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Update #12 - May 05th
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Year Total : 1,611.75 miles (2,578.80 km)



April 24 - T : La Grange (NW Titusville), Florida to Ortona (N Daytona Beach), Florida : 57.74 miles (92.38 km)
23.31 C 12.69 R
Trip Total : 1,057.75 miles (1,692.40 km)

Thirty-sixth day on tour.

Last night was an okay night at Dan's and Magaret's house. I slept for about 8.5 hrs. I did wake a couple of times during the night but I was able to fall back asleep till around 6 am. I got cleaned up, dressed, and packed up. Before having breakfast, I got Allison packed up. After some pictures were taken, I got on the road around 7:40 am. The sky was a little overcast but there wasn't any threat of rain today.

I rode north to Garden Street and rode passed the church. From the church, it was about a three mile ride where I got to the southern terminus of the Coast to Coast Trail (part of the East Coast Greenway). Before getting on the trail, I stopped at a gas station for a break. I rode the bike trail to Mims where I got on US 1. By noon, I had ridden a little over 26 miles. I stopped for a late lunch at a BK in Edgewater. Since it was early, I decided to go on to Daytona Beach. I set up a reservation at a motel.

The ride through New Smyrna Beach went okay. In Port Orange, I turned east on A1A. I rode across the first bridge onto the Port Orange Causeway and then I walked up to the top of the high bridge over the Indian River (Intercoastal Waterway) and then I coasted the rest of the way to the Atlantic Ocean. In Daytona Beach Shores, I turned north on A1A. On the way north, I switched from road riding to ride on the sidewalks because there wasn't any bike lane. I got to the hotel that I had a reservation around 5:40 pm.

My goal for tomorrow is St Augustine Beach. I'll have a 45 mile ride tomorrow.

April 25 - W : Ortona (N Daytona Beach), Florida to St Augustine, Florida : 57.14 miles (91.42 km)
24.31 C 12.69 R
Trip Total : 1,114.89 miles (1,783.82 km)

Thirty-seventh day on tour.

Last night was a pretty bad night. The curtain was too small to cover the window. There was also a ceiling mounted flourescent light right outside the window. The room didn't get dark. I had to locate my sleeping mask. I slept lightly because there was a lot of noise. There was a lot of loud yelling. Also, there were some loud banging of doors. There was one loud noise that sounded like a gun shot.

I woke up 5 am. I ate out of my food pannier. I had a really hard time getting Allison out of the door because the closure was really tight. I left the hotel a little before 8 am.

The ride north was a little tricky because there was no shoulder for about three miles. I did some sidewalk riding. Once passed Ormund Beach, A1A became a two lane highway. I did a lot of sidewalk riding. By noon, I was still able to ride about 20 miles. The wind was coming from the west - northwest.

Coming into Flagler Beach, I had to slow down because there was a wildfire. The wildfire was a controlled burn to burn up a lot of brush that was on a hill between the highway and the ocean. I stopped at a 7-11 in Flagler Beach to get something for lunch. Instead of getting back on A1A, I went west a block and rode local roads till I can get back on A1A in Beverly Beach. Once I got into Beverly Beach, I was to ride a shoulder along the highway. The ride was okay on the way to Marineland. There was some road construction on the bridge over the San Marcos River.

I stopped at a Wendy's in St Augustine Beach for a break and to get a takeout meal. From St Augustine Beach, it was a good ride into St Augustine. The ride through the historic area went okay. The hotel where I had a reservation was a mile north of where A1A turned right towards Vilano Beach.

Instead of backtracking the mile back to A1A, I'm going to head north on US 1 for about 14 miles and then turn east to get back on A1A at Ponte Vedra Beach.

April 26 - R : St Augustine, Florida to Atlantic Beach, Florida : 50.32 miles (80.51 km)
25.31 C 12.69 R
Trip Total : 1,165.21 miles (1,864.34 km)

Thirty-eighth day on tour.

The room was a lot better than what I had to deal with the night before. The room was at one end of the building. The room got dark and it was quiet. I got maybe 7.5 hrs of sleep.

I left the motel around 7:40 am. Instead of backtracking to A1A, I headed north on US 1. The ride was okay except for going through a two mile section of road construction. Overall, there was a decent shoulder to ride on. After cycling about 15 miles, I turned east on FL 210. I stopped at a gas station for a break.

