The day started with confirmation of what I suspected. It is the raccoons that are disturbing all the mulch I carefully laid down this spring as they dig for worms. Seems like worms love mulch as when I pull weeds they are plentiful. A .22 is within arm's reach but I leave the critters alone and put up with the inconvenience of restoring the damage they do. MapQuest shows me 3 different ways to reach Monterey, VA. I select the most zigzag route just to break up the boredom of the drive and it only adds a few minutes. Somewhere in WV, a road dead ends where it was supposed to continue. A stop at a market puts me back on track and soon.....
.....am driving through the mountains. Above, #250 descends into a valley where tomorrow there will be a food stop in front of one of the white buildings before the road goes up and over the final climb, Monterey Mountain. Arriving at.....
....Warm Springs, which is 30 miles south of Monterey and 5 miles north of Hot Springs. I check in at the "Inn at Gristmill Square" where I kill some time exploring the wine cellar. This is a great place to stay with a really good restaurant. My only problem is breakfast is not available until 7:00am which causes me to depart for Monterey later than I would like for the start of the ride.
Can't get a table until 8:00pm so what to do, what to do. Oh, start properly hydrating for the ride. Coming soon, the ride.