A Monday Ride
I headed out from home mid morning today on a ride headed towards East Bend, NC. My legs seemed a little tired when I started out. It seemed I was fighting a strong headwind the whole way to East Bend. I pushed myself to keep the pace from dropping. When ever I am riding by myself into a head wind I remember what Mike Royal said about headwinds "you always have a headwind if you are going fast enough". Flags and leaves along the way confirmed the headwind. When I got to the road to Siloam I changed my course in that direction hoping for some relief. The wind wasn't as bad, but I had already fatigued my legs. The rest of the ride was a bit of a struggle.
Many rides from the Winston-Salem/Lewisville, NC area begin by going through East Bend. From there there are lots of options. Today I rode through the communities of Siloam and Shoals on my loop.
East Bend, North Carolina
East Bend was first known as Banner's Store. It was named for merchant Martin Luther Banner. Early settler Martin Luther Banner later moved west and founded Banner Elk, North Carolina. On March 7, 1887 the General Assembly incorporated the town of East Bend and named it after the east bend of the Yadkin River.
J.G. Huff established the first buggy-manufacturing business in town in 1873. The Huff Buggy Factory, built in 1893, was said to be the largest buggy factory in the South. Huff closed the buggy works about 1920 and began operating a funeral home, which is still owned and operated by his heirs.
In 1904, the town's population was 444, and it boasted of a hotel, two buggy factories, a tobacco bag factory, a bank and several stores. However, a decision by the Southern Railroad to bypass the town in 1890, put a damper on the town's growth.
As of the 2000 census, there were 659 people, 271 households, and 188 families residing in the town. East Bend has a total area of 1.3 square miles.
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|The Sign as you start across the bridge.|
|Looking across the "new" bridge.|
|The Yadkin River from the bridge in Siloam, NC.|
|Four turtles sitting on a log in the middle of the river below the bridge.|
|A quick rest stop and Gatorade in Siloam, NC.|
|On the left is the video camera mounted to my handlebar.|
|Pilot Mountain from Sandy Ridge Road in the Shoals Community|