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Green Pond

Hank – I don’t have much to tell today. We rode 37 miles on US Highway 17 and stopped in Green Pond. I don’t think it’s an incorporated town. We’re expecting thunderstorms tomorrow morning and we wanted to ensure a short ride tomorrow to the KOA campground so we wouldn’t spend a lot of time in the rain. So we have 24 miles to knock out tomorrow and 29 miles on Tuesday. On Tuesday we meet Kathy’s friend Diane at the Dairy Queen in Hardeeville. (Just following instructions.) From there Diane and her brother and sister-in-law give us a ride to their place.

When we arrived at Green Pond we asked the young lady behind the counter if she knew of a place we could pitch our tent for the night. She doesn’t live here so she pointed us to a gentleman in the back of the store.

Asbury Burgess listened to our request and story. He pointed us to the old store nearby and told us to camp there. He knows the store owner and Asbury says he won’t mind. We thanked him very much.

The ground was soft and muddy so we camped on the cement slab. It’s a baby wipe bath night.

Kathy – Our 37-mile ride today was pretty uneventful. It was a beautiful sunny blue sky kind of day. Temps were in the mid 60’s so we quickly removed our layers of jackets from the morning start. We are limited on campsites this section of our trip but thanks to Asbury allowing us to tent at the old store all is well.

It was kind of a bland ride today with mainly just trees, traffic and dead animals to look at. We saw and smelled lots of dead animals on the side of the road. Spent a lot of time dodging them too. Yep, raccoons, possums, turkeys, many different types of birds…but we also saw our first dead beaver and armadillo on the roadside today.

We did have to navigate our bikes carefully at times today to avoid hitting any of these dead animals. I’ve only ran over a few dead animals since we started our trip and I can tell you it is pretty disgusting. I avoid it if at all possible. Thankful for no mishaps today. I did get to smell a pretty ripe dead raccoon on the side of the road. We stopped for a break on a side area from the main road. We went down the road a little bit so we didn’t notice the dead raccoon until it was time to leave. We had to wait about two minutes for traffic to clear before we could start riding on the main road again. Every car that passed blew that dead raccoon smelly funk right into my air space. Pretty gross! Gosh, the things you see, smell and think about while you are riding a bike for hours!

On a better note, the trees are starting to show their fall colors here in South Carolina. Very pretty. Happy we are getting South before it is too cold for us. I also planted my South Carolina flower seeds today (one pack of flowers planted in each state we visit). I found a nice little area off the main road where someone lived. Hopefully the will be pleasantly surprised when they start blooming.

Well, that’s enough writing for today. It’s time for dinner and I’m having Thanksgiving leftovers like many of you two days after the big feast. Since I had a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner at a restaurant in Charleston, I never used my dehydrated Turkey Dinner meal. Well, tonight I’m going for it. So enjoy your Sunday football games and leftovers. I will do the same…well, dehydrated dinner and frequent checking of the football scores.

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