Day Six - November 4th

Things don't always turn out as planned. Things don't always turn out the way one might want. Life is what it is and we must make the most of it.

We wake up in the mountains to a heavy rain. This could cause slick roads or unsafe conditions for us. The roads are narrow, hilly, and windy. We decide to have a leisurely breakfast instead to see what might change.

Not the weather, and they are still talking snow just behind us. We did leave two weeks late this year because of the elections and the weather is becoming a factor.

We ended up loading the van (my 2008 Town & Country), with our luggage, the four bikes, the five of us, and at 10:00h we started to drive. We would hope out of the weather, or at least the rain.

Staying on 219 brings us into Lewisburg where we stop for coffee and to discuss our options. Paul is getting a little antsy, Dave is not sure what is best, Dale says he's part of the team and will do whatever we decide at this point, and I don't want to be cold or wet, especially cold and wet. We drive on.

Hwy 219 brings us to Peterstown, W Va, and we enter Virginia right there into Rich Creek, and get onto hwy 460 for just 10 miles (16k).

We move onto hwy 100 and follow it to Dublin Va. The weather seems to be clearing, but it's not yet any warmer.

We check into the Hampton Inn. We get the last two rooms available. We're told there is a football game somewhere and everything is booked up. We all go for a swim in the indoor (and warm) pool.

Paul is still antsy and can't get ahold of his wife back home for over four days now. He thinks his age, the road conditions, and the weather, are catching up with him. He wants to know what's happening at home. He's deciding to take a bus at 22:55h (10:55 p.m.) this evening from Bluefield to home and call it finished. I'll drive him there after dinner. Tomorrow, the three of us (with Becky) will continue on.

After dinner at the on property Shoneys, Paul starts making phone calls back home to get some answers. Turns out, the phone where his wife is visiting, is malfunctioning. After getting an alternative number to call, Paul spoke with his wife and all is again well. Now let's look at the map to see where Bluefield is.

From where we are, the gps indicates a 59.1 mile drive. Paul wants to confirm the distance to Mount Airy, N.C., another possible bus point. The gps indicates 58.4 miles. Well that determines that. Might as well ride to Mount Airy tomorrow. That's where we were headed anyway. We'll just hope it's not raining in the morning.

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