax I did the usual thing a long-distance cyclist needs to take care of when he has the opportunity. Here is a tentative list, incomplete surely but it will give you an idea ...:
- air and dry wet tent
- enjoy luxury of shower and warmth
- wash clothes - all of them without going naked 🙂
- eat, eat, eat good homecooked food
- work on my blog (well, I let that slip a bit because I was with friends and we had so much to talk about ...)
- go through gear for the umpteenth time ... this time I can experiment a bit because I know I am going to come back to DC and fly home from here, so I will try a different and leaner gear setup for some days.
- study maps and weather forecasts ... more on that later!