Day 4, Ashland to Crashland, VA

I am typing this with one hand. I wish that was as dirty as it sounds. But it’s not and I’ll explain that in a minute. But first, let’s catch up. After a restful night in Ashland, I set off on what I planned to be a long mileage day. First stop would be Mineral for lunch, then on to just outside Charlottesville to a KOA. About 95 miles, give or take. It ended up being “take” day. Definitely a take. But you don’t know things are going to go pear shaped when you’re starting out, all fresh in the …

Welcome, Mr. Zimmerman

Oh, it’s a hotly debated issue in the touring cyclist world. Panniers vs. trailer. It’s the Mac vs. PC. The Cats vs. Dogs. But I don’t care. I made a decision and this is it. This lil’ Bob Yak trailer, whom I have christened Zimmerman, can carry 70lbs if needed. I am actually trying to keep the load down to around 50lbs or less. Now, you might be saying to yourself: “But Janeen, you’re not leaving until May. Why did you get this so soon?” That’s a very astute observation. The answer is because I would like to do some …