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    Day 1.167 – The Scrub of Your Own Self-complacency

    Wrightsville Beach -> Hammocks Beach
    Distance (km) : 112
    Time on bike : 5h 19m
    Brutto time: 11.00 – 19.15
    Avg : 20.9 km/h
    Max.speed: 36.4
    Total (km) : 49.703
    Altitude: 1 m
    Difficulty: 3 of 5

    4½ hours of sleep was all I got. Roads are calling again, which mean goodbye to Bryan and Robby with whom I’ve had such a superb time here in Wrightsville Beach.

    Robby gives me a ride to the bike shop (Two Wheeler Dealer) in Wilmington where a brand new front wheel is waiting for my baby.

    Again, Robby gives me a great discount and, very kindly, gives my a new pair of cycling shorts as a kind of goodbye present. Such good people (and thanks again, Robby, if you’re out there. Will miss your and Bryan’s company).

    New front wheel on my baby!

    I feel thoroughly happy back in the (new) saddle as I leave Wilmington, heading north towards the Outer Banks and Washington D.C.

    When you’ve climbed to the top of the mountain of happiness, the only potential pitfall is the risk of stumbling down the mountain side in the scrub of your own self-complacency. That’s the premisses for all mountaineering, be it on mountains of happiness or mountains of snow, and I’m more than willing to play the game. For now life’s just too good to worry about stumbling…

    My Koga after the make-over in Wilmington...

    Landscape is piney and monotonous today. Inside my mind it’s all but monotonous.


    Sun Rim Rhyno Light...

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    North Carolina cruising...

    With just 4½ hours of sleep I manage to rack up 112 km today. Just before sunset I find a little spot for my tent at the entrance to the Hammocks Beach State Park (closed), off the hwy. It’s right next to a private house, but setting up my camp I’m silent like a puma and remains unnoticed to the human eye. Bugs don’t seem to care much about me either. Hallelujah! Exhausted…

    My take on fast food...

    On this day..


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