We spent a wonderful night Friday in Savannah, at Darlene’s good friend Silvia Heermann’s home. Thank you to Silvia, hostess extraordinaire, cat and dog lover, and professional pet sitter/ dog-walker who is an active member of the Gaston Gang, her neighborhood group of close friends.
|New RASR spokeswoman, Joy (Darlene's daughter)|
|Stopped for a shine at one of Ken's carwashes|
|Darlene and Silvia|
|Victory Dr in classic southern Savannah|
|Savannah neighborhood ride|
|Darlene, with new friend Shamal, riding his daughter's bike who was still in bed asleep|
|Bikes prohibited across the Savannah River on Rt 17, detour #1 on the day|
Finally we found the quiet roads again across sweeping lowcountry salt marsh, just in time to make our third state border crossing.
|Savannah Nat Wildlife Refuge|
|Wahoo! State #3!|
Route 17, the bike route alternate to Interstate 95 north, wandered along either side of I-95 and sometimes “merged” onto the interstate. This slowed progress and diverted Jane, driving the van, onto some lovely country roads heading toward the coast before rejoining 17 again. We had a great lunch at the Mexican restaurant Mi Tierrita in Hardeeville, SC including chips and salsa, fresh tortillas, and delicious guacamole and lemonade. Thanks Rebeca!
|Mi Tierrita owner Rebecca in Hardeeville, SC - best chips and salsa snack stop ever|
|Pink Primera with Pinky the fireworks elephant|
|Our gracious host Ron in Walterboro|
Today, our one rest day per week, we’ll clean and relube bikes, do laundry, catch up on communications and head to Charleston to meet friends and watch the DockDogs- dog diving competition. Monday morning we’ll head to Columbia to see Aunt Edna Barber, Jane’s aunt, and connect with the Columbia cycling and Safe Routes to School community.
|Finally, a day off. (Pig compliments of Darlene's friend Mindi.)|
We are excited for the future improvements in South Carolina cycling as the Colleton County High School Students have created a pedestrian and bicycle plan for Colleton County as part of an “Eat Smart, Move More” program. Avid cyclists, such as Ron Gorrell offer their expertise to local leaders to help with plans to add traffic calming, bike lanes and develop Rails to Trails on available, unused railroad right of ways. These changes will attract cyclists and pedestrians to increase business to local shops and businesses by both tourists and future residents.
Posted by Jane