Ride across North Carolina #4: Day 1

Scott Sherrill - Monday, September 28, 2015

Day 1: From Waynesville to Hendersonville

Well, we finally hit the road today. The Cyclists were sky high as the fourth of July with anticipation. The day started a little slowly as we had to drive from Asheville to Waynesville to start the ride and apparently some of the team members were a little slow on the uptake, because of the previous night’s activities.

We stopped at an International House of Pancakes for breakfast (to right the ship--as we say down east). After a hearty breakfast John Brodman (JB) and Jan Frye (JF--the dog whisperer) were in such great spirits they volunteered to make sure there was enough air in the team members’ bikes. The operative word in this scenario is enough air. Mike Hargett (MH) was still suffering from dancing to the Zydeco beat the night before and just staring straight ahead. Well, everything was going excellently until JB AND JF managed to over inflate the rear tire on MH’s bike until it exploded.  Now remember, we are still in the parking lot of the IHOP.

Now…if we were on the course that would be different, but we are still twenty miles away in the Jarrett Bay Oyster Truck. That was clever how we snuck in our first commercial. The Team obviously will work hard for free oysters.

When we arrived at the starting place, all of the 1000 others riders had departed two hours earlier because it is now close to 10:00 am. MH had his tire repaired and the team took of in hot pursuit of the pack. After only a mile, MH’s rear tire exploded again. The team quickly (not so much) fixed the second flat of the day by pooling their repair supplies and they took off again. They were really moving until they hit the first climb of the day, which was only about a mile up the road.

Our cyclists do not like to whine (but they love wine). So they reported to the team managers that the hill climb was to steep, to early in the ride, and was causing them to breathe heavily. They also wondered why Mountains could not just go down instead of this ‘up’ stuff.

The team managers quickly talked the Cyclists down from their self-inflicted state of despair, and convinced them that quitting was unacceptable for the PKS Cycling Team and if they did--they would be left in the mountains to fend for themselves.

Remember these instructions are communicated by race radio. As it was explained earlier, the Team managers just roll down the power windows and yell at the cyclists.

Well, if you are sitting at home wondering when it will quit raining, the cyclists are with you in spirit. They rode sixty miles today in drizzling to hard rain (55-63 degrees), up and down mountain passes with wet leaves all over the road, and thankfully they all managed to stay upright. Well not so fast, JF (the Dog Whisperer) actually crashed coming into rest stop number three in a mud puddle while trying to stop. MH and JB pretended they did not know him until he received appropriate medical treatment from the local rescue squad. The only good news in todays tale of woe, is that your cyclists did not wear any clothing indicating they were from PKS or knew anything about the Jarrett Bay Oyster Company.

Other significant facts on today’s ride:

  • MH had his rear tire blow out for a third time at the same rest stop where JF crashed coming in.
  • JB rode like a champion all day because he did not like being cold and wet.
  • JF (the dog whisperer) had to scare one small dog away earlier in the ride, but JB and MH thought the dog was just trying to make friends.
  • Our cyclists rode for 6.5 hours and endured elevation gains of 3,853 feet over a distance of 60.4 miles.

Hendersonville has tons of attractions for you PKS travelers and here are a few:

  • Blue Ridge Parkway is just twelve miles away. Americas most scenic ride with views of some of western NC famous landmarks including Mt Mitchell, the highest Mountain east of the Rockies.
  • Carl Sandburg Home is 3 miles south of town and is the last home of the famous poet, author, historian and Pulitzer Prize winner.
  • Chimney Rock Park with its panoramic peak is just seventeen miles away.
  • The Cradle of Forestry is the place where scientific forestry was first practiced and taught over 909 years ago.
  • Looking Glass Falls is a popular attraction and is in the Pisgah National Forest.
  • The Pisgah National Forest covers almost 491,00 acres of forestland, spreading over 12 western counties and over all the outdoor recreational activities most people could ever imagine.
  • The well-known Italian marble angel statue that served as the inspiration for the Thomas Wolfe book, Look Homeward, Angel resides in Oakdale Cemetery.

