Charleston, South Carolina: 3-24-13

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Today we had to be up early and have our luggage and bikes loaded by 7:00am.  It was chilly and raining…….not the best biking weather.  We were shuttled about an hour and a half southwest of Folly Beach to Beaufort, SC.  Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island, in the heart of the Sea Islands and Lowcountry.  The city was chartered in 1711, and is the second-oldest city in South Carolina.  It’s renowned for preservation of its antebellum architecture.  The city is also known for its military establishments, belong located in close proximity to Paris Island, a U.S. Naval Hospital, and home of the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.  The hotel where we will be staying tonight provided breakfast for us.  It was still raining after breakfast.  Everyone was reluctant to ride in the rain, so we hung out for a bit in a large room the hotel had prepared for us.  At 11:00am the majority of the group walked to a nearby bar and restaurant called Luther’s.  We drank beer and visited until the rain let up.  We finally started our ride about 1:00pm.  We rode to the Hunting Island State Park which was about 17 miles out of town.  About halfway into the ride Debbie had a flat tire along with four other people in our group.  Of course she had neglected to bring a spare tube, tire tools or a pump.  I provided her with the needed supplies and we were back underway shortly.  Hunting Island State Park is one of the most popular parks in the state, attracting over a million visitors each year.  Due to beach erosion, the lighthouse was moved a mile from its original location in 1889.  In 1993, most of the Vietnam scenes in Forrest Gump were filmed on Hunting Island and neighboring Fripp Island.  We sagged back to the hotel, showered and all went to dinner at a restaurant called Plum’s.  We had fresh oysters on the half shell for an appetizer and they were delicious.  I tried them a long time ago and didn’t like them……guess it makes a difference on how fresh they are.


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