Afton, VA > Mineral, VA
Eventually I reached Charlottesville and wouldn't you know it, that's where UVA is! Haha, I had no idea nor did I even think about it but it made for the perfect place to have a bite to eat. I found a table halfway inside and halfway outside a pub-type restaurant and ordered a burger. Holy joy (I typed "holy moly" but i messed up and it autocorrected to "holy joy"), it was amazing. I almost ordered another because I still wasn't full but I knew I'd be comatose if I did that and it wouldn't make for productive riding post feast. Womp. =( It was a nice atmosphere though. Not unlike sitting at Fido's near Vandy and watching a bunch of students do their thing. I enjoyed being in a city again if only for a moment.
Monticello was close by as I left Charlottesville and since I remembered seeing a picture of it in a high school history book, I wanted to check it out first hand. Monticello is the estate of our 3rd President, Thomas Jefferson. He dabbled in architecture among other things in his day and the mansion he built for himself is something to behold. Being a little later in the day, I had missed the 3 o'clock tour and there wasn't another that day. The tickets were also $24 which I thought was too much. As part of the visitor's center though, there's a free museum you can wander around and so I did. They have some very large scale models of the house so I basically saw it without seeing it. The views from the property would have been nice, but they wouldn't have really been any different from the views I had been seeing from my bike for the past day. Maybe one day I'll get back there. John Adam's estate is nearby as well.
My camping spot was at another fire house. There was another cyclist tent set up in the yard but I never met who it was because I think they were asleep already (it wasn't that late). I took a birdbath in the bathroom sink inside and set up my stuff for the evening. Some family members of a few of the guys who were on duty there were hanging out at the picnic tables with me for a bit and they let me inside where it was warmer so I could blog and such. I also used the wifi to figure out how I was going to get to D.C. the next day since I had reached the end of my usable map and was now about to head off route in the morning. Not a bad night at all.