Day 5–Smithfield, North Carolina

This is all they have as of today.

From the CNC web page:

  • Located directly across from camp, The Carolina Premium Outlets, provide something for everyone’s taste. The Carolina Premium Outlets feature 80 impressive stores including: Banana Republic, Carolina Pottery, Coach, Eddie Bauer, Gap Outlet, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. Don’t worry about how much you spend at these discount outlets, because shipping will be available for CNC riders.
  • A special dress rehearsal will be held for the Country Music Showcase for CNC riders at the campsite.

Day 6–Kinston, North Carolina

From the CNC web site:

  • Enjoy live music and a beverage garden on the last night before we arrive at the beach.
  • The campsite for this location will be at the Neuseway Nature center, a beautiful nature-based park that is brimming with fun things to do. Enjoy wildlife exhibits, salt-water touch tank, the “Cave” where you can see turtles, iguanas, frogs, etc. Also, enjoy hiking and the 16×24 ft rock climbing wall. Also onsite is a Planetarium and a Health and Science Museum.
  • Don’t forget to check out the CSS Neuse Memorial. This was one of the 22 ironclads commissioned by the Confederate Navy.
  • While at the campsite, check out the NC Forestry Services’ educational displays and take a chance to dig in the sand for fossil fuels and Sharks teeth, hosted by PCS Phosphates.

Day 7–Emerald Isle, Noth Carolina

From the CNC web site:

  • The ride ends on the sandy beaches of Emerald Isle at the Holiday Trav-L-Park.
  • Plenty of food and entertainment will await as you finish your week long journey.
  • While in Emerald Isle, head up to Morehead City to taste some of the finest seafood around at the North Carolina Seafood Festival, or explore the numerous other islands and coastal areas.

Cycle North Caolina–Color & Information

Read an interesting series of news stories in this link from the Avery Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce–Balcony of the Blue Ridge. Select other stores from the bar on the left.

September 30-October 1. Avery County welcomes 1,200 bicyclists for the start of a week-long ride from the mountains to the coast. The adventure begins in Banner Elk on Sunday morning, October 1 and ends in Emerald Isle on October 7 — with a leisurely trek over scenic backroads on an educational, social and recreational tour of North Carolina in between. Riders arrive in Banner Elk on September 30 to participate in short rides around Avery County, led by members of the 3-time National Champion bike team from Lees McRae College. The event is organized by North Carolina Amateur Sports and is sponsored locally by the Avery Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce and Lees-McRae College.

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