Beaufort to Charleston, SC

Emerging from our camp site in the afternoon

Dallas and I intended to leave our campsite early, but it was almost noon when I woke up.  Dallas is going to have to start being more forceful when trying to wake me up, I guess.  I sleep like a rock.

We packed up and made our way back onto the route to Charleston shortly after noon.  There was absolutely nowhere to stop until about 23 miles in, where we pulled into a gas station to refill our water bottles, use the restroom and eat lunch.  After devouring almost an entire package of Ritz crackers with two small cans of salmon, a bag of peanut m&m’s, an oatmeal raisin cookie and a Snickers ice-cream bar, we got back on our bikes for another 16 miles before stopping for one last snack break at a school.

Tiny frog along one of the trails we rode down

The roads today were diverse.  When we weren’t on the busy main road, we were on back roads that were mostly unpaved and ranged from packed dirt to grass to sand to gravel.  One road involved crossing under a few gates and passing a No Trespassing sign, and then hopping over another gate on the other end.  While the unpaved roads slowed us down a lot, riding on them was superior to riding amongst the fast-moving weekend traffic.

Our warm showers host, Charles, lives on Charlestowne Road in Charleston.  He greeted us outside when we arrived and told us to make ourselves at home.  After showering, we went downstairs and Charles showed us around the city.  We had some tasty Korean food for dinner, and Dallas and I walked from the house to TCBY for frozen yogurt after we returned from our tour.

About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

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