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Nothing like a local, small town festival!

Off to races.  I really should enter more obscure events.  No masses of humanity trying to register and less competition!

I was saddened by my first glimpse of downtown Plymouth.  A snapshot from the 1950’s, but taken recently with little maintenance across the decades (i.e., many abandoned buildings, and occupied ones showing serious wear and tear).  However, the town sits right on the Roanoke River and the natural attributes offer some tonic for urban decay.

Spirits were lifted by being able to park quite near the starting line for free.  Better yet, the police were exceptionally polite responding to my queries.  Registered with no waiting and affixed my bib and timing chip with time to spare.  This was clearly a rookie operation, with many dismayed folks attempting to set up the finish line (had sensor padding to read timing chips).

Although downtown Plymouth had seen better days, a few places were quite lively.
  Typically lining up near the rear, I was startled by the unusual start of a gun blast but no passing over a timing mat (meaning everyone was assumed to begin with the gun blast despite some of us being well behind the line).

As always, however, the competitive spirit kicked in and I rapidly advanced through the ranks.  It was not a fast course, a lengthy portion proceeding along a nature trail of grass and mud.  After finishing I walked back to a cutout bear and snapped a selfie, posted it to FB and returned to cheer on the other runners.  When they began handing out awards, I suspected I might stand a good chance of winning my age group – mainly because I had zoomed past the guy awarded first for the 30-39 category with a mile remaining.

A replica of the ironside "Albemarle"...the pride & joy of Plymouth!
  Turns out I was fifth overall, surpassed only by four gents in their twenties and one teen.  One for the geezers!

Returned to the hotel to clean up and have breakfast, then back to dig in to the Bear Festival and Plymouth attractions. This truly was a fun time, despite anticipations of a total bust.  I checked out the standard attractions (Port O’Plymouth Museum and Roanoke Lighthouse), reviewed below, but stumbled across the regrettable Wildlife Museum and complied after being beckoned to enter.  Had lunch at Stella’s, which looked to be the only eatery in downtown Plymouth.

Everyone was friendly and I also enjoyed a free boat tour down the Roanoke River, as well as a fun speech relating the success of the ironside Albemarle (see Port O’Plymouth Museum review for the story).

Local historian sharing the saga of the ironside Albemarle...one of many free attractions during the Black Bear Festival
  A remarkable saga I was unaware of, though the narrator was forced to wind up his presentation early, as a thunderstorm rolled in.  Regrettably the heavy downpour compelled me to seek refuge in another free attraction, a live bear display.  I was trying to ignore it, and saddened to witness four poor bears cooped up in a trailer with not much to do.

Eventually the storm passed and I scored dinner from one of the food stands before the Bear Tour. 

The Bear Tour was great fun and I will review the setting, Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in the next blog entry, a lovely conclusion to the day’s festivities. A pleasantly surprising time at the first annual Black Bear Festival!

jethanad says:
:) yea - way to go !
Posted on: Jun 27, 2015
halilee says:
Congrats!!! Sounds like you did great! :D
Posted on: Jun 21, 2015
Travel2014 says:
Congrats on your run! -- Sad about the bears in captivity there. Very against that.
Posted on: Jun 20, 2015
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A free, sad attraction (four bear…
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Our boat tour captain told the ki…
Only you.
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.....clearly an American art.
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