|Even falling down they are lovely|
The first portion of our ride was out in the woods, along a stream, and for a time I thought maybe we were back in Oregon! It was pleasant then, under the trees. But anytime we hit the sunshine - Wow! Like an EasyBake Oven, where the sun is the light bulb that cooked us.
|He really seemed to like me|
We stopped to have a break in the woods, and this little butterfly kept coming to rest on my leg. He must have been salt-deficient! Certainly he was not going to find any nectar there on my knee.
|The tandem takes a break in the woods|
Our lunch stop in Buchanan was at The Fountain. It's an old soda fountain and grill, that just happens to be on the National Register. I think maybe that's a first for me. My hamburger was perfect - juicy but with crisp bits from the grill, and a toasted bun that crunched with each bite. Heaven! Plus a root beer float. Because that's what you want at the soda fountain, right?
|National Registered Soda Fountain in Buchanan|
We rode past Virginia Military Institute, which is pretty stern and forbidding looking. Which I guess might be the point. Anyway, I thought it was interesting that all the buildings were the same khaki color!
|Virginia Military Institute - all khaki!|
The day's report: Lexington to Salem (near Roanoke), 56.1 miles/5998 to date
Tomorrow we hit 6000 miles!