I decided that to do the 550 miles I had better get some of it done in the cool of the morning. I ate at 6:00 am at the Hampton Inn and packed up, excited to get home and sleep in my own bed. I was on the bike at 7:00 and it was around 64 degrees, a very nice temperature for riding. It was a very pretty ride through the Ohio countryside and West Virginia is always interesting. You see a lot of warning signs of 5% slope roads for trucks to slow down. Seems overly safe since in Canada you would see 12% slopes and when you went up them you always wondered what the other side would look like. But the trip was uneventful. As I rode down the mountains of West Virginia into the mountains of Virginia the temperature rose steadily from mid-80's to the mid-90's and the heat is always a problem. I stopped frequently for water and gatorade arriving home at 6:00 pm.
Now where is that rocking chair where we old folks are supposed to be sitting?