Day 21: Charlotte to Boiling Springs, NC
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.