July 22, Day 51: Draper to Catawba, VA (57 miles)

Today we were woken up at 6:00am by a bunch of chickens clucking around our tent. Terry Jo came running out of the store and chased them away for us.
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Chickens.

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Perry gave us a jar of homemade apple butter for the road.

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Packing up the tent. Lots of bugs in the grass.

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Out front.

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Terry Jo didn’t let me take a picture of him — “I’m too old and too red!” — but I snapped a shot of him making breakfast. A bunch of people were lined up for his biscuit sandwiches.

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We had just enough money to buy two of these. Oh they were good.

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Leaving Draper we felt super tired.

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Here Matt realized he left his jacket back at the store. Luckily we chose the driveway with someone pulling out of it and he got a 5 minute ride back to retrieve it. Cars are so fast, woah.

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Coming around Claytor Lake, where we were going to camp last night.

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In Radford. This was the first major fast food chain we stopped at all trip. Man the chocolate and fresh banana malt hit the spot.

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We couldn’t get ourselves to leave town but when we did we found wild blackberries.

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Cucumber and gas station ranch, the perfect snack.

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Stopped at a country store in Catawba and found the Gatorade we’ve been dreaming of. Why can’t these be everywhere?

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Cyclist are allowed to camp behind the store so that’s what we decided to do instead of going 20 more miles to Troutville. There was another cyclist, Lucas, here from Switzerland who was traveling west.

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The owner of the store gave Lucas all of the leftover sandwiches, which he then gave to us. We had one and decided to stick with making rice and beans.

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