For the evening festivities, we met up with several friends we met on the trip last year (Joyce, Ron, Susan & Larry), and all went downtown Hendersonville to the restaurant Square Root. From last year our new friends knew we all liked J Lohr Cabernet (because we bought the last bottle in a restaurant—which meant no more for them://) so they brought two bottles for us to enjoy and celebrate our reunion! The wine went perfectly with our dining choices of Filet Mignon, Ahi Tuna, Hanger Steak and Braised Pork Shank.

See you later! (vi ses senare!)

Coastal Storm Update

Scott Sherrill - Friday, September 25, 2015

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please see the attached and below from the National Weather Service regarding the coastal storm in the area through the weekend…The Town is and will be monitoring roadway conditions throughout the event.

Thank you,

Scott Sherrill, Town Clerk/Planning Administrator
Town of Pine Knoll Shores
100 Municipal Circle
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
252-247-4353, ext 11

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Subject: FW: Coastal Storm to Impact Eastern NC through the weekend

All, attached is the latest weather update on the coastal storm from the NWS.


From: Casey Dail - NOAA Federal
Date: Friday, September 25, 2015 at 6:00 AM
To: nws er mhx pppres
Subject: Coastal Storm to Impact Eastern NC through the weekend

Good morning,

Moderate to strong east/northeast flow will persist into the weekend, resulting in several impacts across Eastern NC. At this time, we expect the worst impacts to be felt around the times of high tide Saturday evening and early Sunday morning along the oceanside portions the Outer Banks, north of Cape Hatteras.

Through the weekend, we will be in a period of above normal astronomical tides resulting in the potential for at least minor coastal flooding along the Outer Banks north of Hatteras and possibly over the southern Pamlico Sound region (Cedar Island, Adams and Club Foot Creeks). Other impacts include dangerous rip currents, continued beach erosion and dangerous shore break.

High Surf and Coastal Flood Advisories remain in effect for Outer Banks Dare County, mainly for areas north of Cape Hatteras through Sunday evening for minor ocean overwash and dune erosion north of Hatteras. Strong easterly winds are expected to develop Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. Gale force winds are possible across the waters Saturday afternoon and evening, mainly north of Ocracoke, with wind gusts 40-45 mph along the Outer Banks. Seas will build to 8-13 feet north of Ocracoke, and 4-9 feet south.

Widespread showers are expected today and Saturday, with locally heavy rainfall and localized flooding possible.

The National Weather Service will be monitoring this situation closely and will be providing updates when additional information becomes available. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Casey Dail
NWS Newport/Morehead City NC

Cycle NC Prologue

Scott Sherrill - Friday, September 25, 2015

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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 !!!!!!!!!!

Bulky Waste and White Goods Pick-Up

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, September 24, 2015

We will have a bulk waste collection on Monday, October 12 and a White Goods Collection on Friday, October 16. Please see below for more details.

On Monday, October 12, Waste Industries will be collecting Bulky Items for pick-up. Bulky Waste items for this special pick up are to be placed out for collection with your normal trash on Monday morning.  Bulk waste includes household furniture, mattresses, bedding, outdoor grills (propane tanks are excluded), outdoor furniture, bags of clothing, and small quantities of construction and demolition material (windows, doors, trim boards, vinyl siding, plywood, etc.) normally associated with minor homeowner repairs. Items other than furniture need to be bagged or tied in bundles with long items not to exceed four feet in length. Doors can be discarded in their full length. Batteries, paint, solvents, waste oil, petroleum products, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and pesticide products are considered to be hazardous or special waste and will not be collected.  ITEMS SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE CURB THE NIGHT BEFORE.

