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Hurricane Irene aftermath

(updated: Aug 29, 2011)

Sunday was a beautiful day after Hurricane Irene cleared out. So Mike, my brother Tim, and I went for a ride. I actually found some hurricane damage ... here it is:

Damage from the "massive" and "historic" hurricane Irene.

Massive and historic are in quotes because they are not my words, but the actual words used to describe the hurricane by both CNN and The Weather Channel. I believe that all the air coming out of the mouths of the blowhards on those two stations exceeded all the winds of Irene. If I had to put a category on the reporting, I would say it was a Category 4 on the talking windbag scale.

The Cross-City Trail:

The Fatback on UNCW trails:

Lots of debris everywhere:

We clear a tree from blocking the trail, and make a small log crossing out of it:

The Cross-City Trail takes shape along the backside of UNCW:

Fancy bridge on the Cross-City Trail:

Wrightsville Beach:

Sand Tiger Shark washed up on beach. It's as long as my wheelbase, about 48":

And finally, some random Hurricane Irene aftermath shots:

Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Pete said...

Emily? Do you mean Irene?

Aug 29, 2011 @ 9:14 AM

2. SBA said...

Yes, fixed. Major brain fart. What happens when you post at midnight.

Aug 29, 2011 @ 1:03 PM

3. Steve said...

What kind of fat tire bike is your buddy riding - the blue bike?

Aug 29, 2011 @ 2:30 PM

4. SBA said...

It's a Fatback. Really well crafted, well thought-out frame.

Aug 29, 2011 @ 6:35 PM

5. montyman said...!

This is just one of the places that Irene visited..Adams Creek, Temples Point, areas along the Neuse River in Craven County was others...Down East Carteret County was slammed too.
Outer Banks was blowed apart in many places...Maybe you guys don't get the real news down there?

Wilmington must have been spared but I can assure you that Irene's wrath was felt it many places.


Sep 2, 2011 @ 7:30 PM

6. SBA said...

Yes, we were spared, and the media only seemed to be interested in covering NYC and they were spared. Except for Hwy 12 along the Outer Banks, coverage of other areas in NC were spotty. Likewise, coverage of NH, VT lacking. It's always hyped up before the event, and then afterwards, when the real problems begin, the media has forgotten about it and onto the next topic du jour. I am joking above of course, but I am serious in that I extend my sympathies to those who were affected much more than we were.

Sep 2, 2011 @ 8:22 PM

7. Shannon said...

The Island Creek trail near New Bern was clobbered by Irene. I rode it some Labor Day and while Loop 1 has been cleared, the northeast side of Loop 2 is largely impassable due to large fallen trees and smaller debris; after carrying my bike over/around the fifth or sixth major blockage and losing the trail a few times under the debris, I finally gave up and turned around. The trail west to loops 3 and 4 looked better but still had multiple blockages.

Does anyone know who maintains the Island Creek trails? I'd love to pitch in and help with the cleanup. I could see someone had been working in there already, but there is so much damage that repair is going to be a long process.

Sep 6, 2011 @ 2:07 PM


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