Charleston Scenes & Sites

Charleston was a nice city to visit and we had fun roaming around. Here are a few photos of our visit. We are now on our way back to Florida.

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Day 18

Feeling equally excited and sad, I peddled off toward Charleston for the final leg of my journey. Excited because I knew my goal destination was within easy reach, and sad knowing that upon arrival my biking trip would be over.

IMG_1439What started out in the morning as a nightmarish ride on highway 17, sharing the road (not on the shoulder, but the actual vehicle lane) with fast moving cars and trucks, quickly turned into a peaceful ride along quiet country roads. At one point the police had blockaded my route with their vehicles, lights flashing. I rode around the blockade (my inner rebel urging me on) and soon found out why the road was closed. There had been some resent heavy rains causing the roadways in the area to flood. I peddled on, riding through the flowing flood waters while a helicopter circled overhead. Looking down I watched tiny schools of fish dart through the spokes of my tire as it slowly churned through the water. It was a cool, refreshing part of the ride, and my tires and sandals benefitted by getting a good washing too! Soon I was riding the final few miles into Charleston down a bike path that alternated from gravel, to grass, to pavement. Then, the final push up and over the bridge and down into town – yay! I made it to Charleston!!!!  🙂

Thank you for following along in spirit with me via my blog. And, thanks for your encouraging comments, texts, and phone calls. And especially thanks to Susi and Chris who were the SAG drivers and brought me cold drinks and charged my phone when I ran dry out in the middle of nowhere. I will make one or two more posts with stats from my trip, and some sites around Charleston.

I’m ready to start planning my next adventure!

STATS:
From: Jacksonboro, SC to Charleston, SC
Today’s Miles: 37
Total Trip Miles: 655

SAG Life

As the SAG (Support and Gear) driver, some people thought my sister Susi wouldn’t have much fun on this trip, but she begs to differ! Here is her perspective on things…

(I will be posting my final approach into Charleston tomorrow. Stay tuned!)

Day 17

IMG_1504The past few days have had me spending all or most of the day riding along busy highways, so today I took a little detour. I didn’t exactly expect a dirt surface when I took a back road, but it was nice and smooth. It sort of reminded me of riding on the beach only with lots of trees surrounding me on both sides. The best part? I only had to share the road with one lonely car.

Accommodations were very challenging today, as there’s not much in the way of hotel selection in these parts. What looked like it could be a town on the map actually turned out to be a simple crossroad intersection with a single gas station….no lodging. My bike and I had to get shuttled to where we’re staying tonight, in the lovely town (not so much) of Walterboro. I’ll get shuttled back to where I left off to continue my ride in the morning. Tomorrow… it’s off to Charleston!!!

STATS:
From: Beaufort, SC to Jacksonboro, SC
Today’s Miles: 37
Total Trip Miles: 618

Day 16

Whew, today was the biggest riding day I’ve had on this trip so far… over 50 miles! Adding a few miles to the ride made it so we could stay in a nicer town, with nicer hotels. 😃

IMG_1480Half of my miles today were spent traveling along the side of what seemed like a freeway, where the cars and trucks twirled my tassels as they whipped by. The other half  had me peddling on nice, new (wide) bike trails that I shared with almost no one.

Crossing the state line from Georgia into South Carolina was a little more rewarding than the border between Florida and Georgia. At least there was a bigger welcome sign! So far, I think I like South Carolina better than Georgia.

IMG_1500On top of my long ride, we squeezed in another stimulating laundry session, pigged out on burgers and ice cream at Fat Patties, and topped the day off with a movie.

Only 88 miles left until Charleston!!

Some views from today…

STATS:
From: Savannah, GA to Beaufort, SC
Today’s Miles: 51
Total Trip Miles: 581

Day 15

Taking a day off to hang out in Savannah. We met up with Sue (co-worker from DPR) for lunch, then she toured us around to some of her favorite shops in the old historic district where we’re staying. Lots of rain today!

