Oct. 6: Another sunny, dry, warm day. Dave and Branson rode 90-plus miles today from Fayetteville to Wilmington, NC. Fun to hit town just as Riverfest booths and stalls are going up near the Riverwalk. There will be lots of river celebrations going on this weekend!
Oct. 7: We talked with two dozen or so Wilmington locals at Cape Fear River Watch offices as part of the nonprofit's Saturday Seminars series. Great questions and interest in the East Coast Greenway, and starting the day with blueberry pancakes is highly recommended.
Oct. 8: On our last day in Wilmington, NC, we partnered with Cape Fear River Watch and Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper, and paddled over to Keg Island to pick up trash. Our haul included 1 sleeping bag, 1 comforter, 1 boat cushion, and hundreds of old bottles and cans.
Oct. 9: Many of our Week-A-Year Tour riders caught a beautiful sunrise over the beach in Ocean Isle, NC, before heading south for Myrtle Beach, SC. They encountered busy roads and intersections as well as a beautiful greenway as they entered Myrtle Beach. We celebrated the opening of the Jack Walker trailhead as well as Myrtle Beach becoming the first city to complete its stretch of East Coast Greenway.
Oct. 10: The WAY Tour cyclists had a short day today, 36 miles from Myrtle Beach to Georgetown, SC. Unseasonable humidity and warm rain kept things soupy, as Silvia Ascarelli describes in her blog, Exploring by Bicycle.
Oct. 11: With an 80-plus mile day from Georgetown to Charleston, S.C., WAY Tour cyclists were urged to shuttle part of the route on busy Rt. 17. They ended their day riding over the breathtaking — and bike friendly — Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge into the city and joining River Relay rides with local cyclists. A clean-up, sponsored locally by Boeing, brought still more people out to the West Ashley Greenway.
Oct. 12: You won't find much love for U.S. Route 17 among the Week a Year Tour cyclists. They had to pedal sections of the highway to get from Charleston to Beaufort, SC, 70-plus miles today. Those rides, some protected by the sag vehicles, were broken up by stretches of quieter road and greenway, highlighted with trees draped in Spanish moss.
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