Another early start today for our climb out of Damascus enroute to Christiansburg (Virginia Tech is located here). We followed Big Laurel Creek on route 603 most of the way to the pass near Hurricane Mountain and crossed the Appalachian Trail a couple of times. The ride was lined with blooming white and purple rhododendrons that were 30 feet high.
On the other side of the pass was a most enjoyable gentle serpentine downhill that made for fun banked turns for close to 20 miles.
A kudzu is an invasive species that is terrorizing the Southeast.
Between Radford and Christiansburg we liked the bike path. At 100 miles in Radford we refueled at Sonic. I had a most tasty hot dog and Mark refueled on chicken strips. We had our usual Arnold Palmer. Nothing like another 88 oz to rehydrate.
After 9 hours and 20 minutes on the seat (not including rest stops) my butt was sore.