Day 19: Sanford to Troy, NC

John, me and Phil before leaving Sanford

Phil made breakfast in the morning – poached eggs and oatmeal with apples and blueberries in it.  John was extremely generous and offered us pretty much anything we could have ever needed.  He also made us promise to get in touch with him if we run into any trouble or need any help or supplies along the way.  Every day I am touched by how nice everyone we meet really is, and I hope we get to see these people again some day.  It’s a little sad not knowing whether we will run into them again, but fortunately we can keep track of everyone more easily through technology like e-mail.  And, of course, everyone can keep track of us through the website for now, so you’ll know where to find us!

After we left John’s house, we stopped briefly to shed our outer layers and adjust our equipment, and then rode on until we hit 20 miles.  We have generally been stopping about every 20 miles for a quick snack or a stretch, or occasionally, a long lunch break.  The weather was absolutely perfect, but with more hills to contend with, our average speed was a tad slower than it has been over the past week.  A few miles down the road from mile 40, we stopped at a Chinese restaurant for a long meal and stocked up on food at the Food Lion next door.

The sun beginning to set just before pulling into the woods

Because of the daylight savings time change, it has been getting dark an hour earlier.  It started to get dark on us around 5 pm, after we had only gone about 50 miles.  We were planning to camp in the forest between Sanford and Charlotte today, and we were already riding through the middle of it, so we looked along the road for a place to set up our tent.  Phil found a suitable location for us at just past 53 miles, so we pulled into the woods and set up camp.  It got dark quickly once the tent was up, and with little else to do, we got into our sleeping bags and settled down for an early night.

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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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