(picture: A real live Piggly Wiggly store – and there was me thinking it was a made up place from ‘Driving Miss Daisy’!)
Date: 5 May 2011
Woke up in: Ocracoke, Outer Banks, North Carolina
Fell asleep in: Cedar Point, Carteret County, North Carolina
Miles ridden today: 69
Total miles ridden so far: 798.5
Weather: Sunny, but with a cold wind. Brr…
We kicked off today with a 6.30am alarm, in order to catch the 7.30am ferry that transported us over a choppy sea for two and a half hours before depositing us back on the mainland. Farewell Outer Banks, you were awesome.
A very exciting thing happened today; we had the wind pushing us rather than punishing us for large parts of the day. That meant we could cycle a fairly easy 15-16 mph rather than battle to do a measly 12 mph. Hurrah! Those of you that cycle will so get what I mean. It does appear to have changed direction again now though. Boo…
We spent the first half of today cycling along the scenic and quiet roads in or near Cedar Island – a low lying area which is home to the wonderfully, and accurately, named settlement of Sealevel.
Then we saved some time – and miles – by a bit of urban cycling along North Carolina’s route 24. Not the prettiest or calmest of routes but it did allow me to fulfil a long held ambition – I finally got to go to a real live Piggly Wiggly grocery store ( http://www.pigglywiggly.com )in Beaufort, North Carolina.
Yes, they do actually exist and aren’t just a fictional store that happens to get name dropped in a lot of films based in the US southern states. We couldn’t bring ourselves to buy anything in there though – its layout and decor hadn’t left the 1970s, and I was worried their stock might date back from then too…