Suffolk, VA to Emporia, VA

Emporia Travel Blog

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doing a morning dance
mileage: 71.65 miles

Eli, Kevin, Andrew and I started off today as the first group out. Almost immediately, we were on a semi-highway with cars, trucks, rumble strips, tons of debris on the shoulder...the whole deal. It sucked. We even had a truck ride like a foot into the shoulder...to scare us, I'm sure. We lost Andrew...or should I say, Andrew lost us (that kid's fast)...and then we stopped at a Bonsai tree farm, where we met this very cute, little old man and his four very large, bur friendly, dogs. The old man was awesome. He gave us a whole lecture on Bonsai trees...did you know there are over 1000 different types? He has a ton...one was 20 years old and cost $800. I had no idea they were so expensive!

When we left, Colin, Nate and Anna were there, so we joined up with them.
Bonsai Farm off 58
We might have been riding slightly too close to each other, but out of nowhere, Gabe showed up behind us and started yelling that we were too close and to spread out. I guess we didn't really listen, because at lunch, the leaders came up with a new riding rule, which was that anyone riding less than three wheel lengths behind the person in front of them would be pulled from the road and have to ride in the van. They're being pretty harsh, but it's for our own good...a lot of the riders really just can't handle riding that close to each other (there was an accident on the first day of riding that took out like 3 or 4 people), but the group of us that was riding together before lunch can handle it. Again, I suppose it's for our own good...

From lunch, the group I rode with was Eli, Kevin, Lee, Will and James.
The little old man who owns the bonsai farm...explaining to Eli and Kevin about the different varieties
We may or may not have ridden two abreast (which we're never allowed to do) and in pace lines (which definitely do not involve riding three wheels lengths apart). We even came up with a system where the person towards the back of the group would yell "VAN, VAN, VAN" when we saw the van coming up behind us...and then we'd all spread out and get in one line. It totally worked, too. We didn't get yelled at, anyway (Lois said something to Anna about seeing her riding 2 abreast and how it's not safe...and Lee and I just looked at each other...haha).

The entire way from lunch to Emporia, I rode with the five guys. Lee and James both told me I'm awesome. (Lee: "Can I just say, way to represent the girls".....James: "Hey, Mortal Kombat, you're a beast") So awesome.
The Little Texas Country Store
We got into Emporia at 3pm and were the first ones there, even though we stopped at Rt 666 (had to take pictures), the Little Texas General Store, and watched some cows...and we even beat the van. (Oh, and we had to stop like 7x so Kevin could pee...we decided it's because he doesn't sweat enough.) While we were waiting at the host, the boys couldn't stop telling me how awesome I was for keeping up with them...and decided to time how much longer it was before the next girl showed up (52 minutes). On the way to showers, James apparently told EVERYONE how fast I was.



A few random things from today:
-Megan crashed...again...making her the only rider (so far) to crash twice in two days of riding...this time she cracked her helmet.
-My nickname is "Mortal Kombat"
-some kids at the school where we were showering looked at us like we were crazy for staying at the Boy's and Girl's Club..."They got roaches in there!"
-we saw a calf attempting to hump a full grown cow
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doing a morning dance
doing a morning dance
Bonsai Farm off 58
Bonsai Farm off 58
The little old man who owns the bo…
The little old man who owns the b…
The Little Texas Country Store
The Little Texas Country Store
Moo.
Moo.
Emporia water tower
Emporia water tower
Andrew, talking to some kids outsi…
Andrew, talking to some kids outs…
balancing act again
balancing act again
Emporia
photo by: smhirsch