Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes: a celeste green one; 5.5 Madone
My reccomendation would be to drive down to somewhere near the end of Cape Hatteras, on Rte 12, offload the bikes, and ride them to the departure point for the Ocracoke Island Ferry. Catch the ferry over to Ocracoke, then pedal to the other end of the island. It's only about 13 miles to the other side.
Once there, you could: bop around the quaint village-like area on the bikes; visit the lighthouse; get a relaxing lunch or dinner at one several good seafood resuarants there; then pedal back across and catch the ferry back to Hatteras.
This would give you somewhere between 30-50 miles of pedaling, total, depending on your jumping off point from Hatteras. Not sure where you'd want to swim, but there's certainly no shortage of beachfront area to do it, in those parts.
It'd be a long drive, that's for sure, but the beauty is, once you got over to Ocracoke, you would unass an awful lot of otherwise would be beach-going vacation traffic. The other good thing is, being on bikes, you'd be assured passage on the Ferry. If you were trying to do it in a car this time of year, without reservations, you'd most likely be S.O.L.