NYC to Florida – Day 15


(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 ( )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…

About silkakt

I love to explore countries on foot or by bicycle. An English woman, I moved to the south of Spain in September 2020 and I have dreams of encouraging more people to discover this amazing country by walking its various Camino routes. To date, I've walked the French Camino from St Jean in France, the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon (interior route, not coastal) and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo. I have also walked a fair few long distance trails in the UK, including all of the National Trails in England and Wales, and a couple of long walks in beautiful Scotland.
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