I decided to sleep in a little longer today since Damon got in so late. We had our actual introductions once he got up. Crazy, but it’s been 7 years since I’ve seen him! This seems like a great excuse for a reunion. I’m impressed by how comfy his bike looks, but think it might be handful if we encounter any rough trail sections. However, he’s got a good 60 or so pounds on me, so he can manhandle it better than I could. We didn’t get on the road until about 10 or 1030. We only rode a few mile on gravel before we picked up pavement again. Today was a great ride. It was nice having someone with me, and we could talk pretty well on our Sena headsets, so we had a chance to catch up on life as we were riding. We went through some just beautiful country. Once again, everything is so green. Some of the home sites looking out over valleys were just amazing. And we passed several really pretty lakes. We went up and down through the mountains, going from 2500ft to 1100ft and back again. We also went from North Carolina to Tennessee to Virginia.
We made it to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (http://www.nps.gov/cuga/planyourvisit/camping.htm) and camped for the night. It was a pretty large campground with nice bathhouses. They had a pretty cool looking cave you could hike to, but apparently it was closed because people were getting some bat disease or something, so we missed it. Oh well.