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Ocracoke: Legendary Bike Tours and Blackbeard

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is famous for leisurely bike touring. Sojourn’s tours of this region are responsible in part for this fame. Imagine cycling along miles of uninterrupted ocean and pristine dunes on the island of Ocracoke, basking in the breath-taking expanse of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, or sailing with dolphins in the sparkling waters of the Pamlico Sound. It’s the stuff of legends…

Yes. But historically, what becomes a legend most in this part of North Carolina is Blackbeard (1680-1718). An English pirate who marauded ships along the shores of North Carolina, Blackbeard, born Edward Teach, was a savvy sailor who used his giant stature to great advantage. He disdained violence (there are no accounts of his ever having murdered or harmed his captives) and instead elicited compliance from his victims through fear.

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North Carolina Bike Tours: Lead a Horse to Water

Sojourn’s bike tours in North Carolina give new meaning to the old proverb “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Bicyclists, like horses, will only do what they have a mind to do. Historically, both have been drawn to the Outer Banks.

A look back shows us that the ponies have a leg up on their two-wheeled admirers. The earliest bicycle called the Draisienne or hobby horse, a scooter-like contraption, imagine a modern bike without pedals, dates back to the late 1790’s. Ask a local about the history of the ponies in the Outer Banks and she’ll tell you they’ve been around forever.

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