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Outer Banks and beyond (North Carolina)

Ride Details

Dates: October 30- Nov 6, 2017

Distance: up to 246 miles, 12-60 daily

Cost: $2796

Rider Level: Recreational -Active

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The Outer Banks of North Carolina offer perfect cycling conditions along hundreds of miles of undeveloped seashore, fresh gourmet seafood, beach-combing and plenty of relaxation.

Tour Details 

Travel Logistics: Assembly point is: Raleigh International Airport. We shuttle to our starting hotel in Manteo, NC. 7 nights/7 days; Mon-Mon $2796,  Single room supplement $75 daily. Bike rental option is $175 per week. Bikes are Trek Domane 2.3 light weight road bikes with travel pack

Pick up time:  Fall trip-Oct 30 at 1 pm Start riding Oct 31  

Drop off time: Fall trip-Nov 6 at 5 pm

Included: All lodging, transfers to and from the airport, all breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hour on the 1st evening of the tour, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides, and all ferry fees.

We catagorize this route for recreational cyclists. A cyclist should be comfortable riding over bridges, on roads with small shoulders and in light traffic.

Special Note *  This cycling route starts in Manteo and finishes in Bald Head Island. Return shuttle service will be provided back to Raleigh Airport. Airline arrangements and shuttle service from Bald Head Island to Wilmington airport are available for guests wanting to extend their stay. Please call for details. Visit Vrbo for places to stay.

Our ride winds through the marshlands, where we will see an abundance of bird life in the creeks and grasses. Take time to stop in Kill Devil Hills to visit the Wright Brothers' Museum and Memorial. ( Museum is closed for remodeling and may be open by October) We enter the Outer Banks proper, traveling south to Hatteras. Our ride will be bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Pamlico Sound. Our trail takes us southward through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge with more than 5,000 acres of marsh.

We’ll continue into the network of lighthouses and life saving stations that served these waters known as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the most famous of these, having just survived its move away from a deteriorating shoreline. We’ll also visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse and Cape Lookout National Seashore. Following our ferry excursions, we will shuttle a short distance to barrier islands which skirt another 100 miles southward to Cape Fear and spend our last day on Bald Head Island, enjoying cycling, golf, kayaking, paddleboard or just chilling and a fine dinner before heading home.

Oct 30 Pick up at Raleigh Airport and shuttle to Manteo for bike fitting and dinner.

Outer Banks and beyond (North Carolina)

Day  1    Manteo - Cape Hatteras/Buxton (41 miles)

Day  2    Hatteras - Ferry to Ocracoke Island - Ocracoke Village (38 miles)

Day  3    Ocracoke - Cedar Island -Harkers Island- Cape Lookout- Beaufort NC (40 miles)

Day  4   AM  Local city tour, Inlet kayak or National Parks Service boat tour- Pm Riding - Fort Morgan to Bogue Inlet- Shuttle to Wilmington

Day  5   Wilmington - Carolina Beach - Kure Beach - Fort Fisher - Southport/Bald Head Island (35 miles)

Day  6   Bald Head Island - Beach Cruising- (12+ miles) layover and play day - Activities of your choice-  Kayaking- Light house tour- nature tour,Dinner at the BHI Club

Day 7  AM Island riding or beach cruisers options.  10:30 Ferry to Mainland and Shuttle service to Raleigh International Airport by 2 pm

 

Accommodations and Dinners

Manteo: The Tranquil Inn, 1587 Restuarant

Buxton: Cape Hatteras Motel, Captain's Table

Ocracoke: Ocracoke Harbor Inn, The Back Porch

Beaufort: Inlet Inn, The Spouter

Wilmington: Best Western, Sweet and Savory

Bald Head Island: private homes, The BHI Club