Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Almost there!!

Leaving Rocky Mount, we will ride east to the North Carolina coast, Nags Head and the Outer Banks and ride north along the Atlantic Ocean across the Outer Banks into Norfolk, Virginia. From Norfolk, we will ride across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to the Maryland outer shore. The Bay Bridge Tunnel, together with the Golden Gate Bridge and the Mackinaw Straights Bridge are three of the greatest bridges in the United States. We will ride all three!

Our route will proceed up the outer shore of Maryland, through the southwest corner of Delaware, back into Maryland and on through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This segment will be a real test in urban direction finding and riding. Not particularly a long distance but a segment with a large number of directional changes. The course is made up of mostly rural roads with some really good riding. Rural Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island have some great back woods roads. Lets hope the one's we have selected are among them.

Crossing Massachusetts and briefly passing through the southeast corner of Vermont we will ride east into New Hampshire where we will arrive in Laconia, New Hampshire and Laconia Harley-Davidson, our thirteenth check point. Laconia is the home of the third largest motorcycle rally in the nation but, alas, it happened in June. We will however, ride through Weir's Beach, the epicenter of the rally.

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