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2015 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Ride Announces Waynesville as the Starting Host Town


Bicyclists can also enjoy the fly fishing trail through N.C. too!
Bicyclists can also enjoy the fly fishing trail through N.C. too! Bob E. Photo

APtravelnews-News Release from Waynesville, N.C-3/12/15—When Anna Smathers, Communications Manager for beautiful Haywood County, N.C. to tell me about her joy in having, after months of behind the scenes planning and coordinating, the North Carolina Amateur Sports organization and Cycle North Carolina recently announced that the Town of Waynesville has been named as the starting host town for the 2015 “Mountains to Coast” Bicycle Tour in September.  The organization made the official announcement on Sunday, March 8 at the opening reception of the North Carolina Governors Conference on Tourism in Pinehurst, NC. All participating municipalities and communities were announced and Waynesville received the distinguished title as the starting host town for the ride. “We are honored and excited to be selected as the host/start city for the event this year.  The tour will allow the 1000+ participants and their families to enjoy the mountains and scenic beauty of the area, and while they are here, gives Waynesville the opportunity to showcase its hospitality and charm,” said Marcy O’Neil, Town Manager for Waynesville.

Waynesville will serve as base camp for the initial kick-off and starting point for the cross state ride.  Participants are planned to arrive Saturday, September 26 or even earlier and will have free time to enjoy the local area.  They will begin their journey on Sunday, September 27 and travel 55 miles to neighboring Hendersonville, where they will spend the night before continuing on to Shelby.The “Mountains to Coast” ride provides participants with just enough introductions to each community to entice them to bring their families back for longer visits including vacations.

This event will bring One to two-night stays from 900+ participants, plus more than 4.6 million media/print impressions. ($250,000 value) benefits to the many communities that this event will be an Introduction of communities to participants throughout North Carolina, the U.S. and other countries. Additional revenues from concessions, catering, hotel stays, dining, shopping, attraction visits, etc. will accrue to participating businesses in this area of N.C.

The “Mountains to Coast” tour is major step in the right direction to grow this specific tourism market in Haywood County,” said Lynn Collins, Executive Director of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. For more information on the event, visit
 Along with its picturesque beauty, Haywood County and its five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde offer year round activities and events centered around food, heritage, music, art and the outdoors. No matter what experience you choose, N.C. guarantees you will always experience Authentic Appalachian, Pure & Simple! For more information visit  or contact the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority at 800-334-9036. Note* Barb and I spent a week in this area and it was the best trip ever!!!!

To download a PDF click here: 2015 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Ride Announces Waynesville as the Starting Host Town

Whether or Not You Like The Weather, You Are Stuck With What “M.N.” Throws at You


APtravelnews-March, 4th, Crossville, TN.-The word from our other neck of the woods (we are snow-birds, FL. winter, TN. Spring, Summer, Fall) is that tragically, 30 people died from the recent horrendous weather TN. has experienced. We got our power back at the farm rather quickly after the storm almost two weeks ago, many other thousands have just now gotten their power back. Most people have electric heat and it was quite a drain on folks to just stay warm. Well, Gore was right; climate change and the heating of the planet Mars is now on-going! Whew! Many, many people would have wished he was correct about earth this past week.

One thing for sure, I’ve heard  from my talking horse, Miss Kitty, that Barb and I have enough downed trees and limbs on our farm to keep our two chainsaws busy for a month. The benefit side is we do burn wood, the downside as we are getting a bit older now is cutting wood and stacking it warms you twice; when you cut it and stack it and when you finally burn it! But, that’s OK! This is how I get some great exercise and lose that weight I gain when eating at restaurants for this website.

Do not disturb Florida’s nesting sea turtles 


When our turtles were hunted and nearly made extinct so many, yet not so many years ago!
When our turtles were hunted and nearly made extinct so many, yet not so many years ago!








APtravelnews-March 3rd,A news release from It can be thrilling to watch a sea turtle crawl onto the beach at night and dig a large hole in the sand to lay dozens of eggs. Just remember that “Do not disturb” is the best behavior to follow when observing a nesting sea turtle. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks people not to get too close, shine lights on, or take flash photos of nesting sea turtles.Spring is the beginning of sea turtle nesting season in Florida. From now through the end of October, thousands of sea turtles will land on Atlantic and Gulf coast beaches to lay their eggs. With Florida hosting one of the largest loggerhead nesting aggregations in the world, this becomes an opportunity for residents and visitors to play an important role in conserving these long-lived reptiles. People can help by taking turtle-friendly precautions on the beach. “Take care when you’re on a Florida beach at night and do not disturb the nesting sea turtles,” said Dr. Robbin Trindell, who leads the FWC’s sea turtle management program. “People can help save threatened and endangered sea turtles by giving them enough space and privacy to safely and successfully lay their eggs. It’s as simple as keeping your distance and avoiding shining lights or taking flash photos of the nesting sea turtles.” Loggerheads, leatherbacks and green turtles are the primary species of sea turtles that nest in the Sunshine State. Loggerheads had another good nesting year in 2014 with 86,870 nests recorded statewide.

“Conservation actions of Floridians and visitors to the state may have contributed to the general upward trend in sea turtle nest numbers in recent years. That’s wonderful news for the sea turtles,” said Trindell. “However, these species still face significant threats during their long-distance oceanic migrations. Whatever we can do to help our sea turtles will make a difference.”

Ways to protect nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings:

  • Remain at a distance from nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.
  • Remove chairs, canopies, boats and other items from the beach at night, because they block the movement of turtles and hatchings.
  • Turn off or shield lights along the beach, in order to prevent hatchlings from getting confused and going toward lights on land instead of the salt water, where they belong.
  • Use red LED flashlights on the beach at night, adjust cell phone screens to dark mode and don’t take flash photos.
  • Fill in holes that people dug in the sand during the day, so nesting sea turtles and hatchlings don’t fall in and get stuck there at night.
  • Correctly dispose of fishing line, so it won’t entangle sea turtles and other animals.
  • Remember it is illegal to harm, harass or take sea turtles, their eggs and hatchlings, including getting too close to a nesting female.
  • Report sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline, 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC).

Support Florida’s sea turtles by purchasing the “Helping Sea Turtles Survive” license tag at Tag funds go toward sea turtle research, rescue and conservation efforts. People also can donate $5 and receive an FWC sea turtle decal. For decals or to learn more about sea turtles, go to

To see 2014 statewide nesting totals, go to  then click on “Wildlife” and “Sea Turtles” and then “Nesting.”