Today’s Plans

Wheel full 70px I biked through Charleston, South Carolina yesterday.

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Wheel full 70px This is one more place that I have just had to suck it up, more or less close my eyes to all the interesting things there are to see, and just ride.  I actually have about half a rant post written about the lamentable incompatibility of long distance bicycle touring and sightseeing.  I’ll tone it down some and put it up before the end of the trip.

Wheel full 70px The bottom line- you tend to see the stuff that is next up down the road.  Like this.

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Wheel full 70px So I’m west of Charleston this morning headed for somewhere near Beaufort (common name in the Carolinas, apparently).

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Wheel full 70px Maybe I’ll spend the night on Parris Island.  In any event, tonight I’ll be about 30 miles/50 kilometers from the South Carolina/Georgia state line, and the next to last state on the trip.

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What?  No anchovies?

On My Ride I’m Goin’ to Carolina

Wheel full 70px After I crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel today I was riding in Virginia Beach, where I drilled at Fort Story for several years in the 80s as a member of the Army Reserve.

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Wheel full 70px Heading south from there, I crossed into the 11th out of the 14 states I will be in on my trip.

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Wheel full 70px Tomorrow I will head back over the Currituck Sound, which I crossed today with one other vehicle from Knotts Island on the ferry.

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Wheel full 70px I’ll be on the Outer Banks on my way to Ocracoke, which is one of my favorite places in the whole world.  I hope to have a rest day there.

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Yet Another Benefit of the Space Program

Wheel full 70px A retired military ID card…

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Wheel full 70px Don’t leave home without it.

Wheel full 70px I’m spending the night in a Navy Lodging Facility on the Wallops Island NASA base.  This area of the Eastern Shore  of Virginia has pretty slim pickings as far as campgrounds and motels are concerned. I was resigned to riding for a while in the dark to make it to a motel south of here that Google Maps made sound pretty awful and then I thought, “I wonder if Wallops Island has a BOQ?”   So here I am.

Wheel full 70px Oh, and

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Wheel full 70px Four states left to go.  I can do this!

Postcards from the Shore

Wheel full 70px Yesterday’s ride presented a lot of contrasts.  There was a quick ride through the last of New Jersey as I hurried to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry first thing in the morning.

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Wheel full 70px Big ocean vistas out on Delaware Bay.

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Wheel full 70px A stretch of rural countryside at the Delaware end of the ferry crossing.

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Wheel full 70px Then came the resort communities of the Delaware and Maryland shores.

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Wheel full 70px These were interspersed with peaceful natural stretches where development seemed very far away.

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Wheel full 70px There was even a big modern bridge that looked like it was opened yesterday. The bridge was probably, at about 70 feet/21 meters above the water, the highest point in elevation by far that I climbed yesterday.

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Wheel full 70px All in all a very nice day for a ride.  I’m starting today from Ocean City, Maryland.  If I was riding on Interstate 95, I’d be south of Washington, D.C.

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Another Friend

Wheel full 70px Frank and I met up tonight for dinner at a restaurant in Cape May, New Jersey.

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Wheel full 70px My friend drove down from his home near Philadelphia and we spent a great evening chatting about our mutual love of epic outdoor adventure and the challenges presented by stuff like bad knees, issues with vision and the changes in general that go with being in your 60s.  I can assure you, though, that there was no whining.

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Wheel full 70px I owe Frank a big meal at a nice restaurant someday, and hope he can make it up to Alaska to collect on that debt there.  I’d like to think that I could show him even half the good time that we had tonight.

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