The Great Dismal Swamp - Heading South For a Promise of A Warmer Winter - CycleBlaze

April 27, 2019

The Great Dismal Swamp

Elizabeth City to Bowers Hill, VA

Today dawned beautiful and off we rode toward the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia!
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We are back on the East Coast Greenway and it does not disappoint!
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Small Swamp before the Big Swamp!
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Step got a better shot
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A little side trip we took by mistake! Oops!
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Sure pretty though.
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Big homes.
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We ended up on the west side of the canal and we needed to be on the east side so we turned around.
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Here it is! The bike path along the GDS!
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We had lunch by the canal.
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We stopped to read the signs about how the canal was built by slaves. Dug by hand at first!
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It was widened with machinery years later.
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Very nice.
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We hopped up on 17 for seven miles and it had a nice shoulder. Then we turned off onto this old canal path/road. It is closed to cars. There was a Death March ending and the path was closed until noon. We got there at 12:07!
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This was the place tolls were collected. It was taken over by the soldiers during the civil war
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Butterflies on poop!
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Bill ShaneyfeltGood place to look for butterflies! Might be palamedes swallowtail butterflies.
https://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/palamedes_swallowtail.htm
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Janet Anspach-RickeyThey were beautiful creatures.
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Janet Anspach-RickeyTo Bill ShaneyfeltBill, what are the little yellow flowers covering the fields right now?
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Bill ShaneyfeltTo Janet Anspach-RickeyThe flowers could be several kinds. Do you have a closeup shot?
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Janet Anspach-RickeyTo Bill ShaneyfeltI'll get one tomorrow
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Cherie NewmanLookin' good!
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Janet Anspach-RickeyTo Cherie NewmanHi Cherie,
Can you believe how far away from home we have wandered?!
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Cherie NewmanTo Janet Anspach-RickeyBarely. Your trip is an astounding accomplishment! Love to keep track of your adventures online. Thanks for all the posting.
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Janet Anspach-RickeyTo Cherie NewmanKeeping up with you on FB too!
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This guy was at the end of the Death March! There are bears and beavers and river otters in the GDS!
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Stopped at Food Lion for groceries and then headed for our hotel - Bowers Hill Inn - $50. Everything else is $155 and above!
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Today's ride: 50 miles (80 km)
Total: 7,023 miles (11,302 km)

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