Saturday, August 31, 2013
I was up and out on the road at 7:10 with my old saddle on the bike. It was very foggy but with good enough visibility that I thought OK to ride. I only ride with iridescent yellow jersey which are much easier to see especially in low visibility. My goal was to get in a good morning before the heat. With the fog the water was accumulating on me, the bike, and particularly the glasses. Not sure what I saw in the morning but most of the sights were not to interesting, just miles of back roads and some stretches of highway that were not to bad. Passing through Waterboro I was talking to Michele on the phone and missed a turn which added a couple of miles, oh well just keep riding, in the correct direction. A 10:00 Am lunch was followed by a 1:30 lunch and I was at 60 miles. In Ridgeville I found a good sub shop and put my feet up with a tuna sub. No surprise to those who know me. Pulled into Monck's Corner at 5:00 and am now at a laundromat washing bike clothing. It is extremely important to keep these clothes clean to prevent problems. Wearing bike shorts for 10 is an incubator! Every day I pass by numerous churches of all denominations. Well not many of our New England church denominations. They are always very neat and mostly along the back roads with little around. I always wonder how large the congregation is and I enjoy their scripture note on the marquis. Very comforting to see and read. My saddle seems to be winning and the armadillos are still loosing. Below is a ,picture of the typical back road country stores I've been stopping at and an idea for lawn decorations.
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Another 7:15 start with cloudy weather and it stayed cloudy all morning which is nice. Once the sun came out it was again hot. Leaving Statesboro was not fun as it was a 2 lane simi busy road with a scarfed white side line and small shoulder on the outside of the line. So I spent most of the time on the very narrow shoulder which requires a lot of concentration. Going over the scarf is jarring and actually nocked my phone off twice into the grass. I have it handle bar mounted. I also found that I was not properly latching the phone in place so now that is fixed. The ride finally got to very uninteresting back roads with few places to stop. I did pass a corner peanut stand with 8 people hand picking the peanuts off the plants and selling them. I crossed the Savannah river about noon into South Carolina. A pretty river but in a severe flood stage with all the woods around it flooded. So far SC feels different than Georgia, probably because I have not had the opportunity to talk to many people. I did eat lunch a Brenda's a small convenience store in Robertville SC. This is a place that my friends Jim and Mary stopped at on their last year Atlantic Coast ride, unfortunately Brenda was not there. Michele had shipped my other saddle yesterday to a KOA Campground at South Point and I picked it up and checked into a motel. It was a very nice campground and the owners are great! I will try the different saddle tomorrow to see if it releaves some pain. The ride tomorrow is 85 miles. Legs are tired tonight, I have been biking today in a higher gear with lower cadence, it seemed to help the saddle problem. So as I've been peddling through the south Michele has had a very busy week at the Inn and hosts Middlebury College parents this weekend as they bring in their new freshman! Always an exciting fun weekend! Tomorrow to Monks Corner SC.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Well camping out was not to bad, just lacks a good bed so sleep was a little rough. I have a 1 man tent that holds all my gear and weighs about 2.5 pounds, sleeping bag less than a pound and pad less than a pound. They pack small and I carry all the camp gear, tools and any food in the front panniers. The rear panniers, one is for bike clothing other is for off bike clothing with miscellaneous stuff in each.
I am communicating with a helmut mounted blue tooth which makes it so I can talk on the phone or ask Siri for help while riding. The speakers do not interfere with the road noises around me so they are safe. Ride today was short and I arrived early afternoon which gave me some time to take care of some great issues and rest. The heat, 95 was really noticeable today and even with the short ride took a toll. Forecast is not as hot and I'm riding north. Michele is shipping me my old saddle as the new one is causing problems and winning the battle. I've ridden almost 600 miles on the new one, it has been fit tested for me yet is tearing me up. Well see how the old one feels. Other than that my body has no complaints. Some thoughts; for $6.00 you can get enough breakfasts to feed 3 people, portions are large! Armadillos don't do we'll crossing roads. You need to have a taste for boiled peanuts. While in GA I am a GA Bulldog fan, favorite food is pecans and peaches. I'll see what I am in SC. For Ms Cronin's fabulous first grade class; I have not seen any bears or cheetahs but I have seen three very large snakes. I like bears much better.
I am blogging on an iPad which gives me few options and I'm struggling with loading pictures where I want the. Any suggestions are appreciated!
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
As the owner of the Swift House Inn, I do not get many free days but I do get the opportunity to have some great adventures, thanks to Michele. When I leave the Inn she has much more to do along with her own busy days! So I am starting the blog by thanking her for allowing me to bike.
I will be embarking on a solo ride from Jacksonville FL, home to Middlebury, a total of over 1700 miles on the Adventure Cycling Atlantic Coast route. I will break off the route in Massachusetts and head north through Vermont. I'm asked why and why alone. Why not, I like to bike and these rides are a great physical, and mental challenge. Not really fun but you learn a lot about yourself, have to push yourself and get to eat a lot! I'd much rather ride with a friend as it can be lonely, but again you learn and meet many people on a solo ride.
Today in Jacksonville I visited my Grand Daughters kindergarten and first grade classes and talked to the class about the ride. They had fabulous questions; where do you go to the bathroom, how big is you tent, have you ever seen a bear, a cheetah, and many other fun ones, great imaginations.
The ride will mostly be through country roads, avoiding highways ( well mostly), small towns and some cities such as Washington. Most riding meals will be out of convenience stores and hopefully at night a restaurant. I will be staying in some motels, camping and staying with friends and family who are close to the route.
So if you have a chance follow along, as I'm sure that there will be many interesting and funny things to blog about. Comment on the blog, ask questions and send me an e mail. I will try to keep up with the information but time off the bike is almost as busy as on the bike, recovering and getting ready for the next day. Thanks for your interest. Dan
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