Hawk, North Carolina
Date: 8/27/2003 3:09:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Today there was an article about me in the Virginia-Pilot News, and a picture of me and my cart. Usually after I'm in the paper, the next day people will beep and honk and wave as they drive by. But today as I walked from Nags Head to Kitty Hawk, the response was unbelievable.
Yes, people were beeping and honking, but they were also turning around and coming back and pulling over to visit. Many people met me at the road with a cold drink. Some construction workers up on a roof hooted and hollered at me. Some guys coming out of the coffee shop stopped to visit. One lady opened up the front door of her house and YOOHOOED at me as I walked by. Many people who walked past me on the sidewalk said "good luck!" One lady who owns a tourist store told me to come in, and she gave me 3 t-shirts, a hat, an OBX sticker, and an insulated mug. I stopped at a place for lunch and they gave me a t-shirt. I stopped later at another restaurant for a glass of iced tea, and they gave me a t-shirt too. People stopped and took pictures of me. A real estate agent stopped and gave me a cold can of pop. I mean it was really unbelievable. The funny thing is, though, that they weren't recognizing me, they were recognizing my cart! That's how they knew it was me! There are some mighty friendly people out here, AND THEY ALL READ THE VIRGINIA-PILOT!
Today I also enjoyed visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC. It was here, on December 17, 1903 that aviation was born as Orville Wright flew their plane for 12 seconds. I enjoyed walking through the Visitors Center and Bookstore, but especially enjoyed walking up to the monument that sits high upon Kill Devil Hill. With this being the centennial year, there are many, many events going on. In fact, they plan on closing the schools for 3 wks during that time because of all the commotion and activities. I really enjoyed stopping there and seeing that today.
After that I headed for the fire station in Kitty Hawk where I'll be spending the night at. Tomorrow I plan on crossing the bridge over the Currituck Sound and then heading up toward Virginia. The countdown has begun.
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