An Unexpected 23.5 Miles

After arrival and riding to the hotel, I went for a bit of a ride that got the legs working and tested my right knee. It still hurts. I’m taking pain med and a few other things. I’ll get to Emerald Isle. The hills today were continuous–lots of switchbacks getting to the top of the mountain and then down the other side. It was fun. We all get to do it tomorrow [different hills], rolling out ~8:30 am. Here is a screen capture from Motion Based Map Player of the route.

Day 0–Home to Cary to Banner Elk via Bus

Saturday, 9/29, Day-0 Home to Cary REI

  1. Drive to Comfort Inn, Fuquay Varina, Dpt 6:15 am
  2. Arrive Fuquay 7:00 am
  3. Depart Fuquay using bicycle route to REI, 7:05 am
  4. Arrive REI, 7:30 am
  5. Park van, 7:35 am
  6. Make REI purchases, 8:00 am
  7. Process Bike for truck loading, 8:15 am
  8. Depart 9:15 a.m. via bus
  9. Enroute Banner Elk
  10. Stopped for lunch in Wilkesboro
  11. Arrive Banner Elk, 1:15 pm
  12. Check in to Best Western Mountain Lodge
  13. Register
  14. Went for a ride
  15. Riders meeting, 7:00 pm
  16. Dinner 8:15 pm

Check-in at the Lees-McRae Gymnasium. Registration is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. At check-in, we receive our riders wrist band (to be worn at all times during the ride), a complimentary CNC t-shirt (week long riders only), a jersey if ordered, a CNC bike tag, cue sheets and maps, and lots of other good stuff to hold on to.

There is a riders meeting at 7:00 pm in Williams Gymnasium. Wear tennis shoes when entering this gym. Refrain from wearing any cycling shoes. At this meeting, the Banner Elk Mayor and the President of Lees-McRae College will officially welcome the participants.

Any last minute instructions will be issued.

Images from today…

REI, etc. in Cary, North Carolina

Riders at Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina

Mountain Lodge, Banner Elk, North Carolina