Back on October 13, last week (but what feels like a century ago), while hoping the rain would go away, we visited the site that makes Grafton WV famous. Mother’s Day began in the city of Grafton WV. The first observance of Mother’s Day was held in 1908 at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church on Main Street in Grafton after Ms. Anna Jarvis requested recognition of mothers and their significance to the country. That observance led to Mother’s Day as a national holiday.The church is now the International Mother’s Day Shrine.
My friend, Joan, designed the route I am now following to the Atlantic Ocean. She had hoped to ride it with me but could not. Her mother fell ill but is on the mend. We are wishing her mom the absolute best.
My friend, Joanie, who was going to sag in Kansas and Missouri, is unexpectedly nursing her mother back to health. We are wishing her mom the best as well.
Sticking with my plan to not look ahead too far, I only noticed a couple of days ago that Joan’s route would take me within 20 minutes (by car) of where my mom lives. I am very happy that my mom is well. We are spending the night with her!
Today, I left the RAAM route and began Joan’s route. I’m splitting it into five segments in order to arrive at Bethany Beach on Sunday, October 23, so my mom can be there. The first segment today was amazing. Beyond being scenic, it included some challenging features: at least four 10% hills, a descent that started at 10% and got steeper right before a stop sign, and 1/2 mile of gravel.
There was also a piece of the Torrey Brown Rail Trail where I trained on Aug 6. That day, I had a flat. For the first time, I fixed it entirely by myself only to have it flat again as soon as I got back on the bike. At that point, I took my bike to Bicycle Connections where Lindsay Nicolucci gave me additional tips about changing flats that Susie and I applied in our air-conditioned room in Salome AZ. Gnomeland is on the Torrey Brown Trail. Today, I met the sister of the guy who set it up.
Here are several videos from today’s ride:
Higgins Saw Mill on Hokes Road
Interesting Pennsylvania roads
Cornfields and a descent through a cut in the dirt rather than rock down to Torrey Brown Rail Trail
The life cycle of corn: fully grown, harvested, and being stored in a grain elevator
An active grain elevator
Start location: Hanover PA
End location: Bel Air MD
Distance: 43.5 miles
Cumulative distance: 3014.8 miles
Elevation gain: 2345.8 feet
Special features: First day off the RAAM route and first day on Joan’s route, three state crossings (PA to MD to PA to MD), Mile 3000 (remembered at 3006)
Strava track: https://www.strava.com/activities/750108416