We spent last night with a Warmshowers host near Lexington, VA who graciously opened up their home to us even though they were away for work. It was a relaxing night and we got a good night’s sleep. After a good nights sleep we rode the 4 miles or so into town and were immediately side tracked by a cafe called “Sweet Treats Bakery”.
We locked the bikes up outside the front window and went about ordering something to eat. The folks who run this place were friendly and the food was top notch!
I had a hamburger, one of the best I’ve had since I left Mount Joy, PA (which has a really excellent burger) and Hannah had a veggie burger. We followed them up with a chocolate & caramel brownie and a piece of red velvet cake, both made in house. Delicious!
We finally left around 2pm and wandered into the local outfitter where we met a local named Russ who offered his yard for camping. We made introductions and a mental note of his address and made plans to ride to his house later. From there we went to the public library and caught up on this blog, email, etc. and checked out the route to Russ’s place. The library was quite nice, as you can see from this picture.
Around 5pm we finally decided we’d better ride the 15 miles to Russ’s before it started to get dark.
It was a beautiful ride along bicycle route 76.
When we arrived at Russ’s he was sitting outside by a fire under some huge cedar trees. We picked out a spot for the tent nearby and then Russ lead us on a short walk to a wooded spot where he thought some morel mushrooms might be found. Indeed we found some, picked them and took them back to his place for dinner. He has converted an old school house into his living space. Charming and simple and just right.
The mushrooms were delicious!
Russ is quite the accomplished musician and we were soon sharing stories and music till after dark. Alas, at some point bicyclists get tired and we made our way to our tent for the night. But first, I took the most wonderful, outdoor shower! A cool breeze blowing, steamy, hot water and a wonderfully thick bar of locally made soap with the stars overhead. What more can you ask for!