Ride across North Carolina #Four
Why would anybody in their right mind ride across North Carolina for a “Fourth” time on their bicycles? Well, because if you have done it three previous times, the next time you do it would be the fourth! But you do have to wonder what in the heck is wrong with the PKS Cycling Team. They could just stay home and ride their bikes down to Molly’s in Atlantic Beach for beer and be done with it. But no, that would be too easy and really does not address the question of why we do it. That’s a question that requires an answer, so let’s get it out of the way early.
- We like raising money for great causes like the Carteret County Hospice Organizations. Also we enjoy keeping you, our somewhat captive audience, informed of what we are doing because we know some of you like it. However, some of you have stated that you think we are a bunch of losers- -but we say Nay!
- We have decided to continue using a cultural theme (like we used last year), because the Pope recently said all of us should do our part to help educate the masses and that inspired us. Last year we used an Italian theme, and as most of you know who read the prologue to the prologue, we have chosen Swedish this year. We chose the Swedish theme to get the crazy Swedish lady from PKS who tormented us on last year’s ride off our backs.
- Some of you PKSers have contacted us and have indicated you think the crazy Swedish lady does not exist and certainly does not live in PKS. Well, you’re wrong again! We put our best investigative people on the job and now have proof that President Obama was not born in America. Wait, that was the question Donald Trump asked us to investigate. To your question- -we know she lives on Loblolly Circle and we have a picture to prove it. Before we show you the picture, let’s learn a little Swedish. To say Thank you -you would just say Tack. To show our appreciation for you now believing us, we would also say Tack. If you had a whole lot of Swedish people saying Tack at the same time it would sound like a spring chicken eating corn on the cob. So there you go, and our indisputable proof the Crazy Swedish lady living in PKS is real can be found by clicking here!
- We have spent a lot of time (not) since the last ride thinking about a theme that might be of interest to our many supporters. After developing this theme, we will ride across North Carolina and report to you using this terrific idea. (You can be the judge of whether it is terrific or not!) But suffice it to say we are riding for each and every one of you. So with this in mind, come and join us for this exciting adventure.
As usual we will ride as depicted on the map below from the left of our state to the right of our state. The route is always different each year to keep us from actually knowing where we are going. What we really know is we start in the high mountains in the town of Waynesville and
ride our bicycles cross North Carolina to the coastal town of Oak Island. The distance is 494 miles-- if you do not get lost along the way (OK- quit laughing we always report when we get lost) and it should take us seven days.
Click here for the a map of NC. Brown is real hard, Yellow is easier and Green is the easiest.
We posted some fun facts and figures on the tracking board at town hall and if you have not been by to see them, here they are:
Facts and Figures:
- 494 miles from Waynesville to Oak Island
- 7 days of riding between 55-100 miles a day
- 20 miles between rest stops with peanut butter sandwiches as the riders’ favorite
- 25 peanut butter sandwiches should be enough to get you across the state
- 3 distinct geographical areas to pass through: the Mountains, the Piedmont and the Coastal plain
- 27 Hours of riding at 18 mph to go 494 miles. Average of 3.92 hours of riding per day. Note- you are lucky if you can go up the mountains at 6 miles per hour. Going down is a lot more fun!
In the late breaking news department this just came across the wires. Wait--do we still use the word wires when we are talking about modern day communication?
I don’t think so! But again we digress. Jarrett Bay Oyster Company has agreed to terms making it the first Official Corporate Sponsor of the PKS Cycling Team. If you are hearing this news for the first time, we recommend that you sit down before you fall down.
Jarrett Bay Oyster Company is one of the mega giants in the Seafood industry and has promised to give our Cycling Team all the Oysters they can eat and get this—for free!
The Swedish lady just called in and said that she knows for a fact that one of the owners of Jarrett Bay Oyster Company is also one of the Cyclists on the PKS Cycling Team. She claims this is a clear case of insider trading and will file a suit in Federal Court as soon as she can find her pants. To be continued ………….
Goodbye (god dag)
Crystal Coast Hospice House provides an inpatient hospice facility to patients and families along the central NC coast and Hospice of Carteret County provides in-home patient care through extensive Nursing Services. If you want to contribute, you simply make a check out to Crystal Coast Hospice House or the Carteret General Foundation (annotate your check for Hospice) to support Hospice of Carteret County and mail it to Mike Hargett, 139 Hoffman Beach Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. Mike will take your contributions to these agencies and ensure you get a letter acknowledging your tax deductible contribution. Tack, Tack. Tack !!!!!!!!!!