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-Day Two. 
  
-Ok, where was I... 
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-Blah blah biked through the mountains.((I feel much less voluble today.)) Uphill sucks, downhill rocks.((Nothing like a well-earned downhill after a tortuous uphill.)) Reached crabtree falls, took a bath, enjoyed the sun, met some interesting people, slept next to the parking lot. Lost a spoon.((Oddly enough, I had two. I guess if I'd just had one I wouldn't have lost it.))  
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-Speaking of eating, my cook system was pretty interesting. I learned how to make an alcohol stove out of a catfood can from a book, works great and is super light. Used that to boil water, with a windshield, and ate freeze-dried camp food - surprisingly tasty. 
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-Day 3.  
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-More uphill, more downhill. Reached Linville falls, ate and napped there for a couple of hours. From there it was only 3 more miles of uphill, and then downhill for 15 miles. It was great. So, so great. I hit 42 mph! Mildly terrifying. I actually caught up to a car haha.  
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-This got me out of the mountains proper, into the foothills, where I found a nice, albeit expensive campsite.  
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-Day 4.  
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-Reached Taylorsville - first motel. I wish I had taken a picture, but by then my crappy little camera was out of batteries. Imagine the skeeziest, most murdery motel you can imagine. Dingy, dusty, yellow, time-eaten sign. You're not even sure it's still open. The office smells like the 70s gone stale. $40!! Absolutely ridiculous. The next town was further than I wanted to that day, and I didn't really feel up to camping on the side of the road, afraid to be kicked out, so I splurged. I think the manager((Strong word for a guy in a nicotine-stained wifebeater and a nascar hat.)) actually laughed when I asked for a non-smoking room. Nice, flickery flourescent lights. But hey! the toilet flushed and everything seemed relatively clean.((Excepting one minor spot of blood on the sheets I noticed the next day...ahhh luxury.)) 
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-Then I splurged again and ordered a medium supreme dominoes pizza and...and...CINNASTICKS. The pizza was amazing, but let me tell you about those cinnasticks, if you haven't had one. Actually, no. I'm too hungry. Suffice it to say, they were addictively delicious, and in addition to finishing the pizza, I finished the box of cinnasticks. It's not a small box. 
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-Day 5.  
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-Reached a small town a few miles south of Winston-Salem. Motel again, no choice really. Who knew motel 8s were expensive though. Freaking $70.((A got a AAA discount, though. A whole $5 off. Woo.)) By this point I cared less, I had done 85 miles that day and was pretty beat. After a nice long soak and shower, I again went off in search of food.((Really, the best part about this trip was the excuse to eat absolutely anything...I gained weight.)) 
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