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Outer Banks and beyond (North Carolina)

Ride Details

Dates: Oct 27- Nov 3, 2018

Distance: up to 246 miles, 12-60 daily

Cost: $2996

Rider Level: Recreational -Active

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The Outer Banks of North Carolina offers perfect cycling conditions along hundreds of miles of undeveloped seashore, fresh gourmet seafood, beach-combing and plenty of relaxation. Our ride winds through the marshlands, where we will see an abundance of bird life in the creeks and grasses. We will be bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Pamlico Sound

We start our adventure on the tiny Bald Head Island where we adventure onto the creeks with a little kayaking and an island tour of migrating waterbirds presented by the Island Conservacy. This little island is just 6 miles long and offers surface streets that are traveled only by golf carts. This is a wonderful warm up for the next 6 days of cycling. 

The tour is more than cycling. There is history on the Outer Banks ranging from shipwrecks to pirate tales and wild horses decended from the Spanish herds brought to this country hundreds of years ago. We’ll follow along 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. We’ll also visit the Bodie Island, Hatteras, Ocracoke and Old Baldy Lighthouses.

This is the perfect time of year to wind down your summer cycling routine with some flat coastal riding.

Guest Testimonial:

"The Outer Banks tour offers much variety.  There are historical sights, scenic waterfront spots, quaint villages, good restaurants for recharging in the evenings and great bike riding.  Dennis and Elli do everything possible to manage the logistics and minimize the amount of time riding in the van.  I have done tours with several different companies.  I believe Cycle of Life Adventures did the best job I have experienced in planning and executing a tour.  I highly recommend them to other cyclists."  Len - Phoenix, AZ

 

Tour Details $2996, (7 nights/7 days; Mon-Mon)  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

Travel Logistics: Assembly point is: Wilmington, NC International Airport. We shuttle by ferry to our starting point on Bald Head Island. NC.

Pick up time:  Fall trip-Oct 27 at 3 pm   

Drop off time: Fall trip-Nov 3 at 2 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  fit recreational cyclists. A cyclist should be comfortable riding over bridges, on roads with small shoulders and in light traffic.

Special Note *   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.

 

 

Pick up at Wilmington Airport and shuttle to Southport for bike fitting and dinner.

Outer Banks and beyond (North Carolina)

Day  1  Bald Head Island- AM Island riding - beach cruisers options, Kayaking and a conservancy Tour (12-30 mi)  

Day  2  Bald Head - ferry-Southport - Fort Fisher- Wilmington shuttle to Bogue Inlet (28 miles

Day  3  Bogue Inlet- Emerald Isle- Ft. Macon- Beaufort ( 23 miles)

Day  4  Off day in Beaufort- Am City Bike tour, Kayak to Shackford Island, boat to Cape Lookout

Day  5  Beaufort- Cedar Island- Ferry to Ocracoke (35 miles)

Day  6  Ocracoke -  ferry to Hatteras - Buxton - Nagshead (52 miles)

Day 7  Nagshead- Kitty Hawk - Manteo - Lunch - The Lost Colony - Shuttle to Wilmington (33 miles)

Accommodations and Dinners

Bald Head Island: private homes, The BHI Club

Emerald Isle: Clam Digger Hotel, Sanitary Fish Co.

Beaufort: Inlet Inn, The Spouter

Ocracoke: Ocracoke Harbor Inn, The Back Porch

Nags Head: Oasis Suites, 1527 Restaurant