Day 21: Charlotte to Boiling Springs, NC

Me, Phil, Mike and Christine before leaving Charlotte

This morning Phil and I walked down the street and around the corner for breakfast at a trendy place called Zada Janes.  I had an omelet with spinach, goat cheese, caramelized onions, tomatoes, basil, roasted garlic and mushrooms, and Phil had amaretto French toast.  On the way back, we stopped at a bakery to buy a spinach scone and chocolate chip muffin for the road.  After packing up, we said good-bye to Mike and Christine and got a bit of a late start to Boiling Springs.

Going through downtown Charlotte was rather slow with traffic, but once we got out of the city we made fairly good time.  We stopped a few times, but for no longer than 10 minutes until our last stop, where we indulged in Reese’s peanut butter cups and dark chocolate dipped in peanut butter.  One memorable moment was when we rode by the airport just outside of Charlotte.  Mike told us we would be able to see the planes fly very close to us if we were to go down a certain road, and we did indeed find ourselves on that road.  Another nice place our route brought us through was Belmont, a small town that tempted me with bakeries, dessert bars and cupcakes, but I managed to get away with only a stop in the Belmont bike shop to buy some spare tubes.

When we finally reached Boiling Springs, it was almost dark.  Our hostess, Danielle, lives on campus with three roommates, Taylor, Caroline and Anna, at Gardner Webb University.  Nobody was home when we arrived, but they left us a guest key so we could move in and shower.  When Danielle returned from church, she and Taylor walked with us to the Chik-Fil-A on campus, and they used points on their student ID cards to get us food.

We plan to stay in Boiling Springs on Thursday as well, since we both could use a rest day and it’s supposed to rain.


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.

Posted on 10 November 2011, in Bicycle Touring, Providence to New Orleans. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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