Total Mileage: 568.1
Daily Time: 2:32:55
Total Time: 2 days 5:51:59
Top Speed: 39.6
Snapchat @MSquaredYE Day 10
I started the day off with the snooze button, although my watch doesn't actually have one. I just shut it up and went back to sleep. Woke up naturally around 7 and started my packing. This campsite had showers and laundry so I did both. Both of which I thought were really needed, until the Appalachian Trail hikers started walking through. I smelt like fresh flowers compared to those guys.
Today's mission was to get out of Shenandoah Park and to the "Cookie Lady House" made famous by June Curry. I was originally only going to stop in to see the place, but due to my late start and wanting to upload my last few days of blogging, I have decided to spend the night. I truly couldn't be happier about staying either. Like I said on day 1, each little decision I make shapes this trip for what it will become. June Curry is known for taking in cyclist who have traveled the Transamerica route (even in the times pre dating the official route) and became famous for baking each one of her visitors cookies. People took such a liking to her, she was flooded with postcards and countless items of memorabilia by the people she welcomed into her home as a thanks for her kindness. Throughout the years her popularity grew into becoming the most popular destination on the trail. Unfortunately for all of us late comers to the game, June passed away July 16th, 2012. We will never get to exprience her warm generosity and to-die-for cookies that made her so famous.
|Hand picked in Shenandoah for June|
It's hard to put into words or even show with a few pictures what it's like to walk through this unofficial museum of bicycle touring. Or maybe it is a museum of June. Every single item has something written on it and all that writing is thanking June for her hospitality. It is a true testament to the kind of woman she was.
|Flowers for June, my note and my sticker|
So thank you, June. And thank you Hope for keeping this small world alive!
PS. There is a guitar!!!!! I'll be up all night. This is magical!