Central Focus point of the original Academic Village at University of Virginia. Founded on October 6, 1817 by Thomas Jefferson in the presence of three presidents; Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.
Today was a scheduled and welcome day off. The forecast was rain most of the day, so I wasn’t anxious to get back on my bike anyway.
My host family JoAnn and David Dalley were a delightful couple. My downstairs arrangement was perfect and I very much enjoyed their company.
JoAnn is a Master Gardner and avid bird watcher. David is a bicycle nut like me.
Thank you both for such a wonderful stay!
Montpellier was where I had planned to go but between my legs asking for rest and the rain I decided on plan B.
Thanks to their sweet and helpful daughter Rachel’s guidance, I set out exploring the city.
I must say that Charlottesville is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited.
Homes were built here between the trees and old growth forest is everywhere. The birds are thriving and their songs are ringing out everywhere one goes.
I walked from the Dalley’s home about a mile or so to the University of Virginia. Turns out it was graduation day and people were everywhere. Despite the chaos I did manage to get a look at the original campus and what
the students and faculty call “The Lawn”. The focal point is the Rotunda.
After my quick tour, I jumped on the Free shuttle into the Historic center of the city.
Historic Charlottesville is a four block mall consisting of Restaurants, Shoppes and nightlife. On the second floor are lots of LOFT’s.
As I have experienced from the start, everyone here is really nice.
It was a wonderful day off and I am ready for what David warns me is a grueling climb up to the Blue Ridge parkway.
I’ll find out tomorrow how the legs really feel.
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