Pre-Ride Activities - JP and I left Western New York June, 14th and spent the night in Winchester, VA. Winchester is located in Shenandoah Valley and lies between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains in the NW corner of the state. This area is rich in Civil War history. While here in Winchester I had the opportunity to catch up with some folks I met a couple of years ago when I judged a car show down here. JP and I had dinner in Old Town and walked around that historic area a bit before retiring.

Saturday we were up early and arrived on the east coast in Newport News, VA in mid afternoon. This area is almost antiseptic. Clean to a fault which is probably a tribute to the scads of Military and other Government properties around here. Sort of like the Canadian side of the border around Queenston.

We met up with some friends of JP's for a barbecue where we were joined by Bruce and Heidi et. al. After eating a great meal it was off to bed for an early start in the morning.

victory monument

The ACA (Adventure Cycling Association considers Victory Monument in Yorktown, VA the eastern terminus of the Transamerica Trail. Since the ride will be east to west this will be the beginning of the ride. We met up with the riders at Berkeley Plantation which is the site of the first official Thanksgiving. Heidi took the children on tour for an official history lesson.