We arrived in Cary, North Carolina, unpacked our bikes, loaded them up, and talked about the baby we had seen. We started riding toward Durham, by way of many busy roads, and by way of the research triangle, which was big, industrial, and lacking bathrooms. We arrived at our friend Janelle’s apartment, set our bikes down, and set out for Duke with our friend Hutch. Duke contained many elaborate, stone buildings, but just as many elaborate flowers. He gave us a tour of the Duke gardens, which were very taken care of, and the campus of duke, which was equally taken care of. This is a theme I noticed. We saw the exterior of Duke cathedral, and the interior of the library(s) and the Divinity school, where Hutch is a student. The campus of Duke was so beautiful and we were appreciative to have seen it. We thought a lot about the tobacco industry and its role in the history of Duke.
We headed to Hutch’s apartment, complete with awkward basement/dungeon, and hung out. When our friend Janelle got off work, we all drove to downtown(?) Durham and ate at a trendy looking and good tasting restraint, but only after exploring a really cool district that had once been industrial, but has since been turned into nice restaurants and coffee shops. After dinner, we drove to the American Tobacco district, which is where the North Carolina tobacco industry was housed. All the warehouses have been reclaimed and turned into office buildings, theaters, and even a basketball court. This district seemed to me like a city planner’s dream. Durham has so far been an exceedingly cool town, and I have been interested in the way that the city has dealt with its past as a tobacco mecca, and the realities of that in the 21st century.

-David

 

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Loaded bikes

 

 

 

20140510-094630.jpgThat’s Hutch

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20140510-094658.jpgThe Sarah P. Duke gardens

 

 

 

 

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Duke cathedral

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Discussion

 

 

 

 

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20140510-095054.jpgSide note, David got a haircut.

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American Tobacco district

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