Dates: 4/23 - 29, 2017
(7 days, 6 nights; Sun - Sat)
Assembly Point: Elizabeth City, NC
(airline service to Norfolk, VA; Timberline van shuttle to and from Norfolk airport)
Meeting time: 4/23-airport 1pm,
hotel 1:30 pm
Drop off time: 4/29 - 5 pm
Tour Cost: $2,695
(includes all lodging, all breakfasts and dinners, van transfer prior to tour and shuttle to Elizabeth City following tour, park entrance fees, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives)
Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost $545
A 200-mile stretch of barrier islands just off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks is a different kind of place. Beautifully natural, formed by centuries of wind, water and sand blown from the Atlantic Ocean, and home to a rich history, it's a place that inspires a true sense of adventure for our cycling tour of the region. During our North Carolina cycling tour, we will savor the charm of southern hospitality in these seaside villages. As we progress south on the Outer banks rich salt marshes give way to pristine beaches. It is not just natural beauty we will experience; the region is steeped in history. The first flight happened on our route, where two brothers on the sands of the Outer Banks solved a mystery that had captured mankind’s imagination since our first breath by teaching man to fly. If that isn’t enough, this area of the coast is known as The Graveyard of the Atlantic and lays claim to more than 600 shipwrecks. How about a century’s old mystery, between 1587 and 1590, 117 men and women disappeared becoming known as The Lost Colony.
Our grand adventure assembles in Elizabeth City mid-afternoon with ample time to explore this intriguing town prior to our orientation dinner.
On Day 2, we will ride the bike friendly roads to Currituck Sound where we head south to Point Harbor and the bridge to the Outer Banks. Along the way, we will visit Kitty Hawk and the Wright Brother’s National Monument.
Day 3 Bask in the immense expanse of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore as we enter the Outer Banks proper traveling south. 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 which 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.
Next up on Day 4 we will complete our exploration of the island before taking a ferry to Orcacoke Island. You can unpack your bags because we stay at our inn for two nights.
On Day 5, After a wonderful breakfast, your day is free to explore the miles of shoreline. Comb the beach for shells, Kayak the calm waters or stop by the town of Orcacoke to explore the shops, local lighthouse or maybe cycle the town’s small side roads.
We are off again on Day 6, after a sunrise ferry from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter, we’ll cycle past cotton fields and wetlands to the tiny historic town of Bath. Then we’ll shuttle to the historic town of Edenton. We will spend the evening at one of the beautifully restored historic B&Bs, enjoying our own private farewell dinner. There is no rest for the weary, on
Day 7 we take a ride through the rural countryside to Hertford and finally back to Elizabeth City where the tour ends. The Timberline Express will head to the Norfolk Airport after lunch.
|Pre-tour||Arrive, assemble -- van shuttle from Norfolk to Elizabeth City, bike fitting, Orientation Dinner|
|Day 1||Elizabeth City - Kitty Hawk – Kill Devil Hills||55 miles|
|Day 2||Kill Devil Hills – Manteo – Cape Hatteras/Buxton||59 miles|
|Day 3||Cape Hatteras – ferry ride to Ocracoke Island – Ocracoke Village||38 miles|
|Day 4||Layover Day in Ocracoke Village|
|Day 5||Ocracoke – ferry to Swan Quarter – Lake Mattamuskeet - Bath – shuttle to Historic Edenton||52 miles|
|Day 6||Edenton – Hertford – Elizabeth City||41 miles|
Total mileage – 245
Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.