Blacksburg - Wytheville
After having enjoyed the student infused atmosphere in Blacksburg we continued to head westwards. But not before we had our traditional american breakfast (coffee, omelette and toast). This time there was a little bit drama added to the routine. A customer of the diner suddenly had - wait for it - a bleeding nose, driving all of the staff kind of crazy, they even called an ambulance (which arrived with this stereotypical sirene sound) - it was quite amusing indeed. And free of charge.
Leaving that intermezzo behind we hit the Huckleberry Trail, a route which is dedicated to bikers and runners, beautifully situated and nicely maintained which helped us to get along pretty quickly. On the trail we once again met people who are faszinated about our project, these positive feedbacks are always very empowering - really cool!
That morning we didn't know that we had a real moutain on our route (at least our fellow "Burgenländer" would call Draper Mountain a real mountain). For Lukas it was a nice distraction, however also Berni is kind of getting the hang of driving uphill. Although very exhausting it was an amazing feeling to be on top of the hill and have a look down over Virginia.
On this uphill ride we had our second encouraging moment of the day. One of the roadside workers asked us what the hell we are doing and where we are going. Although this interaction just took around 30 seconds he was really fascinated and cheered with/at us to get us up that mountain.
Oh yeah and since everything seems to be possible in the US we also had the rare opportunity to see how new trucks are getting delivered - stabled on each other - a somewhat obscure sight...
After this, we enjoyed a smooth ride through Virgina, ending the day in Wytheville, VA.
B & L
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