Our adventure started on Thursday in Washington, NC, a small town on the Inner Banks about one hour East of Raleigh. There are about 10,000 people who live in this quaint town. There was 3 days of riding scheduled (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). The participants were divided between campers in the local park and people who stayed on hotels.
Note: If you are planning on doing this next year and want to stay in a hotel then you should book next years town very, very early. Like 2017 early.
The rides were great. Most of the rides had less than 500 feet of elevation in the whole ride. There was 3-4 rides a day ranging from 5 miles to 60-100. There was some washboard1 roads but probably less than 5 miles of the entire weekend. Though we only did 100 miles total so your mileage may vary. The rides are what you make of them. They can very challenging if you are looking to rack up a buttload of miles. One guy did 260 in the three days. We were looking to get some miles in but also relax. It has been a pretty hectic year so we were looking for some chill time.
Food stops were well stocked with plenty of cold water/Gatorade. The towns had interesting other foods like baked goods, etc.
We camped (I had mistakenly waited until January to book a hotel…) in the park.
They had laid out a grid so tents were not cramped together. They had regular facilities and porta potties and a decent but not great shower truck. They had great coffee served every morning and one pretty good food truck.
The restaurants were typical for a small town. One was dreadful (Ribeyes) but the Bank Bistro was by far the best.
We would highly recommend the coastal ride. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
- Washboard is a term for asphalt roads that a tractor has put ridges into and they stayed. With skinny tires, it is brutal on your hands. ↩