This is the second big East Coast Greenway ride of the year. It’s 325 miles — similar to the fall rides of the past two years — but crammed into six days instead of seven. That’s what happens when hotels dictate where you can stop.
So I’ve got three days over 50 miles and one that is just under that. On the flip side, it’s mostly flat, unlike Maine, the hilliest section of the 3,000-mile route. I figure it will be cooler too — yay. There are 40 of us riding (plus staff and support), and I’m looking forward to seeing many people I know from previous rides. It’s going to be fun! Just hope we don’t have any big storms.
Here’s the itinerary:
Sunday, Oct. 2: We gather in Raleigh, NC, where we ended last year’s ride.
Oct. 3: 44 miles to Smithfield, NC.
Oct. 4: 69 miles to Fayetteville, NC
Oct. 5: 40 miles to Elizabethtown, NC
Oct. 6: 58 miles to Wilmington, NC
Oct 7: 66 miles to Ocean Isle, NC — after an early-morning boat cruise on the Cape Fear River.
Oct. 8: 48 miles to Myrtle Beach, SC and a celebration to mark a trail opening. Then we get shuttled back to Raleigh.
After this, I can say I’ve ridden from Philadelphia (really just outside, in Conshocken) to Myrtle Beach — about 1,000 miles. Plus, of course, there’s the Maine ride earlier this year as well as training segments in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
I’ll be blogging every day of the ride, so check back for tales from the road.
Finally, this is a fundraising ride for the East Coast Greenway. If you’d like to support the cause, you can donate here. All the money goes to the cause; I’m paying for food and hotels.