Yep! That’s right! Dear old dad is turning fifty-something today, so I dedicated my 67 miles to him. Happy birthday dad!

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Here’s some more of my pictures from today:

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Today we departed Petersburg and it was humid. It actually rained on us a bit for the first part of the ride! That was interesting. But later the weather cleared up and I was able to take a bunch of pictures! As you can probably tell, the ride was beautiful! There weren’t any really big hills, but there were a lot of long gradual ones. Those are easy compared to the steep ones. There were a TON of turtles in the road. Like an unnatural amount. Spooky.

Today I was riding with Kenny and Haley and we were team “no hands”. Why? Here’s why:

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Sorry about my dumb face. I was paying more attention to fitting everyone in the picture, not dropping my phone, balancing, and avoiding potholes. BUT in my defense, I did it all with no hands! Actually, today I rode an entire mile with no hands! I started at mile 23.5 and ended at mile 24.7. Neat huh?

Kenny blew a tire today, just like I did, and we patched it with a Clif bar wrapper! What a great tip from the alumni! While we were changing it on an empty backroad, this mean old lady rolls up and asks if we have a death wish because people drive 70mph on this little road! Before I could tell her that she shouldn’t be speeding and that we’re actually riding to inspire survival, she speeds off just as fast as she rolled up. Whatever. Sigh.

After that incident we arrived at a mile long stretch of gravel road (pictured above). We walked it. Luckily we had a water van stop right beforehand (also pictured above). The Clif bar wrapper we used to patch Kenny’s tire had just broken through so we were able to replace his tire before another tube blew.

After our little walk we rode some more until lunch! Today our food van drivers got us all sandwiches from Arby’s and crabcakes from Ruby Tuesdays! Sweet deal!

I’m terribly sorry, but there’s no Wi-Fi at this church so the GPS route will have to wait until hopefully tomorrow! I promise to post it though! (Edit: Here it is! http://connect.garmin.com/activity/515232647) Today was our longest ride yet at 67 miles. I had a great time and felt great afterwards. I got a little sunburned though. It was such a nice day!

Were staying tonight in Farmville, VA. Yep. Farmville. Like the Facebook game. We’re at a little church with the nicest people who even made us a 4k sign!

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They cooked us the best food! There was salad, pasta, mac and cheese, chicken, tons of sides, and tons of desserts! They have a live band for mass who came to practice their music tonight. Their drummer was absent, so Max, our rider who drums in a metal band, filled in and it sounds like he had practiced with them all his life! It was incredible. Props to Max!

One last heartwarming story. Our van drivers went to a Food Lion grocery store this morning and asked for a lunch donation for the riders. The manager wasn’t able to donate anything so they left. At the time we didn’t know that this Food Lion was across the street from our host and we didn’t know that Brittany was listening. Brittany is an employee at Food Lion and after our van drivers left, she went around and had her fellow Food Lion employees pitch in and buy us a gift card! Having no way to contact us, she called all the hotels and motels in the area to see if she could find out where we were staying. Obviously, no luck. (We’re at a church remember?) Fortunately when we arrived at the host we decided to go into the Food Lion to ask for a donation while the remaining riders were arriving. Immediately Brittany’s face lit up when she saw us and without us even asking, she gave us the gift card and a bonus case of water! We were a little confused at how she knew we were coming, but we figured it out pretty quickly. We bought fruits and veggies and talked to her for a while. She was nice as could be and I just had to share this story and thank her.

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Thanks Brittany!

As always, to all my readers, feel free to say something to me! Thank you for all your words of support and encouragement!

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