Catawba to Draper, Virginia. (59 mi.) Mile 472
Free camping again.
Today was very similar to the last, another pleasant day of cycling through rural Virginia. Centuries old hand-
Approximately 3 miles of bike lane so far on the Bikecentennial Trail. Thanks VDOT!!
An experimental bridge to nowhere: 2,000 ft. long, 175 ft high, 3 years in the building, at a cost of 17.4 million. It's part of Virginia's Smart Road research project. Today was Opening Day even though the bridge isn't really finished yet and doesn't really go anywhere.
Our goal for the night was the reported full amenities campground in Draper, but after a long day of hill climbing, we arrived to learn it was closed. Instead, we discovered Bryson's General Store, a magnet for people and activity in the community. When we got there, the activity was centering around the Bryson's 7 month old twin granddaughters, Sydney and Sally.
The Brysons represent another example of the best Virginian hospitality, happy to let cyclists camp behind the store free and offer any other assistance if necessary. Their prices on ice cream cones and other basics are very reasonable. We aren't used to finding small markets stocking turnip and mustard greens, cressy greens, kale greens, black-
Bryson's General Store