Just to add to Marie's comments, it almost doesn't seem real yet. We are traversing familiar territory, having ridden the C&O Canal several times, most recently in October 2013 with EO-DC. We are used to being muddy.
We were touched by the well wishes, and especially by the cycling escort provided by Bill and Victor.
10 day weather forecast calls for rain every day. I keep trying different weather apps to get a different forecast.
The first of many. When Marie is tired and can't go on, insert ice cream and she runs for at least an hour or two.