Mineral to Charlottesville 63 miles

We woke up this morning to rosters crowing and dogs barking. This was all happening around 4:30 a.m. We didn’t start getting around until about 5:30 a.m. Of course the morning dew made our tent wet but we had plenty of time to layout and dry since again we didn’t take off until 7:30.

Kye cooked our breakfast of eggs, ham, cheese and oatmeal. It made to a good start to the day. We had finished our breakfast and cleaned everything up before most of the people got up. One of my riding buddies was up before we were. Most of the riders went to convince store or the one restaurant for their breakfast.

Today we had more hills. At one point I was running out of gas and having a problem keeping up with my team. Once I ate some of my snacks I regained my energy and was better the rest of the day. I was plenty tired at the end and glad it was a shorter day.

Once again we took a wrong turn which added about 3 miles to today’s ride. The group as a whole rode together more today. A number of the younger rider made it easily but everyone made it again today. No one had to take the sag wagon (which means put your bike on the van rack and ride to the finish line).

Tonight we are staying in the University Baptist Church which is right across the road from University of Virginia and YES they have a shower with hot water. Little things make a big difference when you are biking across the United States and this is just day 3. We had a guest speaker, Angela Shaw that has MS. She has to use an electric wheelchair but she was very motivational and it helps us better understand what affect MS has on good people. We are fortunate to be able to help people that are afflicted with MS.

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