STATS:
From: Savannah, GA to Savannah, GA
Today’s Miles: 0
Total Trip Miles: 530

Day 14

IMG_1431My rain jacket got fully tested in action today! I started out without it but only got 3 miles down the road before the rain downpour started. My sister had to come to my rescue to bring my jacket. The rain kept coming down the entire rest of the ride. So needless to say I didn’t really get any photos or shoot any video. I made it safely to Savannah though and feel deeply entrenched in the South now. It’s amazing how far north I had to peddle to get to the  “South”. Florida is definitely not part of the South in terms of culture. I found a really nice coffee shop called The Coffee Fox where I stopped to warm up with a mocha and a piece of quiche (ok, ok two mochas and two pieces of quiche). We did a bit of quick walking around and stumbled upon the DPR Hardin jobsite! My husband, Chris arrived here to spend some time with me, and tomorrow I am taking a day off to rest and do a bit of exploring around Savannah.

STATS:
From: Richmond Hill, GA to Savannah, GA
Today’s Miles: 23
Total Trip Miles: 530

Day 13

IMG_1361Awoke at 4:30 this morning to crashing thunder and lightning so bright it lit up our whole room. However the storm cleared just in time for a fabulous sunrise and an on-time departure for me. With one last gaze at the beautiful view from our balcony and a send-off from Sassy I  peddled away toward Richmond Hill.

I waved to an elderly gentleman leaving the post office as he was observing my ride from across the street. He gave me a broad smile, a big wave and shouted out “may your way be fast and steady”. I thought that was a nice thing for him to say.

IMG_1417When I saw a sign reading ‘Smallest Church in America’ of course I had to go see it! Well it was small alright, it was downright tiny!! You all (y’all…since I’m in the south) know how I love tiny things. Not a thing was missing from this wee church, except a pastor and the congregation.

One good thing about riding in this area is all the big logging trucks. If they’re really close as they pass by me they give me a little wind boost from behind that lets me coast for a few seconds…ha ha…yikes!IMG_1423

Hungry after 40 plus miles of peddling, I felt like I could eat anything and everything in sight! After a large iced tea, a caesar salad and a big bowl of macaroni & cheese I felt like I was going to explode. A ‘food baby’, as Susi called it.

Some of my views today…

STATS:
From: Darien, GA to Richmond Hill, GA
Today’s Miles: 42
Total Trip Miles: 507

Day 12

IMG_1340I couldn’t sleep, so I got up and started riding early. That means I’m tired and can’t really think of what to write. People in these parts must really like my pink bike because I got a lot of hoots, honks and big arm waves. I didn’t even have balloons on my basket today! Although I rode through a lot of areas with more saggy, rusted houses, we once again landed on our feet at a nice little bed and breakfast called the Blue Heron Inn. It is newly rebuilt and just reopened. IMG_1397I think we are the very first people to occupy the room we’re staying in, and we have the whole place to ourselves as the only guests tonight. We helped the owners, Bill and Jan, break in the new outdoor bar that they built from recycled materials from the old building (which unfortunately burned down last year). We don’t drink so we just ate our salads at the bar.

Some of the views from today…

STATS:
From: Jekyll Island, GA to Darien, GA
Today’s Miles: 40
Total Trip Miles: 465

Day 11

The morning started gently, luxuriously  sleeping in till 7 followed by a lovely breakfast at the Horse Stamp Inn. We pet Belle and fed her apples before I peddled away toward Jekyll Island, our next destination.

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On the way a couple of ladies drove up along side me as I peddled  Hwy 17 giggling, they asked if I knew whether Brunswick was north or south. I actually knew the answer – it was north. Then, they asked if I could give them directions, uhoh…..now what? I told them I was from Florida and didn’t actually know the way, they giggled more and said “Oh, we’re from Northern Ireland!!”. Then it struck me! I could look it up on my cell phone map app. They continued driving slowly along side me watching for cars, giggling and the whole time apologizing for bothering me – they weren’t, I thought it was fun.

Rumble strips are not made for riding bikes on!! They force a person to ride out in the roadway or rattle themselves apart trying to negotiate the ‘strips’ – yikes! Im happy to report though that I made it safely through the rumble-strip-obstacle-course leading out to Jekyll Island.

Once on the island there were wide and smoothly paved bike trails. In fact the trails were so nice that Susi even felt inspired to ride a ways with me. Thanks for suggesting we visit here Jim Snyder, it’s beautiful!

STATS:
From: Waverly, GA to Jekyll Island, GA
Today’s Miles: 40
Total Trip Miles: 425