Day 120

I think it’s safe to say I finally found spring weather; turns out it was hiding in Charlotte the whole time. After months of snowstorms, heavy winds and bitter cold temperatures, the sunny days have finally arrived. In fact, if all goes as planned, I don’t think I’ll see another snowflake for the remainder of the project.

Be honest, could you feel me smile as I wrote that?

I’ve been to Charlotte a handful of times, because my brother used to live nearby when he was the Director of Marketing at Carowinds Amusement Park. However, this is my first time visiting the city itself. So, while I am familiar with Charlotte as a whole, the uptown area is going to be a new experience for me. I did spend a majority of my Sunday exploring the area and here are five things I learned:

A Map of Charlotte

  1. Downtown Charlotte is actually referred to as “Uptown” Charlotte
  2. Most places in the city are closed on Sunday
  3. This city is extremely hard to navigate without a car or bicycle
  4. A majority of the city’s shops and restaurants are located in the suburbs
  5. Charlotte, itself, is divided into both districts and wards

As you might have guessed by #3 on that list, this month also begins what I like to call the “Great Transportation Conundrum”. Unlike the cities I’ve already visited, Charlotte doesn’t have a subway system, nor is it regulated to a dense downtown area. So, I’m eager to find out how city-life differs in an place such as this. My ultimate goal is to regulate my commutes to walking and bike riding, but we’ll see how well that goes. I may end up rethinking my plan before too long. After all, it did take me two hours to reach the nearest Target by foot. One day at a time though; one day at a time. 

As for now, I just plan on enjoying the beautiful weather and exploring every nook and cranny of this wonderful city. 

-Steve-