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post #1 of 12 Old 07-05-2012, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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last minute trip to NC from Toronto - what to expect?

Hi,

i'm looking at a last minute trip early next week to head from Toronto to the southern shores of North Carolina.

i'm blasting down in a hurry so it will be be highway all the way down. Never really been past Morgantown WV.

Just wondering what to expect in terms of road and drivers down that way?

here's the map

Driving directions to 302 West Main Street, Sunset Beach, NC 28468, United States - Google Maps

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-05-2012, 04:57 PM
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mesh gear its in the 100's no good roads in eastern nc
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post #3 of 12 Old 07-05-2012, 05:17 PM
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^^ X2. I rode my bike to work yesterday and the temps are horrible. As I type this in my office in Charlotte, it is 101*F with very high humidity. I can stand the heat, but not heat an humidity.

Mesh gear and lots o' water!

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Nic,

You are riding what is referred to as an "Adventure Motorcycle".

Pack up, swing your leg over the seat and ride. Everything else will take care of itself. That's because it's an adventure.

Go discover, and explore. With your new experiences, you will be able to form your own opinions about "what is where", and "what it is like." It's those discoveries that matter; not someone else's opinion.

You are going to be fine. If there is a problem, someone is always there to help you out. ALWAYS!

Your posts mentions a "last minute trip". But, the trip isn't going to happen until next week sometime! As I type this, I am trying to decide if I am going to ride out to the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, or ride up to Saguenay Fjord. I have been to both destinations SEVERAL times! I may not make my mind up until tomorrow morning when I hit the road! Where I go, doesn't matter. I just have to be back by Sunday evening.

That's the beauty of what we do; freedom to roam where we feel like going, (at a last minute's notice!)

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Black Lab's reply really resonated with me: my job is such that I'm lucky to get 48 hours' notice that I can take a road trip, and it's only a few times per year. With so little time to get away, and no time to prepare, I've forgone planning. If I found out I could go tomorrow, I'd throw some crap in a bag tonight and get whatever I forgot on the road... or do without.

The times I got skunked - running out of daylight, or crappy roads, or bad weather, or mechanical failure, etc. are the things I end up remembering most, and the most fondly. They are what make it an "adventure," they are the stories to tell.
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Grits and Waffle Houses.

Mesh and good rain suit

Frankly if its direct and on slabs I take a car.
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post #7 of 12 Old 07-06-2012, 09:52 AM
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Definitely need some good rain gear as we're getting some pretty serious afternoon storms right now. Otherwise mesh and plenty of fluids. Not much else you can do for this humidity.

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For the record, I am in La Tuque, Quebec for the night. I will be heading to Saguenay Fjord tomorrow.

Here are some photos from today: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=a7b99cb19c

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If you can ride with a hydration knapsack (ie camelback) that will really help deal with some of the potential thirst issues. They are cheap and very convenient.

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It's a boring ride on the highway., except for the view in the mountains in W Virginia and even that is a boring road
Have money for tolls at Beckley.
WATCH YOUR SPEED ON HWY 19, enforcement there is unbelievable with no leeway.

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