The ride between US 1 to the St John's River - Intercoastal Bridge should have been an easy ride but it wasn't. The area was really developed. There was a new town called Norcossa with a lot of neighborhoods. There were new roads and the the road that I was cycling on became a restricted access parkway. I tried finding another way but I got lost in one of the neighborhoods. There was a nice bike path to follow but it was taking me in the wrong direction. I got on Google Maps to figure out where I was. By noon, I had ridden 23 miles. I got on the parkway for about 1.5 miles until I can get off the road into a shopping center. After taking a break at a Publix, I got on the road again. After about 1.5 miles more, the parkway became a two-lane highway (Palm Valley Road) and I walked halfway over the intercoastal bridge. Once I got across the bridge, I had about 4.5 miles of riding along Palm Valley Road through Palm Valley before getting on A1A. On A1A, I had a little over a four mile ride to Jacksonville Beach.

I had to stop in Jacksonville Beach to check out an interesting site. There was a large turtle up near the sidewalk. It was a female softshell turtle and it was using it's back legs to dig a hole to lay it's eggs. The turtle was about 30 inches long. It had a long neck, an elongated head with a long snorkel-noise. The dirt was being kicked about three feet from the hole. I stopped to take some pictures and a short video. The turtle didn't care that it was feet away from the busy road.

The ride through Jacksonville Beach to Atlantic Beach went okay. I got to the hotel where I had a reservation in Atlantic Beach around 5 pm.

From the hotel, I will have about a 3.5 mile ride to the Mayport Ferry. My goal tomorrow is Kingsland, GA. I'm 41 miles from the GA state line and 45 miles from Kingsland, GA.

April 27 - F : Atlantic Beach, Florida to Kingsland, Georgia : 54.79 miles (87.66 km)
26.31 C 12.69 R
Trip Total : 1,220.00 miles (1,952.00 km)

Thirty-ninth day on tour.

The room was okay. The room was a little cool because the heater element didn't work. I crawled into the covers. I woke up once to go to the restroom. Around 6:05 am, I got awoken by the alarm clock. There was a decent breakfast.

I left the motel around 7:40 am. The ride to the Mayport Ferry went okay after I rode passed the entrance to the naval base. I got to the ferry right before it left the dock. The ride across to the other side went okay. It only cost me $1.

Before heading north on A1A, I stopped at a gas station for a break. The ride to Amelia City went okay. I got the first 20 miles in by 10:45 am. Instead of taking A1A into downtown Fernadino Beach, I got on FL105A and rode passed the airport. I saw a parachutist in the air. I followed local roads back to A1A / FL 200. I stopped at a Taco Bell for some lunch. I had ridden a little over 26 miles. After lunch, it was a tricky 2.4 mile ride to the Amelia Island bridge because there was no shoulder to ride on. I had to stop and get close to the curb to wait for all of the traffic behind me to go passed me.

Once I got on the bridge, I walked up to the high part and then I coasted down but it was tricky because of all of the wood bark chips. After I got off the bridge, I hit a really long section of road construction where they were widening the highway. I got through the construction zone as safely as I could. The zone was about 1.5 miles long. I hit a section of okay highway and then I had to carefully get through another zone where they were getting ready to put in a new bridge.

I was really when I got into Yulee and turned North on US 17 because traffic was light. About 3/4 mile up US 17, a guy on a loaded bike passed me going the opposite direction but I couldn't get him to stop and talk. The ride to the St Marys River bridge went okay. I had ridden a little over 48 miles in Florida and 813.81 miles for the state.

I stopped to take pictures of the state signs. From the state sign, I had an okay ride to Kingsland. In Kingsland, I stopped at a Family Dollar to get a few things before I rode over to the hotel near the interstate where I had a reservation. Along the highway, I had to stop and take some pictures and a short movie of a group of ducks that were huddled together.

April 28 - SA : Kingsland, Georgia to Glynco (North Brunswich), Georgia : 47.43 miles (75.89 km)
27.31 C 12.69 R
Trip Total : 1,267.43 miles (2,027.89 km)

Fourtieth day on tour.

The room was okay. The room was a little cool because the heater element didn't work. I crawled into the covers. I woke up around 5:50 am. There was an okay breakfast.

