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    Day 1.174 – Impeccable Hospitality in Maryland

    Saludo (VA) -> 5 miles N of La Plata (MD)
    Distance (km) : 142
    Time on bike : 6h 51m
    Brutto time: 07.30 – 18.40
    Avg : 20.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 52.1
    Total (km) : 50.363
    Altitude: 30 m
    Difficulty: 4 of 5

    Saludo Wild Camp, Virginia/US.

    Poor Bambi!

    It’s never too alarming when nature calls in this country, ‘cos you’re never far from a fast food restaurant. Thus, Burger King was also my Rescue King today. Afterwards, I opt for two dollar-menu burgers – I sort of felt I had to since there’s no free gift in this world, and since I’m a well-manered guy…

    Buy this day – and become part of the WT Hall of Fame 🙂

    A rare sign in an otherwise flat-flat east coast USA.

    Tune of the Day: Only – Nine Inch Nails

    In the afternoon I reach the Potomac River that separates Maryland and Virginia. It’s quite heartbreaking for me to see a “no bikes allowed on bridge”. Now Houston, what do we do?

    Next thing I know is a man waives me over to his car on a parking lot next to the bridge entrance. It’s Walter, and Walter is one fine man. He kindly offers me a ride across the bridge along the rush hour busy 2-lane road and I happily accept. Soon turns out that Walter lives with his family just 15-20 miles up the road, and since Walter is a fine man he offers me to come and stay for the night. Those angels up there definitely need a huge tip from my hand once I’m done with this WT Odyssey.

    La Plata real estate building, Maryland/US.

    T-storm looming behind my hosts' house near La Plata, Maryland...

    At “home” Walter and wife Zoa warmly greet me, and treat me to a tasty dinner, my first root beer drink, good talks and general, impeccable hospitality. The kids Evan (10) and Maia (5) are full of youthful (surprise!) energy and – along with the cats, of course – make this educated, warm family complete.

    Bike map studying with Walter...

    On this day..


    2 Responses to “Day 1.174 – Impeccable Hospitality in Maryland”

    1. betty Says:

      if you are coming northwest and end up in lancaster area u are welcome to come here if u like animals and need a place to stay and if its on a tuesday i will take u to a place called roots and see a farmers market that has been around 75 years

    2. Maarten Says:

      Hi Nicolai,

      sounds you still have the “rolling-on urge”.
      keep cool during hot summers………. wish you all the best on the ‘last’ chapter of this fine route through US. (so nice to get a different perspective from US these days!)
      Big kiss and hugs from Holland

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