Hello travelers and welcome to FinerCarolina’s Bicycle Tour of the Southern Outer Banks. My name is Frank McCreedy and this is my wife Heather.
Thanks to all of you who sent emails inquiring about Heather’s recent bike accident and whether it was too late to ask for a full refund. As you can see she is doing fine thanks to your kind prayers. The doctor said her twitching is normal and we should all try to ignore Heather despite the fact that she is drooling like a Newfoundland.
As you know we are a two-person company dedicated to delivering the North Carolina of our own childhoods – we want you to become immersed in the same Carolina brine that lives within my wife and I. And there will be a gastroenterologist available should this happen. Because we’re a two-person company it allows us to meet your needs in a very personable way – no fancy reservation departments and accounting departments for us – over the next four days we will come to know each other intimately. And while on that subject – please consider signing up for next month’s special Key Club Tour of Key Biscayne – it promises to be Key-razy!
I see some of you had to disassemble and box your bicycles for airplane travel. I will try to find a wrench but if not – this bottle opener should do a number on seat post nuts!
Now if you can all locate your FinerCarolina Itinerary printout I’d like to make a small change. Don’t worry – we’re still bicycling along Interstate 264 with its fierce Coastal Wind and the occasional breathtaking view of salt marsh.
But due to a very small IRS investigation currently underway on Heather and myself, we will not be staying in the two Bed & Breakfasts pictured on our website. However I’m sure you’ll appreciate the old charm of our replacement B&Bs — many thanks to the Estate of Charles “Chainsaw” Ellis for accommodating us with last minute reservations!
Many of you have expressed concern about our quirky weather. I assure you that part of the joy of biking during Carolina’s sweltering August is the feel of hot heavy rain cascading down your Polyester bike jersey. And while it’s true that North Carolina has been hit with the occasional hurricane, the state has less tropical activity than you may imagine. Especially in late summer, which we locals refer to as our “slow season”.
Hopefully all of you elected to participate in our all-new travel insurance offer, brought to us by our good friends over at Travelwell. We were impressed with their Trip Interruption offer, as well as their Blanket Hurricane and Terrorist Protection Plan. Good going guys at Travelwell!
It’s also important to remember that we offer comprehensive van support.
In no way are you obligated to bicycle with the group every day. The van can pick you and your bike up at any time! Heather is still a fine driver despite the fact that she will often fall into a deep sleep without warning. Actually I find that many of our guests don’t really bike at all, and instead choose to sleep late and check out the area’s many exciting tourist destinations – such as our very own Fort Macon!
And finally, the single word that is probably on most of your minds: RESTROOM ACCESSIBILITY. We plan our routes with careful attention to the location of public bathrooms. And the bonus of our expertise is local favorites served up with Southern Hospitality, such as the Apple & Onion Salad for $8.89 a pound at the Ocracoke Gas-n-Go.
Let’s Get Started!