I got on the road around 7:40 am. It was about a three mile ride to US 17. Along the way, this local guy was riding a bike on the road side of the road. Before we met, the guy was going to go into the traffic lane to pass me but I waved him off and I passed him. He cursed me when I exclaimed that he was riding on the wrong side of the road.

The ride north on US 17 went okay. Around 10 am, I got into woodbine. They were having their crawfish festival. The parade was going on down the main street so they had blocked off traffic. I watched the last half of the parade go passed. Once the police car got to the last spot in the parade, I started up. I was sort of in the parade. The parade turned into the park on the banks of the Saltillo River. I got through the parade and I was able to ride across the bridge over the Saltillo River. The southbound traffic was held t an intersection about a quarter mile from the bridge.

By noon, I got 23 miles in by noon. I stopped at a gas station in Waverly to take a rest and get some lunch. The afternoon ride to US 341 went okay. I stopped at a gas station for a break before making the ride across Blythe Island. I was able to ride across the first bridge. There was a lot more traffic so I walked across most of the second bridge. I found a lot of Road Manna.

Between US 341 and US 25, I took local roads to the hotel where I had a reservation for the night.



April 29 - SU : Glynco (North Brunswich), Georgia to Brunswick, Georgia : 10.47 miles (16.75 km)
27.57 C 13.43 R
Trip Total : 1,277.90 miles (2,044.64 km)

Fourty-first day on tour.

The room was okay. I tried really hard ignoring the large mirrors behind the bed. There were a few more issues with the room but I was able to fall asleep. I woke up around 6 am. There was an okay breakfast.

I left the hotel around 8 am. one of the lady guests slipped me $5 in a GH. The ride into the downtown area was a little long because I had to wait for a train.

I got to Redeemer Presbyterian Church about 9:15 am. During the Sunday school class, I was invited to share. The service was okay but the sermon was a little long. After the service, I got invited to have lunch with the pastor. The pastor slipped me $10 in a GH. I rode over to US 17 and got a room at one of the motels.

April 30 - M : Brunswick, Georgia to Richmond Hill, Georgia : 64.79 miles (103.66 km)
28.57 C 13.43 R
Trip Total : 1,342.69 miles (2,148.30 km)

Fourty-second day on tour.

The room was okay. I was pretty amazed that I took a three hour nap. I stayed awake till around 10:30 pm and then I fell asleep.

I woke up once during the night to go to the restroom and then I woke up around 6 am.

I got on the road around 7:40 am. The ride to Darien went okay. By noon, I had ridden about 23 miles.

In South Newport, I stopped to check out the smallest church in America. I took some pictures.

I stopped for a break at a gas station in Riceboro. I talked to a couple of guys. I was really surprised that one of the guys slipped me two $20.

From Riceboro, the ride to Richmond Hill went okay. In Richmond Hill, I stopped at a Wendys for a takeout before going to the motel where I had a reservation.

Instead of stopping in Port Wentworth tomorrow, I'm going to push on to South Carolina and stop in Beaufort tomorrow.

May 01 - T : Richmond Hill, Georgia to Port Royal, South Carolina : 68.59 miles (109.74 km)
29.57 C 13.43 R
Trip Total : 1,411.68 miles (2,258.05 km)

Fourty-third day on tour.

The motel was really bad. The owners were from India. I was hoping for a room up front but I got a room in back that was close to the interstate. Getting to the room was really tricky because there were large piles of desks, furniture, and other junk. The room was supposed to be handicap ascessible but there were a lot of furniture in the rooms. For some reason, there were three chairs. I couldn't use the air conditioner unit to be a sound dampener because something in it made the motor squeal really loud. Somebody up above me was knocking a golf ball around. It took a long time to try and fall asleep. I did wake up a couple of times.

I left the motel around 7:50 am. I rode US 17 North till GA 307. The ride along GA 307 went okay until I went passed I-10. I got into a lot of semi-truck traffic that was going to the ports. I turned off GA 307 onto OLd Louisiana Road that was Bike Route 95. For about three-quarters of a mile, the ride was really tricky because this was a two lane road with a lot of truck traffic. I got about 23 miles in by noon. I stopped at a Arbys for some lunch.

