|Our "neighbors" on Ocracoke!|
|somebody called these guys "peckerducks!"|
The first day of riding on the mainland was cool because this was the first day that I have ridden new terrain in strange places and the discovery of the country has begun. I rode appr. 82 miles in a little over 5 hours, thru the Cedar Island Wildlife Refuge . When highway 12 ended, I took U S route 70 and state road 101 thru several small towns and we ended in New Bern N C at a koa on the Nuese river. Maybe its the Neuse River. Highlights included riding thru cotton fields and seeing cotton all along the roads, which must have blown out of trucks that were taking it away. Also, watching the jumping fish in the river at the camp ground at dusk, as well as a possible alligator sighting, as something was swimming around the dock with its head breaking the surface of the water and its tail causing big splashes every once in a while. We think it was but, we are not exactly expert alligator spotters! By the way, New Bern is where Pepsi was invented.