Monday, September 10, 2012

The 2012 MS150 Bike Tour

The 2012 Eastern North Carolina Multiple Sclerosis Society 
MS150 Cycling Tour
Rider Number 321 Returns

This year represented my fifteenth consecutive year participating in this event.

Here are the statistics for the Saturday and Sunday ride.

DATE
DISTANCE
TIME
KPH
MAX-KPH
SAT 08 SEP 2012
118.34
05:12
22.7
35.5
SUN 09 SEP 2012
119.11
05:17
22.5
54.9


Saturday was a good ride.  We rode across the Neuse river and headed up toward Aurora NC then circled back and crossed the Neuse river upstream from New Bern and joined NC Route 55 and headed back into town.  Our route took us over to Glenburnie Drive and across US70 and US17 and back into town, 'the-back-way' around Tryon's Place to Union Point Park and the convention center the start/end of the ride.  Between US70 and NC17 we had a very brief but intense rain shower which was very welcome given it was so near the end of a long hot day.

Sunday dawned overcase and threatening. The folks in charge of the ride had a direct line to the National Weather Service and they assured us that we may not get any rain at all but only gray skies that day.  The forecast was right on target. And I only saw a short period of sunshine the entire ride.  Sunday's ride took us again over the Neuse River Bridge and straight out NC-55 almost all the way to Oriental NC.  We actually crossed NC 306 (the road between the Minnesott Beach and Aurora ferrys). We turned left off NC55 before reaching Oriental and rode north and stopped at the Harbor Club at River Dunes for lunch.  Then it was on through downtown Oriental NC.  From Oriental we biked over to Arapahoe.  From there it was back roads until we reached NC55 again just six miles from New Bern.  We crossed back over the NC55/US17 Neuse River Bridge then the Trent River Bridge which put us right back at our starting point in Union Point Park New Bern NC.

Here is a photo album of the ride:

The 2012 Eastern NC MS Society MS150 Cycling Tour