From the Arby's it was a little tricky getting on to GA 25 for the ride to Port Wentworth. There was a lot of semi-truck traffic till I got passed GA 307, which was the entrance to the ports. There was some shoulder to ride on through Port Wentworth. There was some truck traffic along the North Coastal Highway. I rode 29.84 miles in GA before I crossed into SC. From the state line, it was about a 4 mile ride to Alt US 17. The 2.6 mile ride to where SC 170 split off was really tricky because there a lot of fast moving traffic and no shoulder. I walked about a mile in the grass.

Once on SC 170, it was a tricky ride to SC 40 because there was little to no shoulder. Once passed SC 40, there was some shoulder to ride along. The ride along the highway to SC 802 went okay. I was able to ride along the long bridges. In Shell Point, I stopped at a McDs for some supper before riding the last three miles to the hotel where I had a reservation. I got to the hotel before it got dark. It was really nice that the desk clerk had my key waiting for me.

May 02 - W : Port Royal, South Carolina to Dupont Station, South Carolina : 65.48 miles (104.77 km)
30.57 C 13.43 R
Trip Total : 1,476.76 miles (2,362.82 km)

Fourty-fourth day on tour.

The motel was okay. I was able to get some rest during the night. Instead of going to the office to get some breakfast, I got some out of my food pannier.

I left the hotel around 7:40 am. For the ride through Port Royal and Beaufort, I rode sidewalks most of the way. For a couple of miles, I rode along the Spanish Moss bike path. I then got on the shoulder of US 21 for most of the ride to Garden Corner. I rode passed the US Naval Reserves Marine Air Station. In Lobeco, I rode sidewalk and in the median of the highway.

In Gardens Corner, I got back on US 17. I rode a bike path for about 1.5 miles. Between Gardens Corner and Jacksonboro, the shoulder went from 9 feet wide to about a foot wide. By noon, I got 23 miles. Along the way, I stopped at a couple of gas stations for breaks.

Once I crossed into Charleston County, the ride became really hard because there was no shoulder and a ridged white line. The pavement of the road was really rough so I was bouncing a lot. I rode my mirror. I had to ride, stop when a lot of traffic got behind me, wait for the traffic to go passed, and then I started up again. There were a couple of places where I rode long distances in the paved median in the middle of the highway. In Jacksonboro, I stopped at a gas station that had a Church's Chicken. I bought a box meal that had fried okra and french fries as sides.

I did some walking. In the Ravonel area, I had to stop and check out the front tire. I put some air into it. As I was inflating the tire, a deputy sheriff stopped by. The top of my flag must have pumped the wall of a building and it triggered an internal alarm. I turned my id card in to get checked out.

I got to a gas station in Rantowles right before dusk. I stopped to check out the front tire. There was a small piece of wire in the tire. I put in a new inner tube and got the tire inflated up to about 40 psi. A black guy with a pickup asked me if I needed any help. I asked him if he would take me the rest of the way to the motel where I had a reservation at in Dupont Station. When we got to the motel, I was quite surprised when the guy slipped me a GH of $20.

Tomorrrow, I am going to have a short ride through Charleston to Mt Pleasant.

May 03 - R : Dupont Station, South Carolina to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina : 11.08 miles (17.73 km)
30.85 C 14.15 R
Trip Total : 1,487.94 miles (2,380.54 km)

Fourty-fifth day on tour.

It was a rough night at the motel. There was a lot of road noise. I was hoping for a road up front but I got one in back. The onramp to I-526 was a couple of hundred feet away. Turning on the air conditioner unit didn't help much. I slept on my right side and it helped block out the noise. I woke up a couple of times to go to the restroom. I woke up a little before 5 am but I was able to fall back asleep to a little before 7 am.

I left the motel around 8:45 am. I was able to ride along side walks to Parkwood Estates. The sidewalks ended at the west end of the drawbridge over the Ashley River. The sidewalk was too narrow and the shoulder was too narrow to walk. I walked on the sidewalk and bent over to push Allison over the bridge. Traffic was light so I was able to ride over the rest of the bridge was I got passed the drawbridge section.

I took a zig-zag route through Charleston. I stopped at the Charleston Visitor Center to get a map. I got on Meeting Street to go North. I stopped at a gas station for a break. I sent a few texts and made a phone call. Before I headed out, this young guy came up to me strutting and asked me in this terrible English if I had any money. He told me that he needed $10. I told him that if he didn't leave me alone I would call 911. There was another white guy and the black guy started to bother him. I repeated my offer to call 911.

