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Head to Head Complete

First of all, let me just start off by saying thank you to all who supported, helped and encouraged me along the whole 550 miles of my trip.  I really appreciated the text messages, the IM’s and just reaching out to me to let me know you were thinking of me.  It made those long days of riding a little bit easier.  It has been nice to have a few days home recouping from my trip.  All parts of my body are feeling better especially my buttocks. My bruises are darkening into a nice deep purple color from Monday’s wreck. The welts from the  hives went away yesterday only leaving a little itch and red spots, and my fingers are slowly getting their feeling back into them.  So all is going well.  I can’t say the same for my bike though. My poor Cannondale probably has seen her last mile in Hilton Head.  The stick that got lodged in-between the wheel and her frame, unfortunately, ended up cracking and denting her.   (more…)


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Ending With a Bang Day 9

Did you know that morning traffic in Charleston starts way before 6:30 am and the sun doesn’t come up until 7:20 am.  That left me with a choice of getting up at 5 and riding in the dark or sucking up traffic a little bit before sunrise.  I chose to suck up traffic at 6:30.  However, it was so foggy that even though the city lights were enough to light my way, I was really concerned about other people seeing little ol’ me riding a bike with a little tail light. (more…)


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Bridge Day day 8

Yesterday was a perfect day spending it with my son and family and friends at the Citadel for Parent’s Weekend.  We got to walk around in his battalion and watch the class of 2018 become official cadets.  I love this time at the Citadel.  You get to see the new knob parents beam with pride as they watch the ceremony of their knob finally make it to the bottom of the totem pole of the cadet rank structure.   (more…)


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Breaking Point Day 7

My plans had been to drive with Kaitie to Charleston today to meet up with Derek and family for Parent’s weekend at the Citadel.  He said he would be available after 3 because he needed to study a bit before the weekend.  So I jumped on my bike hoping to get to Mt Pleasant.  I knew it would be a long day, but I had such a good day yesterday I thought I could do it again.  Wrong!  South Carolina roads are NOT like North Carolina roads. (more…)


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Easy Breezy Day 6

After yesterday’s ride and all that happened and knowing I had to ride through Wilmington, NC during morning traffic I was really dreading getting out of bed. I made it out the door and on the road a little ways when I realized I had left my cycle gloves back at the hotel.  I did remember my water bottles though, so that was a plus.  So I turned back and retrieved them.  Wilmington is a very cycle friendly city.  I had a bike path the whole way through the center of town.  It was great! Then I made it to River Road and I had 8 miles of basically me and the road along a river.  It was a great morning ride and I would ride through Wilmington anytime!   (more…)


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A Day of First’s Day 5

Check out my ride on RidewithGPS.  Today was a big day for me. Scott needed to get home so in the morning he drove me on the other side of Jacksonville saving me 10 miles and riding in morning hour traffic. Have to say I was a bit nervous about the thought of not having him close by. My mind began the “what if” game and my stomach kind of sunk as I watched him drive off and I was wondering why was I not just going home with him. My body ached, I didn’t know where I was going to stay or how far I could get, blah blah blah… So to drown out the doubt I jumped on my bike and headed for my first turn to get off of 17. Wouldn’t you know it, it was a gated off-road leading to Camp Lejeune. (more…)


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A Gift Day 4

This morning I was a little bit demotivated because I had to have Scott drive me about 21 miles back to the place where he picked me up last night. I sometimes think it is harder for me to see the route in a city before actually doing it because it leaves me with a hole in my stomach seeing the traffic, the construction, the potholes, and doubting my ability as to where I can do it or not.  The trip back to Stacy was a  long one even though it was 21 miles… (more…)


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Night Rider Day 3

Interesting day today. I woke up fully intending to ride over 60 miles today, however I managed to crank out a big 15 miles through Ocracoke and another 15 miles through the Cedar Island Wildlife Reserve! Wow! Yay me. Note to self, on days you take a ferry ride be sure to check the schedule prior to getting to station. That way you won’t take you’re sweet time and miss the earlier ferry! So I had to wait 3 hours for my 2 1/2 hour ferry ride to Cedar Island (said with a ‘sk’ sound so said a local Cedar Islander). So today was boat day because I have spent more time on it than my bike. (more…)


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Warmup Days One and Two

imageTwo days of riding under my belt… Or my butt I should say.  I haven’t pushed myself at all yet by spending all day on the bike because I have wanted to spend time enjoying this area with my hubster.  It’s really been fun so far despite my absent-mindedness in leaving my purse in a restaurant, losing my very good polarized filter for my camera somewhere, and leaving my water bottles in the last hotel we stayed at! Yikes and it is only the first two days of my trip…. (more…)


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Rain Delay

I was all packed and ready to leave today but I decided to delay my bike trip due to the next 10 days of nothing but thunderstorms predicted for the whole duration of my trip.  I had planned on a few days of rain, but not 10 freakin days! There comes a point of how much of a challenge I want, and at this point I am already challenging myself with riding on busy roads everyday, riding through big cities I am unfamiliar with, riding with a not so good hip flexor and iliopsoas muscle, and just completing my 600 plus miles. (more…)