Monday, October 24, 2016

October 24, 2016. Carolina Beach to Ocean Isle Beach, NC. 45 miles.

We loaded our luggage and prepped our bikes at 7:30, then rode to breakfast. That worked well.

We had a ride of about 7 miles to the ferry at Fort Fisher. Fort Fisher was an important location during the Civil War, and it is said that losing that fort exposed Wilmington and was a major factor in the CSA losing the war.

We arrived in time for the 9:15 ferry (it runs every 45 minutes).

While on the ferry across Cape Fear River to Southport we had a bystander take our photo. Unfortunately Doris could not get out of her car--they really load these vehicles in tight! But here are the rest of us: me, Bill, Fred, Kathie, Dennis, Diana and Tom.

While I was walking back to my bike a woman named Terri asked about our group. I told her we were just a bunch of friends riding the coast of North Carolina, not an organized group. We spent a long time talking about a variety of things, and I encouraged her to get a bike and give it a try.

In Southport we went round and round a roundabout that had palm trees and a boat in the circle.

We stopped at a corner service station when we were confused about our planned route. Diana showed me what boiled peanuts looked like--no thanks!

Our route took us on the very busy highway 17 for about a mile, and we stopped for lunch at the Grillin' Crab in Shallotte. The food and the service were superb.

And then we were here! We are at Ocean Isle Beach, NC, and this is our beach. There are also 2 swimming poos, one indoor and one outside.  I felt like goldilocks--the outdoor pool was too cold and the indoor pool was too hot! I did not find one that was just right, but swam a bit anyway.

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