Weigh-in #17 – Up a couple of pounds

Wheel full 70px My internet connectivity at my nightly stops when camping is on and off.  The last couple of nights have been the “off” end of the equation. But I did weigh in on Monday while I was in Myrtle Beach and found that, while the scale measured a few pounds more than the previous week, I was still solidly in the 290s. My feeling is that last week’s weight, while a wondrous thing to behold, might have been helped a bit by a not very accurately zeroed scale.

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Wheel full 70px There’s two weigh-ins left before I get to Key West.  I’ll also do a final “close the record” from there even though it will be a Thursday.  Any predictions as to what my weight will be on November 10th?  I’ll go out on a limb and say 283.8 pounds/128.7 kilograms.

Wheel full 70px We’ll see.

This afternoon’s ride

Wheel full 70px I’ll be riding my last miles in North Carolina this afternoon.  I’m currently just west of Southport after taking the ferry across the mouth of the Cape Fear River and plan to spend the night in North Myrtle Beach.

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Wheel full 70px It’s a beautiful sunny day, much cooler than yesterday.  There’s a little headwind, but it’s about the only thing affecting an otherwise perfect day.

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20 Days

Wheel full 70px That’s what’s left.

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Wheel full 70px Yesterday when I arrived in Jacksonville, North Carolina I had completed nine full weeks of my Halifax, Nova Scotia to Key West, Florida bicycle ride.  When I started out this morning I had three full weeks left before I would reach Key West on November 10th.

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Wheel full 70px Now it’s just 20 days.  That seems like such a short time.  At some point during the day’s ride tomorrow I will go below 1,000 miles/ 1,600 km remaining.  I won’t kid you there- that still seems like a ways.  But I can do that.

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Not all bike maintenance…

…takes place on the bike.

Wheel full 70px I was knocking sand off my shoes the other day when I was getting ready to leave Oregon Inlet campground.  This caught my eye.

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Wheel full 70px I called a bike shop: Island Cycles, down the Outer Banks in Avon, North Carolina.  John, the proprietor, said he was closing early to clean up damage at home left by the recent hurricane, but would leave a replacement screw on his porch if he wasn’t going to be there.

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Wheel full 70px He hadn’t left by the time I arrived, and so I bought three of these.

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Wheel full 70px He installed the screw, made sure all the others were tight, and I was on my way.

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Wheel full 70px I’m heading for Wilmington, North Carolina today. It’ll be my last full day in this great state.