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    Day 1.168 – King of Sudoku?

    Hammocks Beach -> Newport
    Distance (km) : 49
    Time on bike : 2h 31m
    Brutto time: 08.00 – 16.00
    Avg : 19.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 41.9
    Total (km) : 49.752
    Altitude: 1 m
    Difficulty: 1 of 5

    Relatively bug-free morning at the Hammocks Beach State Park entrance…

    At the wild camp at Hammocks Beach, NC.

    The Stars 'n Stripes + The red/white Dannebrog!

    I have a few hours to spare this afternoon and decide to head down to the Emerald Isle Beach and chill a little. The beach is packed with American families this Saturday, all ages, with their sunshades and fancy thermo boxes full of beverages and snacks. I never tire of the smell of sunscreen.

    Buy this day – and become part of the WT Hall of Fame 🙂

    Bridge to Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

    Emerald Isle Beach, NC.

    On the beach, I don’t need any iPod to entertain myself. My neighbours in the sand are two sort of posh women in their 50s with the most terrific broad southern accent taken straight out of Forest Gumps’ mouth. That, my ladies and gentlemen, is beach bum entertainment!

    Ian (5) in the new pool. Newport, NC.

    In the afternoon I meet up with Alex, Mary Helen and their two wonderful kids, Ian (5) and Cooper (2) who’ve invited me to stay with them (through Warmshowers.org) in Newport.

    Alex, the Grill Master of the Day!

    We all have a very pleasant arvo/evening in the grassy backyard, kids splashing around in their new pool. Alex’ brother John and their mother is here as well, and we all enjoy a great BBQ dinner (shrimps, chicken, steaks, the sweetest corn, veggies) prepared by the Grill Master of the Day, Alex: 🙂

    Lovely dinner in Newport with the Glass Family...

    Playing corn bag in the back yard...

    Cooper and Ian are the most wonderful and well-mannered kids I’ve been around for a long time. Oh, if I could ever get beautiful kids like them. Will see what I can do when I get back home…

    Ian in his newly designed "Couch Rocket"

    Ian (5) and me (33)...

    I may be the self-proclaimed King of Sudoku, but Mary Helen happens to be the Queen of Sudoku and throws a Sudoku (level: EVIL) challenges at me. It was a pretty evil sudoku and yes, I lost the game, and thus I feel my title is in peril. Mary Helen, you are the well-deserved Queen of Sudoku! Respect…

    My comfy bed for the night in Newport, NC.

    On this day..

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    2 Responses to “Day 1.168 – King of Sudoku?”

    1. Lisa C Says:

      Hi NB,

      I should have told you it would be a grand idea to put an American flag on your baby back in Texas–haha….goes a long way when trying to tame the rowdy Southerner! I know that the “Bubba’s” and other special folk we have can be a bit challenging with those they don’t understand. (i.e. not sure if the pick up trucks with gun racks have honked at you much…)

      I’m glad to read you’ve observed the sunny side of our hospitality though. Pretty soon you will cross the Mason-Dixon line and be up in the North. Whole new kind of U.S. experience for you. Don’t let New Jersey get you down….Enjoy!

      Lisa

    2. Nicolai Bangsgaard Says:

      Hi Lisa…

      Thanks for the note about the Mason-Dixon Line. Didn’t know about it until now, thanks to you (and later Wikipedia)…Still looking for that real Bubba Experience, be it bad or different. 🙂

      Nicolai (D.C.)

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