Hank – We pulled the starter cord and fired up the motor early today, which basically means we woke up at 6:00 am and were on the road by 8:00. The sun was brightly shining on a cool morning. The wind was out of the north and we were headed south.
Surprisingly, we had shoulder on US Hwy 17 for the first 20 miles to Georgetown. We stopped in the historic waterfront area and found the Coffee Break Cafe where they served up an awesome breakfast. After we ate we decided to check out the county museum. It was closed even though we were there during open hours. We just can’t catch a break, can we?
We got back on 17 and the shoulder disappeared. Fortunately traffic seemed to be much thinner for most of the last 30 miles. Just about everyone could move to the passing lane to get around us. We made very good time today.
Since I didn’t know if the campground we were going to had water I suggested we stop and top off in McClellanville, which is a handful of miles before Buck Hall Recreational Area. But we didn’t realize we had passed the last gas station until a couple miles after we did do. We stopped at a school hoping we could find an outside faucet. As luck would have it the principal of the school was there. (Do principals ever get to go home?) She let us inside to fill up. Thank you, LaCarma McMillan, for helping us out.
Heading down the homestretch we quickly covered the last couple of miles. And were we ever thankful we filled up on water. A sign at the campground said there was a massive plumbing failure and there’s no running water, which means the bathrooms and showers aren’t working either. The gate to the campground was closed but we easily skirted around it on our bikes. A car behind us stopped at the gate and I imagine the occupants were wishing they had the luck of being a cyclist.
By the way, the sign didn’t say the campground was closed, only that there is no water. So we made ourselves at home and we have the entire campground to ourselves. We could have run around naked singing, “The hills are alive to the sound of music” and nobody would have noticed, except for a couple of passing boats and a helicopter. But the mosquitos were out in force so Naked Sound of Music is on hold for now. Probably permanently because the visual is disturbing even for me.
We enjoyed yet another dehydrated dinner and tucked in to read the news and write this blog. Tomorrow we have a short 34 miles to a hotel in Charleston where we will take two days off to explore the city.
Kathy – It was a cool 38 degrees starting our day of riding. The sun was shining and beautiful blue skies warmed my soul, and eventually my fingers and toes. The 53-mile ride was a mix of no shoulder (and riding in half of one traffic lane) and a nice shoulder. Lucky for us cars and trucks moved over to give us space. My opinion so far is, South Carolina roads are a mixed bag for cyclists.
The day was pretty uneventful. The ride was good as the temps rose to the low 60’s. After the past two days of strong headwinds holding us back, I was happy today for the slight tailwind to push us forward. Today was our third day of 50+ milers, and no pain or discomforts for us. We must be in ok shape to pedal those 75 & 95-pound bicycles around. 🚴♀️🦵🏼🦵🏼🚴♂️
Tomorrow is a simple 35-miler to a hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. I have heard it is a spectacular place to visit. We are excited to take a few days off riding and explore this city. I bought a dehydrated Turkey Dinner meal just in case we were out in some out-of-the-way campsite on Thanksgiving. It looks like I won’t need it tomorrow. Once we get to Charleston and get cleaned up hopefully we can find an open resturant to have a nice dinner. We miss our family and friends but all is well for us. We are thankful for so much this year. Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🍽🦃
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