Starting with 749.1 miles, 93,150 ft.
16.1 miles, 250 ft.
We always start our mornings with a bang. Today we did more than three miles the first hour. But as we take breaks, our average number of miles per hour decreases over the day. Even so, with a lot of breaks, we end up walking over 2.5 miles an hour. It’s going to be a shock to get back into the mountains.
We spend most of today’s walk going through LaGrange, population 2,844.
We walk the full length of the main street.
Most of the street consists of small houses with large porches, circa 1900. Most are well-maintained. We keep looking for a coffee shop without any luck.
Several old men are sitting in front of an electrical supply store.
If there was a coffee shop, they’d be sitting in the coffee shop, like the Chatterbox Cafe in A Prairie Home Companion.
I ask one fellow “Is there a place in town to get a cup of coffee?” He points to the Hess station, which also doubles as a Dunkin Donut shop. The coffee is pretty good and we sit on a stoop on the side of the gas station.
After we walk over US 70, we turn on Jenny Lind Rd., named after a 19th Century Swedish opera singer. But it might have been named after a local resident. Even with all the looking and discussing that we do, there’s so much that I don’t know about the area. Some I can look up but for much I need to talk to people. Very few people are outside.
The highlight is crossing the Neuse River – finally – and passing by a large swamp, complete with bald cypress. Now I really feel like I’m in the coastal plains. One of the trees on the boundary has a very small sign saying
Conservation easement boundary. North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
Now why did the sign have to be so small? I would have shouted it from the treetops.
Cumulative after 61 days, 765.2 miles, 93,400 ft. ascent