Today was a free day with no biking. We were able to spend the majority of the day in Charleston before shuttling back to Folly Beach. We walked around the historic district and did a bit of shopping. Charleston was founded in 1670 and is the oldest city in South Carolina. The first shots of the Civil War were fired in 1861 by the Citadel cadets, who opened fire on a Union ship entering Charleston’s harbor. The city was also the site of the first submarine warfare in 1863. In 1886 Charleston was nearly destroyed by a major earthquake. Today Charleston is one of the most complete historic districts in the country, with more than 1,400 historically significant buildings.
We ate lunch at the Charleston Crab Company. We had “She Crab Soup” which is a local specialty. It’s a rich soup made with Atlantic blue crab meat and crab roe. We also had some buffalo spiced fried oysters. About 3:00, the group shuttled back to The Tides Hotel in Folly Beach. Debbie and I walked on the beach for about an hour. We went to the hotel bar and met the group for happy hour after our walk. We were on our own for dinner tonight, but decided to go as a group to a place recommended by the hotel staff. It was called Loggerhead’s Beach Grill and was only a short walk down the street. They had pretty good food and a good selection of beers. Debbie corrupted Allen by encouraging him to drink more than he would normally have. Allen helped Joe and Chan (owners of Vacation Bicycling) on this trip by riding sweep and driving the SAG vehicle at times. He’s a great guy and Debbie took advantage of his good nature. The bartender started serving us in plastic cups after awhile……..apparently he didn’t think it was safe to give us real glasses.