Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oxnard, CA, USA
Looks like a decent route. Just make sure you get receipts at every "corner" point, to prove that you didn't take a diagonal shortcut road, or that you took a longer loop road around a city instead of going straight through. That would probably be Sandston (by the airport), Dortches, Greensboro, Clyde, Dandridge/White Pine, and Strasburg. Those don't have to be fuel (food or an ATM counts), but they do help prove that you rode the entire route as submitted.
Also, while it may be convenient to start from home, that isn't strictly necessary. Nor is it necessary to start and end in the same place. You could ride straight to the interstate, get a good receipt there, and use that as your official starting time. Then make your loop and stop again wherever it's convenient to get an ending receipt. That might save you from getting start/ending receipts in King George, then also getting corner receipts in Falmouth and Ruther Glen to prove that little detour.
As for your riding buddy, sometimes it does help to share this type of ride with a friend. But make sure that you're in synch here. Verify what is a comfortable fuel range, and what is expected at stops. It can be rather frustrating if you're fueled up and ready to go, and he's lighting his third cigarette . . .
Also, have a plan in case someone breaks down or just gets tired and wants to drop out. Do you stick with your buddy and scrap the ride, or do you agree to split up and head out separately (assuming that everyone is safe and not stranded, that is). Either way works, just make sure you discuss it beforehand so there's no confusion.
Other than that, have fun!
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