Today was a challenge for me. Started out at the crossroads of Hwy 12 and Hwy 64 in Nags Head, NC walking towards Manteo (west). Up until today all my walking has been north bound from Cape Hatteras up the Outer Banks. Now that I am going west, the trek should seem to go faster.
Brenda dropped me off at the starting line at 8:30am with the rain was coming down hard and the temperature was 60 degrees. Once I got to the Nags Head bridge the wind picked up to about 25 mph and my shoes filled with water. I always walk facing traffic and on this narrow bridge with a very narrow walking space on the side, it was a challenge dodging traffic but most drivers are courteous and straddle the center line when they pass me.
Got in 14 miles today; not my normal 20; still ahead of schedule overall. Once I got dried I found several blisters on my feet. Normally I don’t get blisters but I believe these blisters were brought on by the wet shoes and my feet sliding inside the shoes. Got to get in at least 20 miles tomorrow down the Alligator River Road to Columbia. Will prep feet with band aids and blister pads. Perils of long distance walking.
Forgot to mention yesterday that we went by the Wright Brother’s Memorial and to Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar/Restaurant which was closed for the season. Both great places to visit when in the area.
Had some time this afternoon to take in a few more local attractions in Manteo. Went by the Lost Colony Outdoor Theatre, Ft. Raleigh Nat’l Site, Virginia Dare’s Birthplace and downtown Manteo. Been to all of these many times before but always enjoy revisiting. Love that NC history.
Got stopped in the Piggly Wiggly last night by a young couple who saw our car in the parking lot with the Heart Trek USA logo on the back window and they asked me if that car belonged to me (since I was still in my walking attire). They wanted to know more about Heart Trek which thrilled me that they were interested. I think we just gained a couple more friends and followers (Justin and Mary Ann Sherwood) to the website. I just wished I had taken their picture for the website posting.
Weather forecast not positive for Sunday, but I will be out there plugging. Wish me luck