How Far is 5,000 Miles???

Let’s began in Fayetteville, North Carolina:

I trust this gives some perspective of the actual bicycle miles I’ve established as my goal.

Note: This distance calculator uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies).

Day 0–Banner Elk, North Carolina–Here Is Where We Begin

Banner Elk

From the CNC web site:

  • Banner Elk is a quaint village high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Arrive early to explore the shopping and food in this beautiful town.
    CNC’s first Mass start leaving from Lees-McRae College and led by the Colleges Cycling Team.
  • Lees-McRae College is our first campsite and the starting point for the 2006 ride.
  • Free optional rides will be available to CNC participants that arrive early in Banner Elk on September 29 and 30. These rides will vary in length and difficulty and will include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Lin Cove Viaduct, Linville Falls, Beech Mountain, etc. You can even ride the same roads where Lance Armstrong trained for the 2005 Tour de France and you may still be able to see the messages of encouragement that local residents painted on the roads for Lance.
  • The Lees-McRae Cycling Team has won many national championships and the team will lead us out of Banner Elk. We will immediately enjoy a picturesque six mile descent out of Banner Elk.
  • The route also includes a seven mile descent and Railroad Grade Road. Railroad Grade Road is built on an old railroad grade and is practically flat with not one hill to climb! This road goes through a valley right by the New River, which has been declared the first of the nation’s American Heritage Rivers.

Newbern, North Carolina

A Few Eye-Catching New Bern, North Carolina Structures
The four strollers are Jen, Hal, Leo, and Robert from the Cross Creek Cycling Club
Fayetteville, North Carolina

MS 150 ~ Newbern, North Carolina

Campground, Building for Registration, & Start/Finish Line

Key West, Florida Activities

Mallory Square Sunset Celebration

I was too late for today’s sunset. I’ll go early tomorrow.

One of the night-time acts

Full picture set