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By Guest (22 McR Points) on Nov 16, 2010

Creator : Splash
Motorcycle Type : Touring

We rode this route over Veterans Day 2010. Great ride with a few lessons learned by an old bike rider. Low hanging clouds and high winds (20-30 kts gusts to 40) due to a coastal low 200 miles offshore with temps in the low 60's was the actual weather even though the forecast by several weather sites was much better. First lesson learned: don't trust the weather report, it can change quickly! We approched from the south mainland through Morehead City and the mid morning Cedar Island to Ocracoke Ferry(approx 2.25 hr ferry ride; reservations recommended, check the schedule for seasonal time changes ) Second lesson learned: in rough weather, you may have to sit on your bike on the ferry to make sure it doesn't tip over. Be prepared. The ferry guys are all great and position you away from the salt spray and other vehicles. Once off at Ocracoke, a stop at the lighthouse and on to Howards Pub for lunch is a must. It is 12 miles to the next ferry. The Ocracoke to Hatteras ferry (approx 40 min) is smaller and you have to stay on your bike in rough weather. Once off in Hatteras, 12 miles to the Hatteras lighthouse is a must see and the story of how it was moved. The ride is great, but the road is subject to overwash in a couple of low places. Next lesson learned, have an alternate plan in case you can't get through. A number of places along the way to eat and sight see, but most eating establishments close in mid-Nov for the season. Great couple of days despite challenging weather and road conditions. Can only imagine how awesome it would be in better weather!

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