Road Biking North Carolina
by Judi Lawson Wallace (Falcon Guides)
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Salisbury is a cute town and the Transportation Museum provided a fun and interesting break. However, this ride has some difficulties that garner it a lower rating. The first two miles or so of the ride are past historic homes; this is a pretty ride but requires many turns and keeping a careful eye on the map while trying to ride (or stopping at the end of each block to determine a route). The remainder of the "ramble" we rode in fairly consistent traffic of a moderate degree. Most drivers were courteous but the amount of traffic denied us a feeling of escaping to the countryside. Overall, this is a slightly odd "ramble," where the initial parts would be good for very leisurely riders looking around town but the middle and end parts we would recommend only for road riders intending to keep up a decent pace. Note that most of this is obvious from a careful look at the description in the trail guide; I comment here only to explain the lower score and to call others' attention to the details.
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