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 love to explore countries on foot or by bicycle. An English woman, I moved to the south of Spain in September 2020 and I have dreams of encouraging more people to discover this amazing country by walking its various Camino routes. To date, I've walked the French Camino from St Jean in France, the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon (interior route, not coastal) and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo. I have also walked a fair few long distance trails in the UK, including all of the National Trails in England and Wales, and a couple of long walks in beautiful Scotland.
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