OK, the travel bug has been nibbling at me quite a bit lately, so when last week’s weather forecast predicted three consecutive days of no rain and temps in the upper 50s to lower 60s, I jumped in the truck and headed east! I love playing tourist in my own state, so the NC Year of the Trails initiative has really helped me to fill in the months between riding season. Now, I know that those of you in the north consider North Carolina weather to be appropriate for year-round riding, but I tend to not venture far on the bike when temps are below 60ish. Yes, I’m OK with being considered a fair-weather rider 😉
Time was running out to get a glimpse of the hundreds of lake- and beach-nesting bird species that overwinter in the Outer Banks, NC area, so I figured I’d better get moving if I was going to catch a glimpse of them before they started heading north for the spring. As part of the Atlanta Flyaway (the bird migration pattern that spans the east coast of North America), multiple North Carolina lakes and National Wildlife Refuges serve as a respite for the original snow birds of winter.
I based out of Kitty Hawk and travelled most of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway for the first part of my sightseeing week.
After completing the Pea Island and Hatteras Island sections of the byway, I headed back north to finish one of the days with a quick visit to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills (this was my fourth outing to the birthplace of flight) and to take in the sunset at Jockey’s Ridge State Park.
Next up: more state parks, history, and the continued search for migratory birds 😊
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