Day 17: Louisburg to Raleigh

Ray, Phil, Annette and me before leaving Louisburg

The distance from Louisburg to where we were staying in Raleigh was only 38 miles, so we left much later than usual, knowing that our host would not be home until after 6pm.  Liz had already left for work, so it was just her parents (and Archie, the Jack Russel Terrier) to see us off.  Ray biked with us for the first 3 miles, until the end of the Louisburg bike path.

After we had biked about 20 miles, we stopped at a Food Lion grocery store in Wake Forest to eat, and then bike the rest of the way to Brian’s house.  Brian was at a wedding reception and had hidden a key for us to let ourselves in.  We were greeted by his friendly pit-bull mix, Valentine, who stood by, wagging her tail, while we brought our bikes and all of our gear into the kitchen.

After showering and relaxing for a bit, Brian came home and we all had a drink.  Then, we drove to Natty Greene’s, a microbrewery to where the wedding reception had moved.  Phil and I ate dinner and had some beer there before we moved on to the Oxford pub, where they were celebrating Guy Faulkes night in the street, with fire, masks, live music, outdoor drinking and hula-hooping.  Another local couchsurfer, Steve, joined us there, and we all walked over to Sitti, where Liz was still waitressing.

Phil, Brian, Steve, Liz and Me at Sitti in Raleigh

Back in the Lebanese restaurant, we were all too full to order anything but tea (except for Steve, who had beer).  Liz surprised us with a complimentary appetizer plate though, and of course I couldn’t resist digging into all the delicious food.

Completely stuffed, we departed the restaurant, said good-bye to Steve, and headed back to Brian’s house, where we watched a short documentary called Asiemut, made by a French Canadian couple who bicycled through Mongolia, China, Tibet, Nepal and India.  By the end of this, Brian’s roommate, Tom, and his black Lab, Jeb, had come home, and we were all about ready to fall asleep.

About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

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