Economy got you down… take a ride!

Americans are tightening their budgets when it comes to vacations this year.  This stems from concern on spending large amounts of money for a trip when unemployment rates are so high. Others are hesitant to request several days off for fear of looking uncommitted to their work.  Needless to say, these concerns create a great amount of stress that you can find difficult to escape from if you can’t take the “proverbial break” to restore your sanity.
Enter: NC Touring; a new motorcycle touring company based in Durham, NC.  With their love for the outdoors, Line and Terri Dempsey started the company to eliminate some of the obstacles that keep riders from experiencing motorcycle camping.  In a time when people are concerned about spending money, NC Touring offers what they call “Affordable Motorcycle Adventures”.  The company offers several three day motorcycle camping trips to the mountains or the coast of North Carolina, each tour costing about $200.00 per motorcycle.
What makes NC Touring so unique is the fact that they provide, transport and set-up your camping accommodations.  That means that you don’t have to go out and purchase a bunch of specialized equipment to “save money” with a motorcycle camping trip.  Literally, you only need your motorcycle and a willingness to explore.
NC Touring has made it a point of finding some of the overlooked roads and scenic by-ways that make NC such a beautiful state to explore.  But the company goes beyond just leading a trip to your destination.  Their showcase tours to the mountains include stops at some of the most picturesque waterfalls the state has to offer.  These falls are not your standard well-known sites, but are areas that are often overlooked or missed by mainstream tourists.  Often, a short hike will be involved, but the rewards are worth the effort.
So when times are lean, and your sanity is being stretched, what better way to relax then to put a few miles between you and your work life.  All the planning, accommodations and routes are taken care of… just add motorcycle! No hard decisions here, other than when you want to go!
For more information about NC Touring, visit them on the web at:, email them at, or give them a call at 919-410-TOUR.

Line Dempsey

Line Dempsey has been guiding adventure tours for many years. Having been born and reared in NC, Line got his start in leading tours in the 1980's with unsupported bicycle tours of the state of NC, SC and Virginia. Line worked in the tourism industry for 10 years prior to leaving for graduate school. Line began leading motorcycle trips in NC, VA, SC, as well as a trip to the lower east corner of the US ( Key West ). For the last 14 years, Line's work has allowed him to travel throughout the state of NC at least once a week and he's seen most of the overlooked side roads of our beautiful state. Line has explored NC via bicycle, kayak, motorcycle, rock climbing, hiking and by sailboat.

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