Day Eight - November 6th, 2010

We just can't start with a warm day. It's 40 degrees F, it's 8:15h, and we're off again onto todays ride. There's really not much to report. The sun was shining, it was cool, the winds were calm, and we just kept turning the pedals.

We leave the motel onto 601 and follow it 12 miles (20k) to NC 268. Hwy 268 goes to Elkin, onto North Wilkesboro, through Wilkesboro, and onto hwy 16.

We must state that this portion of 268 from Elkin to North Wilkesboro is most certainly not bike friendly. The road is narrow, has deteriorated edges, is hilly and windy, without good lines of sight, and was very busy. We didn't like it.

The drivers along this road, however, were just the opposite. They were quite bike friendly. There were many times we'd look behind us and see 12 or 15 cars lined up waiting to pass us. Never did we hear a horn honk at us or any sign of aggression when finally passing. The drivers were patient with us. Thanks to all who had to get by us.

Hwy 16 goes to Conover, NC, and we take 321 in the wrong direction (for us) to get to our motel. Dale, Dave, and I checked into the Days Inn in Hickory at 17:35h (5:35 p.m.). No Paul; no Becky.

Why? What happened to them? At 16:45h (4:45 p.m.), and about 7 miles (11k) from our destination, Paul hopped into the van and had Becky take him into town to church. Becky waited for him and after church was over, they came to meet us at the motel.

After our usual clean up, we went to Bennett's for dinner, just down at the corner from us.

Everyone decided we had to give a 'shout-out' to our waitress as she made the meal most pleasant. Everything or anything we requested was 'no problem.' The meals were abundant and the price very reasonable. So, to our waitress, Whitney, we all say, 'Thanks.' Whitney, you are a great waitress (hope your boss gives you a raise).

Today I rode 138k in 7h 15m for an average of 18.9k/h.

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