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    Day 1.163 – Wrightsville Beach

    Shallote -> Wrightsville Beach
    Distance (km) : 93
    Time on bike : 4h 52m
    Brutto time: 07.50 – 18.20
    Avg : 19.0
    Max.speed: 40.2
    Total (km) : 49.580
    Altitude: 1 m
    Difficulty: 3 of 5

    Jehovah’s Witnesses was a good decision. I don’t know if it’s generally like that with the Witnesses, but last night it was, ‘cos I slept like a child for some 9 hours, until the sounds of birds and traffic woke me up. No mossies, no worries.

    Wild camp behind a Jehovah's Witnesses church near Shallote, NC.

    Instead of staying on Hwy 17 that goes straight in to Wilmington, I turn right on Hwy 211 that goes to the ferry at Southport. Fresh headwinds are following me all day. The ferry ride is 30 minutes, 2 USD.

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    Leaving Southport, NC.

    Seagull on the Southport ferry, NC.

    Pleasure Island is the name of the island where I’m dropped off at Fort Fisher. The coastal cycling through Kure Beach and Carolina Beach is quite a pleasure.

    Carolina Beach, NC.

    Through Warmshowers I’ve been in contact with Bryan in Wrightsville Beach (just east of Wilmington NC) who’s invited me to come and stay. I give him a call from Carolina Beach and it’s all green lights. 5 minutes after my arrival at Bryan’s rented beach house one block from the beach, I have a cold beer in my hand and there’s no better welcome to me.

    Pier at Wrightsville Beach, NC

    Bryan with his banjo. Wrightsville Beach, NC

    Bryan (computer programmer, banjo player, ironman etc, 26) shares the cool beach house with Robby (22, who happens to be a bike mechanic in town – something that’ll come in handy tomorrow!), and together we go for a little walk down to the beach at the Atlantic Ocean and later have some great pizza at the Mellow Mushroom Pizzaria in Wilmington.

    Pizza with Robbie and Bryan...

    Not only do Bryan and Robby take care of the bill, they’re really cool guys and great company, and we have an all together pleasant evening that ends after a few stubbies over a game of pool at one of Wrightsville’s bars.

    Bryan behind the delicious Mellow Mushroom pizza. Wilmington, NC.

    Over the dinner I mention the Band of Horses gig in Myrtle Beach on Thursday that I’ve been dreaming about for quite a while now. I’ve been mesmerized by the band’s music ever since I first heard about them late in 2007. There’s no hesitation with these guys and they immediately go: “Let’s go then!” and I can hardly believe what I hear. The logistics of getting down there for the gig myself has been a bit of a pain for me, but not it suddenly seems like I’m (we’re) going to make it. Goosebumps stuff!

    On this day..

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