this is a short post, just wanted to give some facts:
-made it to virginia
-almost every house has an american flag (only a couple confederate flags)
-one house was painted as the american flag
-found Hugh again, hung out for a couple of days, was great to be reunited, he made us pancakes in a church
-got food poisoning (unclear from what), spent the day in the bathroom and not leaving our hotel room, ale was a great friend and went out in the rain to buy me some goods while I listened to my book in the bathtub
-got attacked by dogs, was saved by a priest driving by who yelled at the dogs to leave me alone, my back panniers have holes now.