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Old 12-04-06, 08:47 PM
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In Easteen NC, When would the Touring Season Start?

of course you dont want to start touring in the cold of winter, so what time of the year would be good to start? I want to do a 10 day tour, but I dont know when to start?
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No reason you can't do it during the winter. Plenty of people on this board do. Might be more enjoyable to do one at the end of Spring though. After all the rain that is. I plan on doing one about that time.
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Well I know that when I goto the feild in the marines, there is no more miserable time in the world then camping in the freezing rain
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Yeah, I hear ya. You do want to do it when you'll actually enjoy it. Let me know when you plan on going. I'm new to this myself.
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I prefer touring in Sept/Oct, though I've done them as early as March. I've found mid/late April to be a very good time. You can depend on pretty good temps and the skeeters haven't gotten out in full force yet. This is an especially good time if you're going to be taking in the Outer Banks or other coastal areas because it avoids the worst of the tourist traffic.

Eastern NC offers a number of good touring opportunities. I used to do a four day tour around the fourth weekend of April every year. A good selection is:
Day 1 - Morehead City to Ocracoke
Day 2 - Ocracoke to Belhaven
Day 3 - Belhaven to Oriental
Day 4 - Oriental to Morehead City
Each day on this route includes taking your bike on a ferry, a natural combination.
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Well I think I may go in late january just for doing it, I will be doing a 100 mile trip to topsail island and back through the camp lejeune base on the way back. Stealth Camping in the wood at night. Gotta start sometime, it will suck beacsue that means that you have to pack the EXTRA STUFF it takes to keep warm at night and not die from hypothermia.
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David, you're braver than I am. I'm born/raised up north (NYC) but I'm a total wuss in the cold. Finger, toes, breathing all suffer when I venture out under 40 degrees or so. Based on my training the past few years for centuries and charity rides, I plan to ride a lot mid-day during March and get ready to tour the weekend of March 30/31 and the following week (spring break for my son). I'm thinking either heading south toward Jacksonville, FL (or as far as we can get in 5-6 days), or possibly west. The Katy Trail in Missouri looks like a lot of fun. Long day's drive to St. Louis, ride 300 miles west to Kansas City, visit with a childhood buddy, then a very long drive back (rental car both times). The NC-FL ride is easier but the MO ride might be more interesting - unfamiliar territory, Lewis and Clark trail, no traffic (!). Check out the site: https://www.bikekatytrail.com

Cheers to all my fellow Tar Heel tourers,
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DavidRay,
You need to just ride this winter and discover what your temperature limits are. It is pretty much a personal thing.

My own limits are 40 degrees in the morning to start is okay if I know that it is going to warm up in a couple of hours. If it is going to be as warm as 45-50 degrees but there is going to be a strong headwind all day that may be too cold to enjoy for me. You have to experience it and then decide for yourself. I see a lot of folks riding in the winter when it is really cold up north. Not me.

The ride you describe to Topsail and back is a good experiment. Just look at the weather forcast and go. Be sure that you have a set of foul weather gear in case it should rain when it is cold.
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Eastern NC in Jan is a real hit or miss. It can be up the 60s for a high or in the 30s. Usually the nights will be around freezing. A warm night usually is an indication of rain coming. Keep an eye on the weather because a Nor'eastern is always a possibility in the winter.

The safe thing to do is to be prepared for sub-freezing & wet weather. Then consider it a bonus if the weather is nice. With a 200 mile tour, you should be able to get a reliable forecast for your entire tour.

Good luck.
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Suck it up Marine!!! Does "In every clime and place" sound familiar? Eastern NC, as well as all of NC has great scenery. Semper Fi! JB (GySgt, USMC Ret)
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Old 12-18-06, 08:18 AM
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I think Late Jan will be great, right now for the last week it has been high 60s. It gets as high as 48 at night
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I used to think i could handle the cold. But this year something turned me in to a wuss.

If you do an eastern NC tour this winter let me know how it goes. I'm looking to do something out that way when it warms up. I'm in western NC.
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