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

T’was The Night Before Departure

Well, the bag is packed [and weighs just under 40 lbs]. My traveling attire is laid out. I need to lube the DF’s chain. The two recumbents are near ready to ride. I did not get to test ride either bike today. All & all, I think I’m ready to depart. I hope to get up NLT 5:30 am and depart at 6:15 am. The next post will relate to the actual tour.

Implement Rain Pants Backup Plan

The rain pants & hood I ordered from Showers Pass will not get here before I leave. Last evening, I received a call from the owner (Dave) saying his shipment of rain pants and hoods is in customs. He offered a refund. I still want the hood and may accept the pants. Yesterday, I contacted REI in Cary [where I travel Saturday morning for departure to Banner Elk], for a backup alternative. A sales rep (Keith) set aside 2 sizes of rain pants for me to try for fit. Now, I no longer have to wonder if the pants are in the mail. I’ll decide on Monday, if I still want the pants from Showers Pass.

I also need waterproof gloves. I have winter gloves, but my fingers have still gotten cold on rides. I plan to purchase a pair Pearl Izumi Lobster Mittens. They are water resistant.

The temperature for the Sunday morning roll out is expected to be in the 40s. There is a possibility of light rain on Sunday.