On Friday, October 16, Waste Industries will be collecting White Goods. White Goods are inoperative or discarded refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, washers, dryers or other similar domestic appliances or parts thereof.  Electronics like TV’s, computers, stereos, video players/recorders, etc. are not white goods. Please call Town Hall (247-4353) by Thursday, October 15 to let us know your address and what items you would like picked up. ITEMS SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE CURB THE NIGHT BEFORE.

If Waste Industries is unable to collect your item, they will leave a tag letting you know.

Second homeowners interested in taking advantage of this service should plan to be here the night prior to pick-ups (10/11, 10/15) to ensure that items are picked up. If you are unsure if your item is a “white good” or “bulky waste”, please call Town Hall and we will let you know.

Ride across North Carolina 4, Prologue to the Prologue

Scott Sherrill - Monday, September 21, 2015

So, we have been silent since finishing Ride Number 3 on Oct 3, 2014. Hasn’t the silence been great? But, unfortunately just like a bad habit, we just keep coming back.

Contrary to popular belief, the Pine knoll Shores’ Cycling team did not train all winter, spring and summer getting ready to ride across NC for the 4th time for Charity.  What we did was pretend we were never going to do this ride again unless we got a sign from an inspirational source like from outer space, nature, an intoxicated neighbor, or a television evangelist…you get the picture, we were trying to come up with any reason not to do it, because it would get us out of a lot of training which is always accompanied by pain when you are no longer a spring chicken.

Well, one day a couple of our team members were going over to Havelock to have some BBQ for their training lunch at Big Fellas. On the way they passed the Hospice House and damn if they didn’t see a spring chicken standing on the side of the road.

The team members discussed the meaning of this unusual occurrence while eating pulled pork BBQ, potato salad, green beans and corn bread and decided that if the spring chicken was in any way connected to the Hospice House, the Pine Knoll Shores’ Cycling Team had to take up the challenge of riding across NC again to raise money for the Hospice. For this group this is kind of like a sign sent from heaven. During further team discussions it was discovered that Hospice had indeed been instrumental and phenomenal in taking such good care of someone they knew. And for that, the team wanted to give back to this saintly group of people.

As to the team, Jan Frye’s (the Dog Whisperer) training has been sporadic because of a torn retina in his left eye that required surgery twice.  Although this is certainly a concern of John and Mike, his teammates, they are more worried about how effective the Dog Whisperer will be if he has trouble seeing attacking dogs coming from his left. They quickly developed a brilliant strategy to combat this defensive weakness that is quite simple.  If an attack dog comes from the right, Jan (the Dog Whisperer) will simply talk it into submission as usual. But if the dog comes from the left side – Mike, who is well aware that a large pit bull could easily bite his bike in half, plans to switch over to Jan’s right side and yell “hey a dog is about to bite you!” John, a college down hill snow skier, plans to use his collegiate training by finding the closest natural mogul (tiny hill) and jump over the dog and speed away.

Some of you are clearly thinking that real teammates would not expose one of their own to get away from a charging -lets just say it- pit bull. John and Mike, when questioned on this point, quickly responded if Jan (the Dog Whisperer) can’t talk himself out of this situation, who can?

Our team managers Buffa and Sylvia have agreed to again provide logistics, training and first aid support for the Cyclists, but have issued the Cyclists a twenty eight-page list of do’s and don’ts that we will report on later. When asked why the list was so long and exhaustive- Buffa and Sylvia simply responded, “You can’t fix stupid -but you have got to keep trying”.

We appreciate every one of you who supported us last year and as a result we were successful in raising $5000 for the Hope for the Warriors Project. We now plan to concentrate on raising as much as we can for our Hospice House, to whom many of us owe a great deal of gratitude.

So if you get this “blog”, we leave on September 26 (Travel Day), start the bike trip on the 27th, will send you daily reports, and all you have to do is wait anxiously each day to receive all the exciting news about your Pine Knoll Shores’ Cycling Team.  We have chosen to wear yellow and sky blue team colors and speak Swedish this year to honor the contributions of our neighbor, the crazy Swedish Lady, who last year motivated the team by questioning their hearts and their desire to succeed in this impossible endeavor. So to you Swedish Lady, we say Skoal!

