Day 18: Raleigh to Sanford, NC

Jeb and Valentine, in Raleigh

Me, Tom, Brian and Phil, before leaving Raleigh

We had another lazy morning.  Brian and Tom took us out to a pub where their running club was having brunch after the marathon.  Yes, there was a marathon in Raleigh that morning!  Our host in Sanford, John, had actually run the marathon too (and did quite well despite being sick and not getting any sleep the night before).  I had thought about running the half marathon, but abandoned the idea when I learned that it started at 7am.  We all biked to and from brunch, and then Phil and I packed up and said good-bye.

The day was warmer than it has been in weeks.  After 17 miles or so, we came to a charming town called Apex.  We stopped because I spotted a bike shop, and we wanted to buy more tubes, but it was closed.  A group of people sitting outside at the restaurant next door started chatting with us, and told us that the bike shop guy is somehow connected to the ice-cream shop down the street.  My ears perked up at that, and we thanked them before pedaling a few doors down to the ice-cream shop.  The girl inside confirmed that the bike shop was closed, but that didn’t really matter to me anymore, as long as there was ice-cream.

We continued on for another 20 miles before stopping for a quick snack.  I ate my leftover salad from the night before, and Phil ate one of the cookies we had smuggled out from he brunch buffet.  Making good time along old route 1, we arrived in Sanford before dark.  John and his two dogs, Riley and Finnegan, were outside to greet us.  We brought our bikes inside and showered, and John made dinner.  Being a medic, John generously shared some of his supplies with Phil so he could update his medic kit.  He also outfitted my bike with an army green bag for the handlebars, which I had been wanting in order to keep my camera and phone more accessible while riding.

After dinner, Phil and I got busy online, finding places to stay in other cities along the way, mapping out the course for the following two days, and writing a few sponsorship proposals.  We are still looking for sponsors, although haven’t put a whole lot of effort into actively seeking it.  If any of our readers have suggestions for sponsors or would like to sponsor us, comment below, or contact us by e-mail!  Also, if you haven’t already done so, sign up to follow our blog by clicking the “follow” button on the right side of this page!  That will show our potential sponsors that we have an audience, and the more people who are following us will increase our chances of receiving support.

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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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