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1984 Bike Tour: Day 5 – Discovering gravity the hard way; And traffic volume then and now

Our Bikecentennial guidebook calls this the rolling Piedmont of Louisa and Hanover counties. Contemplating the issue of gravity on the porch of Kent's Store, I decided I'm carrying too much stuff.

These might be called rollercoaster hills, but they aren't as much fun as an amusement park. I speed downhill at top speed, cross a creek, then begin the uphill struggle. All that momentum is lost the moment the slope changes. Even

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though I had installed a triple chainring, giving me 15 gears, I can't downshift fast enough to sustain any speed. I'm either jamming the chain or dropping down to the lowest gears, spinning the pedals furiously to make any progress….

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1984 Tour: Day 4 – Give me cycling or give me death

I jumped out of the sack before 6, but we still didn't leave until 8. Three packets of instant oatmeal for breakfast. It's still friggin' cold (see Bruce in sweater, left).

After pedaling around Ashland, we headed up some narrow roads to Scotchtown, the home of Patrick Henry. We ate an early lunch there and met the groundskeeper, an old guy in beatup overalls.

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After leaving Scotchtown, the route started to climb. We were leaving the sandy Tidewater region and entering the firmer Piedmont plateau. This means that streams drop a few feet to the softer coastal sands, earning the term “fall line.”  We found another reason to call it the “fall line.” …..

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Commission votes Thursday on new name for John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Happy trails, Duke. It looks like the state of Washington Parks Commission is about to give a new identity to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. The staff for the state Parks and Recreation Commission has been searching for a new name for the semi cross-state trail for months. It sought suggestions from the public and …

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 3 – Still a shakedown cruise

After another breakfast of instant coffee, Pop-tarts and juice, we followed the campground owner's directions to the TransAmerica bicycle route via the historical Washington-Rochambeau route.

Today was chilly riding. Bruce wore polypro bottoms and tops, sweats, turtleneck, wool sweater, gloves and a hat under his helmet. Yesterday's warmish 80 degree high makes the weather today seem that much cooler….

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 2 – First roadside attraction – Shirley Plantation

We awoke to roosters crowing Monday morning. They walked down the hill from the house and strutted around our campsite.

Bruce and I climbed out of the tent at 5:45. It took us two hours to get ready, and most of that was just repacking our panniers so that the stuff we'd probably use first was at the top.

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After pop tarts and coffee (the water heated on a one-burner Coleman stove), we were back on the road at 8. …

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Day 1: Dude — Where’s my campground?

Sunday, May 13, 1984 Yorktown to Charles City, Va. 40 miles Note: Every few years I publish my journal from a transcontinental bicycle tour my friend and I took back in 1984.  I’ve included daily news updates to put things in context of what was happening in 1984, and Bruce has included his journal entries …

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Specialized recalls bicycles outfitted with Stout brand cranks

Specialized Bicycle Components announced it is recalling about 1,800 bicycles that use faulty Stout brand cranks after determining that the crank arm can separate from the drivetrain. No injuries or accidents have been reported, but Specialized is urging cyclists to stop riding the recalled bicycles and contact an authorized dealer for a free replacement. The …

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Man who struck and killed 5 bicyclists found guilty of second-degree murder

A Michigan jury returned a guilty verdict on Tuesday against the driver who two years ago plowed into a group of bicyclists — killing five and seriously injuring four. Charles Pickett Jr., 52, of Battle Creek was found guilty of five counts of second-degree murder, five counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, and four counts …

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Abandoned dockless vehicles: cars vs. bicycles

You’ve undoubtedly seen the fear-and-loathing photographs of thousands of unused dockless bicycles strewn about in huge piles in China. A number of bike-share companies received investor funding for bike rental systems and installed them in cities throughout China. There’s been more supply than demand, creating  a huge problem of unused dockless bikes. Some of those …

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Lance Armstrong pays $5 million in fraud settlement

Pro cycling cheat Lance Armstrong has settled his fraud lawsuit brought by the U.S. government for $5 million, it was announced on Thursday. Prosecutors were seeking up to $100 million in damages. After fending off accusations for years that he had doped his way to seven Tour de France championships, Armstrong admitted in 2013 that …

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