Burlington to Holly Springs
Wednesday October 4, 2006, 69 miles (111 km) - Total so far: 268 miles (431 km)
I left camp this morning around 7:30. Nimble Nate was still in bed. I quickly met up with Dennis and Kristen in the cool morning fog. As I mentioned before, Dennis and Kristin are from Carlilse, Pa. Dennis works in dairy (which comes in handy if you want to know the difference between Cool Whip and whipped cream) and Kristin is a piano teacher.They were doing the optional century, so they were riding at a good pace.
Before long, we picked up Mark, from New York, and continued to ride like hell. Mark is a huge guy, a big hammer; he looks like Hulk Hogan and is built like Arnold Schwarzenegger. These three pulled me over the rolling hills, we were among the first riders to each of the rest stops. At mile 39, we crossed the Haw River on an old closed bridge. At mile 63, I parted company with the three maniacs; they were going on to pursue the century, and I was heading to camp. I was one of the first riders to arrive at Parish Womble park in Holly Springs. I snagged a nice campsite in the shade, ate a hot dog, and jumped in the shower.
That evening, Charles, Dennis, Kristin, and I caught the shuttle into town. We got off the bus at a shopping center and were enthusiastically greeted by a scantily-clad, blonde play-mate, who encouraged us to dine at the Beer Gardens. She said that they had put on extra staff, and "were ready for us."
Who were we to argue? David, a cop from Thomasville, joined us for dinner. I had a good NY Strip with portabellas and finished it off with ice cream.
When we returned to camp, we were serenaded with a loud beach band, who were going full-tilt boogy. It sounded like a fun party, but I crawled into my tent and went night-night.