Sunday May 1,2016 37.5 miles(60.4 km)
After a rainy night, the day started foggy. The ride was through the Jefferson National Forest with a mixture of forest land and farm land. The road followed a very nice stream with cascades and small waterfalls.
The weather soon changed to a hard rain. I continued riding until it became too hard and unsafe to continue. Fortunately I came to this beautiful log church in which I took shelter until the rain passed.
Saw this mirror at end of a driveway in a steep corner, I could not resist taking a selfie.
Saw many wildflowers again. Probably the most common wildflower I have seen on the ride is buttercups like those pictured below.
I rode through the community of Damascus, Virginia, a town which caters to hikers on the Appalachian Trail as it is a major stopping place along the trail. The town has several hostel, restaurants and a few outfitters to provide services to the hikers. I had a second breakfast while in town which was very good.
After I left town I continued riding through the Virginia countryside. I came across the old water-powered mill pictured below.
I spent the night camped under the picnic shelter behind the Mount Carmel Christian Church in Meadowview, Virginia. The church was having a cookout for the youth that evening and I was given dinner also.