From the gas station, it was a short ride to the entrance of the bike trail over the Cooper River Bridge. There was a breeze so I woke up to the high part of th bridge. I stopped along the way to take quite a few pictures. Once I got passed the high part, I coasted down the rest of the bridge to Mt. Pleasant. I stopped at a gas station for a break. From the gas station, it was a short ride to the hotel where I had a reservation.

Tomorrow, I will be riding through the Francis Marion National Forest and stop in Georgetown for the night.

May 04 - F : Mount Pleasant, South Carolina to Georgetown, South Carolina : 63.48 miles (101.57 km)
31.85 C 14.15 R
Trip Total : 1,551.32 miles (2,482.11 km)

Fourty-sixth day on tour.

Last night was a lot better than the night before. The room was far away from any road so the room was quiet. In the afternoon, I took a couple of hour long nap. I don't remember having to get up and go to the bathroom during the night. I woke up a little after 6 am. I wasn't sure how much was going to be available for breakfast because the breakfast room was closed for remodeling. I grabbed something for breakfast out of my food pannier.

I left the hotel around 7:40 am. To avoid dealing with lots of traffic and no shoulder on US 17, I rode along a local road that had a sidewalk. I followed Mathis Ferry Road to it's end before getting on US 17. Along US 17, there was a sidewalk that went almost eight miles. I stopped to check out a couple of booths of sweet grass baskets. One lady told me that she has been making baskets for thirty years. A guy told me that he has been making baskets for sixty years. I stopped to watch one guy make a basket. He told me that he has been making baskets for almost thirty years. Inside his house, his ninety year old mother was making baskets.

The ride along US 17 went okay. There was a tailwind to push me along. By noon, I had ridden almost 24 miles.

The afternoon ride went okay until I got into Georgetown County. I finished up riding through the Frances Marion National Forest. Once I got across the North Santee River Bridge, the shoulder that I was riding along disappeared. What shoulder there was between the rumble strip and the edge of the road was pretty narrow. There was a dirt shoulder being graded. After about riding the shoulder four miles, the shoulder disappeared. For about six miles, I had to take my chances and ride close to the white line till I got into Georgetown where there was a sidewalk to ride along. Before getting to the hotel where I had a reservation, I stopped at a Hardees to get a take-out meal.

May 05 - SA : Georgetown, South Carolina to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina : 60.43 miles (96.69 km)
32.85 C 14.15
Trip Total : 1,611.75 miles (2,578.80 km)

Fourty-seventh day on tour.

Last night was a lot better than the night before. The room was pretty nice. I woke up after 6 am. There wasn't much of breakfast.

I left the hotel around 7:40 am. I took my time getting over the two bridges over the Santee Rivers. The shoulder was pretty narrow. About 5 miles North of the last bridge, I met up with a homeless guy with a dog walking south. I had stopped him to tell him about the bridges. The guy was holding up a magazine clip from a pistol. There were small bullets in the clip. He mentioned that he had found it and said something about the police. After he left, I got out my cell phone and called 911. The lady dispatcher mentioned that a deputy would come out and meet the homeless man.

About 20 minutes later, I stopped for a break at a gas station in the Pawleys Island area. There were several calls from strange phone numbers. I sent out a couple of texts back. I found out that the calls were from the Georgetown County Sheriff Department. I talked with a deputy and one of the sergeants. It turns out that the department was trying to find the magazine clip. A couple of days ago, a guy tried to shoot one of the deputies with the gun. The reason for the calls was that the homeless guy had thrown the magazine clip in the woods and they wanted me to give them some more details so they could try and find the magazine clip.

I got about 22 miles by noon. In Murrels Inlet, the highway through town was blocked at the Methodist Church because there was a festival. I didn't stay long. I bought some cookies at a bake sale booth. In Surfide Beach, I stopped at a McDonalds for some lunch.

The ride into Myrtle Beach went okay. Traffic was a lot light on Ocean Boulevard. There were a lot of people in the amusement area of the city. When I got back on Bus US 17, I rode the sidewalk when there was one. Once I got passed Atlantic Beach, I was able to get back on Ocean Boulevard. I got to my friend's condo about a half hour before dusk.





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