In the morning I felt like a zombie awakening from the earth. Fortunately the coffee, sipped in the sunny morning light, made me feel alive. Later I'd make some oatmeal then cycle down to Narrows, VA down the New River. I spent the day lounging near the historic duck pond and charging my phone in the adjacent library. Around 4:30, I overheard talk about a parade and learned the high school homecoming was that evening. The police and fire were preparing to close down streets and citizens lining up along Main St. The parade was a small town hit and I collected a bit of candy tossed out by the floats, rationalizing it as fuel for the road ahead. Free food always works for me. My highlight was the small marching band playing "Rocky Top" on this normally quiet Appalachian street.
After the parade I grabbed a quick canned food and retired to Camp Success along the New River. The last rays of sun glowed brightly on the fall leaves downriver before sinking beyond the mountain by 6pm. The cool blue light of dusk fell over the river front as the Norfolk & Western coal train blared it's horn heading my way. Camping along the roads and railroads, I always carry ear plugs it just drowns out the sound of the river.