Here, finally, is the postscript I promised. First off, some props to America by Bicycle for the new features they’ve added since my last ride with them 10 years ago.
GPS route files. During the Mississippi ride in 2008 one of the riders had a handheld GPS, probably meant for hikers, hunters and the like. Jeff, our ride leader gave him an advance look at the route sheets so that he could load the route into his GPS. Fast forward to today where GPS bike computers are readily available. I highly recommend them. Mine is an older Garmin 200, which doesn’t show street maps but does show the route as a line on the screen and can be made to beep 300 feet before each route cue (turn, point of interest, etc.).
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74 miles, 490 feet of climbing
It seems fair to say that every bit of climbing today was a bridge over either I-95 or one of the many rivers we crossed. Being the last day, some packed up there bikes and were gone by the evening. Others, including Melanie and I, stayed over night before departing. One rider was riding on to Fort Lauderdale, 300+ miles for crows. Continue reading “Day 25 – Brunswick, GA to Jacksonville, FL”
81 miles, 570 feet of climbing
Another essentially flat day, much of it spent on Highway 17 south. The roads in Georgia are better than South Carolina’s, leaving only Florida to compete for the worst roads crown. Continue reading “Day 24 – Savannah, GA to Brunswick, GA”
Melanie arrived last night and we walked around downtown, grabbed beers and dessert.
This morning we headed out for an early breakfast and the walked the River Walk back to our hotel. Then to the airport to add me as a driver on her rental car. We spotted a Culver’s restaurant something I first encountered on the ABB North trip in 2004. I introduced her to frozen custard, Midwest style. Continue reading “Day 23 – Rest day, Savannah, GA”
74 miles, 780 feet of climbing
Pretty flat, humid, all repeating recent days. Even a bit of mist to begin with. The route largely followed route 17 South, crossing I-95 several times. Some small towns, such as Ridgeland Continue reading “Day 22 – Walterboro, SC to Savannah, GA”
67 miles, 670 feet of climbing
Today we left at 7 am, hoping to beat some of the heat. Success, helped by a fast pace to the first and only SAG at 37 miles and a reasonable, but steady pace to Walterboro. Dan, John, Ian, Harry and I stopped at the DQ (official stop for these things) across the road from the motel and took our time, expecting that our rooms might not be ready. Some were, some were not. Continue reading “Day 21 – Santee, SC to Walterboro, SC”
96 miles (93 actual), 750 feet of climbing
Not many photos today. Not much new, trying to motor along to the end. And I was expecting to have some nice photos of Lake Marion from a bicycle/pedestrian bridge parallel to I-95. Unfortunately the bridge was closed at both ends, apparently because of bad behavior in recent times. We were shuttled over the I-95 bridge to the hotel. Continue reading “Day 20 – Georgetown, SC to Santee, SC”
97 miles, 620 feet of climbing
I would not have guessed that today’s route included even 620 feet of climbing. Instead the challenge was the heat and humidity-temps in the 90 degree range with a “real feel” much closer to 100 degrees. Some riders adapted better than others. Continue reading “Day 19 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC to Georgetown, SC”
This morning I made a point of getting out on the beach to capture the sunrise: Continue reading “Day 18 – Rest Day, N. Myrtle Beach, SC”
56 miles, 750 feet of climbing
Before leaving the hotel, Mike gave a bicycle handling skills clinic, giving us various exercises to practice later. The weather had the potential to be hot and humid but intermittent clouds helped moderate the temperatures to a mostly comfortable point. Continue reading “Day 17 – Whiteville, NC to N. Myrtle Beach, SC”