Saturday, March 29, 2008

Extra Day on the Outer Banks

I knew that I would have some heavy winds against me on the day. With that, I was planning on leaving as the sun was coming up in an effort to try and beat the wind. Much to my chagrin though, I was woken up several times during the night by the wind rattling my windowpanes. When I got up at 5:30 I opened my door and was blasted by the wind. I checked the weather for the coming few days and while it didn’t look much better, it did look better. The Outer Banks were pleasant enough and I wasn’t in a real hurry, so I called the audible and decided to stay another day. When I initially got to town I had thought about taking a day or two to work towards my final kiteboarding certification, but it was even too windy for that. There would have been something fitting about getting my last certification in Kitty Hawk.

I did take a walk along the beach and watched the birds. I get a kick out of the little plover that race along the waterline, their legs moving a mile a minute. Like I said, simple things keep me amused. Believe it or not, I miss the days of non-linear differential calculus. The seagulls appeared to be playing a game of kill the guy with the ball, the ball being substituted by a half of a fish. It was chaos. The weather wasn’t conducive to any outdoor activities, so I spent a majority of the day trying to research my route back to New York. It looks as if I am going to come in under 5,000 miles, but I still have some serious riding to do.

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