So, when I reach Yorktown VA toward the end of this month, that will probably be the end of my adventures with long-distance bicycle travel.
What I'll miss the most will be the simple fact that in rural America people basically don't steal: it took me a while to accept that I could leave my bicycle unlocked when stopping somewhere for lunch, and that it would still be there after I'd paid the check, but once I accepted this fact the sense of freedom it provided was kinda intoxicating, and I anticipate it will be a hard transition for me to go back to no longer being able to trust the people around me.
I'll also miss the fact that the industries I'm passing by along this route are actually essential ones for our species.
And, finally, I'll miss the natural beauty.
What I WON'T miss is the paranoia: the degree to which seemingly ANY absurd conspiracy theory concerning President Obama is considered credible.