Bilbo Baggins, when about to be invited on an Adventure by Gandalf, said it best: "We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!"
We got a late start out of Charlottesville. Partly because we were exhausted by the climbs coming into town, and party by the 4 AM knock on our motel room door, "Can I come in and hide from the police?"
The climb up to the Blue Ridge Parkway was a struggle. We had 70 pounds of stuff on our tandem, and weren't used to hills, let alone mountains. And we forgot about June Curry's place -- don't ask how.
We had driven that part of the Parkway before, but 8% grades on a bicycle are different. We crawled up each hill. It didn't help that the restaurant at the junction of the Parkway and US 250 was closed, and Pepsi can carry you only so far.
By 10 PM, we were still miles from our intended goal for that day, the Tye River Campground on the way down to Vesuvius. We rode on by the light of the almost full moon, with Jupiter and Venus bright. Steve ("Bones") and Andrea came by, twice, insisted on helping us find a place to camp, and helped us pitch the tent in their car's headlights. Except for a few drunken kids and a very persistent whippoorwill, we slept.
Yes, that's adventure. "Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!"