Emporia, Virginia to Rocky Mount, North Carolina
59 miles (practically a day off!) 1,085' climbing---in other words a whole lot of flat
We started riding this morning and I had to look down at my shorts to see if I'd inadvertently put on some shorts without the padding in the seat. Nope, I had on my new-specially-bought-for-this-trip Terry cycling pants. I swear yesterday they had a lot more padding.
Since we ride the backroads, we see a lot of farmland. One crop I've never seen but wondered about is cotton.
|Poofy cotton balls on a cotton plant.|
|It feels and looks just like, well...cotton.|
|This is a peanut plant. The peanuts grow beneath the soil like potatoes. I've been intrigued with peanut plants ever since I first read about George Washington Carver in the 5th grade.|
|Some baby peanuts. |
I wonder if they'll get to be Reese's Peanut Butter Cups when they grow up.
|Steve W., Mike, Mary Kay, and I entering North Carolina|
|Today's SAG stop was at this lovely spot on the river |
near the Roanoke Rapids.
|For sale at our local convenience store.|
|You can buy a big styrofoam cupfull for $2.99. They come in the shell. You open the shell like|
you normally would, then eat the hot, squishy peanut inside.
I think they taste like pinto beans.