Hwy 70 Down East + ADD NEW ROUTE
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US 70 runs almost the entire width of North Carolina. Way out east you'll find Morehead City and just east of that is Beaufort. The fun part of the route starts in Morehead City, at the Atlantic Beach Bridge exit. Hwy 70 continues all the way to Cedar Island, where you can catch the ferry to Ocracoke Island or turn around and come back.
If you like being around the water, this is a good one for you. Getting through Morehead City can be painful sometimes due to the amount of traffic, but once you cross the bridge into Beaufort, the ride gets much more relaxed.
The ride is mostly rural with pine trees and swamps on both sides but there are a lot of open areas where you cross rivers or ride alongside some of the bays in the area. Another option on this ride is to take the turn and go out to Harkers Island. Again, nothing fancy but you cross another body of water and if you take the road until it ends, you will be at the Core Sound Waterfowl and Heritage Museum.
Overall this road is flat and mostly straight but if you like being around the water, it's worth checking out if you are in the area. I do this ride from time to time and never get tired of it.
Flat, mostly straight, but a few big sweepers. There are a few sharper turns but even cruising above the speed limit I've never come close to dragging anything. The road surface itself is about average. A few months back there were areas of construction and you cross a few bridges so be alert.
Once you leave Beaufort, things get pretty rural. There are a few gas stations and convenience stores along the route but no large areas of population. You will pass through some communities with a few restaraunts but the selection in all cases is limited.
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