Day 56: 207 miles - We went to bed last night hoping we would be able to finish today. We got up at 5:30 and were on the bike by 6:30. The route for the first 100 miles was beautiful rolling hills through central Virginia near Charlottesville. We rode right by Montecello as well as a few other historic estates and landmarks. We finished our first 100 miles in 5:27 right around noon and stopped for lunch at 112 miles in near Ashland, VA. After we had downed some food, we knew we could finish out the trip today. We had 95 miles to go after lunch and although the legs felt great, the saddle was getting very uncomfortable. We made great time for the next 80 miles and arrived in Williamsburg just before 7pm. The trip down highway 5 was also beautiful with a bunch of different old plantations scattered in the last 25 miles before Williamsburg. Once in Williamsburg, we had 13 miles down the Colonial Parkway to our final destination. So after about 45 minutes of terribly painful cobblestone/rough road, we rolled up to the Victory Monument in downtown Yorktown around 7:45 and found a blaring firetruck in the greating party.
Andy and I were both dazed after spending all day on the bike, but rolled down to the water front and took our symbolic dip in the bay to seal the deal. The second century of the day ended up taking 5:24 and we averaged 18.4 mph for the entire 207 miles. Time for some food, a bath and a bed. Trip summary to come soon.
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