Late breaking news (aka rumors) has it that Bill and Tina Keefe will join us on the last day of the ride to provide moral support.

When you are getting moral support from an Irishman on a motorcycle what possibly could go wrong? As usual Tina has agreed to supervise this activity, but has not afforded any information that has convinced our cyclists that mixing motorcycles and bicycles and Irish libations is a good idea.

September Shoreline Available Online

Scott Sherrill - Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The September Shoreline is now available online here.

Coexisting with Coyotes

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ladies and Gents,

In the past month we have received a number of calls concerning the sighting of coyotes.  Some have heard them as well.  This has particularly been the case along Pine Knoll Blvd (the drive to Town Hall from Rt 58) and several of the nearby streets.  This has come on top of reports that started this Spring in other areas of the Town.  While some folks who have been around this area for years say we have always had coyotes, there has definitely been an increase in reports to us at Town Hall recently.  Sadly, there has also been an increase in reports of missing cats, mainly on the Loblolly loop area.  We have no proof that these 2 issues are related, but the coincidence cannot be ignored.

We contacted the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC).  They provided us with the attached flyer with information to prevent conflicts with these animals.

As with most of these types of issues the basic rule is to try  as best as possible to avoid interaction.  Eradication won’t work, nor will attempts at trapping/moving them.  Living next to a 275 acre Natural Area makes this pointless.

There are some very good and reasonable tips listed in the attachment.  Probably the one that makes the most sense is removing food sourcesAs you can see in the photo below taken in Town on 8 August, the animals are eating something that was left in the open.

Let’s secure our trash, keep our pets on leash, and take the other steps listed.  Hopefully the coyotes will go somewhere else to eat.

Lastly: we are awaiting a call from a NCWRC Biologist and will try to get him to come in for a talk.  We’ll get the word out on this and invite anyone interested to attend.

Coexisting with Coyotes

August Shoreline Now Available Online

Scott Sherrill - Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The August edition of the Shoreline is now available here

July Shoreline Now Available Online

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, July 02, 2015

The July issue of the Shoreline is now available online!

Click here

Recycling Changes 2015, Starting 06/29/15

Scott Sherrill - Monday, June 15, 2015

IMPORTANT: Changes for Recycling Collection, starting MONDAY, June 29, 2015.

Please read ahead for more details.

In an effort to make recycling more convenient, recycling will be changing from every other Thursday to every other Monday.  Whatever container you currently use is fine. We are not changing containers, just the pick-up dates. Pine Knoll Shores has been split into 2 different collection days/areas.  

Depending on where your home is, you will either be an “A” week or a “B” week.  Please read ahead to see what collection area your home is located in.

            “A WEEK” - Sycamore to the East. FIRST PICK UP JUNE 29.

  • July Pick-Up dates for A WEEK are: July 13 & 27.

            “B WEEK” - Everything West of Sycamore. FIRST PICK UP JULY 6.

  • July Pick-Up dates for B WEEK are: July 6 & 20

CLICK HERE for a calendar of all pick-up dates through 2015 and collection area maps to help determine if you are in section “A” or “B”. These same calendars and maps are now available for pick-up at Town Hall.

The break for “A WEEK” on Sycamore is at the intersection of Sycamore and Beechwood – it does not go past the boat basin to the west.   

104,106 & 108 Beechwood and 226 Salter Path Rd are included with “B” WEEK.

Please note that the residences on the west side of Sycamore are on “B” week and across the road on the East side will be “A” week. 

Because your trash and recycling will now be picked up on the same day, you may notice earlier pick-up times from Waste Industries. It will be important to put your recycling containers out the night before your scheduled pick-up.

There will still be a normal town-wide pick up on Thursday, June 18. Please be sure to put your bins out.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at 252-247-4353 X13.

Thank You!