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Need info for Atlantic Beach, NC area, please!(8 posts)

Need info for Atlantic Beach, NC area, please!NYCyclist
Dec 18, 2003 1:48 PM
I'm heading down to the Atlantic Beach, NC area for the holidays and am bringing my bike to do a lot of long, easy rides in the 50-100 mile range. Could anyone with any knowledge of the area reccommend specific routes, specific roads with good shoulders, roads/areas to avoid, good LBS, group rides, etc.

Much thanks and happy holidays!

Scott
re: Need info for Atlantic Beach, NC area, please!Aztec
Dec 18, 2003 2:18 PM
Scott,

I grew up in Emerald Isle (same island as AB, just on the southern end). While I've never biked there I am familiar with the area and honestly can't think of much good riding around. The island itself is maybe 25 miles long and has one 2-lane road running the length. Not much of a shoulder for riding although traffic should be pretty light in the winter as this is mainly a summer vacation spot.

Once your off the island (bridges on each end) the only way that I could imagine going on long rides would be along the major roads going north/south or east/west. Neither of these are bike friendly in my opinion. Lots of rural roads once your off the island but unless you've got good directions or a guide it'd be hard to map out a good ride.

All of the years I spent on the Crystal Coast I don't ever recall seeing any seious cyclists. Mostly vacationers or rednecks in pickups. I go back to visit my Dad every year and would never imagine taking the bike. Too busy fishing, surfing, boating, drinking, etc.

Have fun.
re: Need info for Atlantic Beach, NC area, please!NYCyclist
Dec 19, 2003 6:44 AM
Thanks for the reply. My parents recently moved to AB from Fl, and have already warned me about the redneck/pickup situation, but I'm going to give it a go. I had them bring a couple of my surfboards to the new house, and am hoping to catch a swell while I'm there.. my brother tells me that there are quite a few spots in the area that go off in the winter.

Cheers
some suggestions...seyboro
Dec 18, 2003 5:27 PM
Our club (check www.seyborocyclists.com) does a few rides down to the beach each year. Coming from AB, the route would take you over to Morehead, Beaufort (and that's a must visit!!) and towards the Cherry Beach-Minnesott ferry terminal on Hwy.101.
The NC Atlas and Gazetteer from DeLorme lists some more backroads east/north of Morehead that might be worth a try.
Other than that let me invite you to take the 1 1/4 drive up to Goldsboro and join us for a group ride. Just email the webmaster at our website or call Steve at Bicycle World in GBO (919 735-2964).
some suggestions...NYCyclist
Dec 19, 2003 6:47 AM
I'll be checking out your website and will see if I can join one of your group rides... thank you much for the info and invite!

Happy Holiday!
re: Need info for Atlantic Beach, NC area, please!striker
Dec 19, 2003 1:52 AM
I used to live in Jacksonville and put many a mile in the area. I don't know street names anymore, but a good atlas will go a long way. One of my favorite rides is starting just north of Beaufort and riding to Ocracoke and back. I want to say it's about a 60 miler. Fairly flat and windy but fun nonetheless.

Call Chain Reaction in Wilmington for the real deal on road cycling in the Area. They are a little south, but definitely know who and where to ride.

Lot's of Marines ride and the base is down the street. Try the local bike shops there for a group ride.
re: Need info for Atlantic Beach, NC area, please!NYCyclist
Dec 19, 2003 6:51 AM
Thanks for the info; I'll definitely be doing the Beaufort-Ocracoke ride since it's right in the area. Flat and windy will be a nice change from sinuous and hilly!

Have a great holiday.
re: Need info for Atlantic Beach, NC area, please!rmlee
Dec 19, 2003 7:00 AM
I second the Beaufort to Ocracoke suggestion. My wife and I did a week-long bike tour starting at the Cherry Branch ferry (which is a little north of Atlantic Beach), went through Beaufort, down to the Cedar Island ferry (which we took to Ocracoke), and then around the Outer Banks. The section from Beaufort to Ocracoke, or at least to the Cedar Island ferry terminal, is flat and pretty windy at times, but has some really beautiful sections. You shouldn't see much traffic at all this time of year...we did it in October and didn't see much and I'm pretty sure it would be even less now. If you start in Atlantic Beach, you'll want to come across the bridge into Morehead City and then head east to Beaufort. From there, the entire route is part of one of the NC designated bike routes, so you can just follow those little green numbered signs. Check the NC DOT website for the route number and maps (http://www.ncdot.org/transit/bicycle/maps/maps_touring.htm).

Hope that helps. Have fun!