The 2017 route

This year’s Week-A-Year ride starts in Wilmington, N.C., and ends in Savannah. Last year’s ride was cut short by a hurricane barreling up the East Coast, so we stopped at Moore’s Creek Battlefield (a little-know Revolutionary War site, at least up north), 25 miles from Wilmington. I’ll be doing a loop from Wilmington to Moore’s Creek and back the day before the real pedaling begins.

And it looks like Wilmington will be crowded: It’s Riverfest weekend. Now I know why the hotels are expensive.

Here’s the official plan:

Sunday, Oct. 8: Wilmington to Ocean Isle — 70 miles
Monday, Oct. 9: Ocean Isle to Myrtle Beach — 49 miles
Tuesday, Oct. 10: Myrtle Beach to Georgetown — 45 miles. Breakfast isn’t included at the hotel, so maybe the Surfside Beach farmers market about 8 miles down the road is the place to stop? Just five blocks off the route (and beach).
Wednesday, Oct. 11: Georgetown to Charleston — 85 miles
Thursday, Oct. 12: Charleston to Beaufort — 81 miles
Friday, Oct. 13: Beaufort to Savannah — 54 miles

Yes, those are long days going in and out of Charleston, but there will at least be time for one great dinner. Any suggestions on where to eat? I’ve already got this to help. And I hope it’s a fast ride to Savannah so I’ve got a bit of time to look around before the shuttle back to Wilmington. I’ve been to both places … but in December. October should be a bit more colorful.

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