Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Specialized Sirrus, Bianchi Volpe, Trek 5000, Santana Arriva tandem, Pashley Sovereign, among others
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I am originally a native of eastern North Carolina, so let me suggest keeping a keen eye on the weather reports. Eastern NC is famous for fast weather changes. I have experienced cold Thanksgivings followed by Christmas Day in the 70'sF. In general, you should be able to count on daytime temps in the 50's, with evening temps in the low to mid 30's. Be prepared for rain, though. Also, the outer banks area is famous for its fickle winds. The Wright Brothers chose the Banks for their flight experiments for a reason, you know. I have had several tours similar to the one you are contemplating. On one occasion, I had very strong tailwinds push me from Engelhard to Manteo, so strong I was barely able to ride against it on a short against-the-wind detour into Stumpy Point. I dreaded knowing that the next day I would be riding in the opposite direction 65-70 miles to Hatteras. Incredibly, the wind shifted 180 degrees that night and literally blew me all the way to Hatteras.
Traffic should not be much of a problem, as it is off season on the islands and the mainland portion rarely has significant traffic even in the summer.