Luckily, we had a rest day on 6/15. I was ready for one, and everyone else, even moreso! Damascus is a small town in rural VA. However it is unique in the fact that the AT (Appalachian Trail), TransAmerica Bike Trail, and VA Creeper trail all run through the town. As a result, there are not two but three bike / outdoor gear stores, along with several nice restaurants; and also a bonafide coffee (meaning real espresso) beverage shop: rejoice! This place also served food. It was so good, I went back for lunch!
Ahh, pictured above is a lovely cappuccino and French toast!
Besides all of the wonderful food, Damascus also provided an excellent opportunity to purchase some items. I got a nice big sun hat, and a speedometer, which proved to be difficult to install. In fact, I had to have my Chinese touring companion Ping help me through it, even though he does not speak any English, apparently he is a retired engineer, and he knew what he was doing! Damascus was a wonderful town for a rest day to rejuvenate the legs. I would absolutely reccomend it for a weekend get-away, and I know that personally I would love to visit it again.
Good evening, Francis