NYC to Florida – Day 19


(picture: Rainbow Row, Charleston)

Date: 9 May 2011
Woke up in: Georgetown, South Carolina
Fell asleep in: Charleston, South Carolina
Miles ridden today: 67
Total miles ridden so far: 1,075
Weather: Getting hotter and hotter

After yesterday’s mammoth cycling efforts, the thought of getting on a bicycle again today was not an alluring one. The route couldn’t have been easier – we just had to hit the #17 highway and just keep on going until we arrived in Charleston, but every mile seemed hard won, even though it was a much shorter day than yesterday.

Exactly 30 miles in, and half way through the Francis Marian Forest, the very conveniently located Bulls Bay nature reserve provided us with a great picnic spot and some free entertainment, in the form of a morbidly obese Chocolate Labrador which had managed to wrest herself lose from her owner’s grasp. In the end my conscience got the better of me and I helped in her capture, but I suspect I would have helped the dog’s health more by letting her run free!

The approach into the very beautiful city of Charleston was excellent, riding through the wealthy-looking area of Mt Pleasant (home to the USS Yorktown, a WW2 carrier, which was also deployed during the Vietnam War) and on to the fantastic Ravenel Bridge. I hate to sound like a transport geek, but the pedestrian / cycling infrastructure on this bridge is very, very impressive. And while the ascent felt a bit too much like hard work on such a hot day, the mile long decent, moving at 25mph or so was a great way to finish up the ride.

Two days off the bikes and the bar beckoned…

About silkakt

I'm a map addict. I nip out in my lunch break to go to the National Map Centre, just around the corner from where I work, to feed my habit. My fix normally costs £7.99 and comes in the form of an OS map, although I'm a big fan of Sustrans cycle maps, the Trailblazer walking guides and maps of the world too. And once I've got my new map, I start plotting - routes, adventures and an escape away from the office that I spend too much time in. Maps, quite simply, make the world a better and more exciting place.
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