David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
Okefenokee 2002
Anza-Borrego 2003
Texas 2003
Road Trip West 2003
Sequoia National Park 2004
Hiking Florida 2005
Nomadic 2005
Bicycle Trip 2009
02/08  Sumpter National Forest
02/09  Newberry, South Carolina, Sir
02/10  Brute force; then optimize
02/11  Ninety Six
02/12  Aiken, SC
02/13  Through Columbia, South Carolina
02/14  It's not so much the cold but the gosh dern humidity
02/15  Whooeee yaa ha ha ha ha c'mon gul
02/16  Isle of Palms
02/16  Whooeee yaa ha ha ha ha c'mon gul
02/17  Another day at the office
02/17  Isle of Palms
02/18  Another day at the office
02/18  Gear, part 1
02/20  Cold day colder night
02/21  Truly in "The South"
02/22  Rain, wind and hills
02/23  Gear, part 2
02/25  I lost my pants
02/27  Eighty-mile week
02/28  Montezuma
03/01  Snow day
03/02  Calico cats and pumpkins
03/03  Ashburn
03/04  Mosquitoes!
03/05  So what's up with those shoes?
03/06  Would you like rotten bacon with that?
03/07  Claim your lane
03/09  I talk a lot
03/10  Ocala National Forest
03/13  Trespassing Again
03/14  Burned
03/16  urban jungle
03/17  Withdrawal
03/19  Ping, clack, tink be gone
03/20  Everglades National Park
03/21  I walked this?
03/22  "Just like a plane."
03/23  Technical difficulties
03/26  Nothing is simple
03/27  Oranges for miles and miles
03/28  First Century
03/29  Withlacoochee I barely knew you
03/30  Cedar Key
03/31  Feral Cat Capitol
04/04  Cramping my style
04/08  Still in Cedar Key
04/10  Going again
04/11  Stop poking me
04/12  Back roads rule
04/15  What time is it?
04/16  Another day in AlaBAMa
04/17  All you guys look the same to me
04/18  (pictures)
04/19  Feedback
04/22  Wanna see our shrimp?
04/23  What goes down must go up
04/24  One of these customers is not like the others
04/25  Have a safe ride
04/26  Broad shoulders
04/29  Observe that the tower is closed
05/02  Rain rain don't bother going away now
05/03  Water water everywhere and I'm not even thirsty
05/04  Training
05/05  Life aboard the Texas Eagle
05/06  But it's a dry heat
05/14  The end is nigh
05/15  Six mile walk
05/16  Home on the farm
Bicycle Trip 2010
Nomadic 2010
Little Bicycle Trip 2011
Wisconsin Bicycle Trip 2011
Bicycle Trip 2011
Nomadic 2011
Kayak Trip 2012
Nomadic 2012
Liverworks Productions
Nomadic 2013
Liverworks Productions
Texas Pig Hunting
Bicycle Trip 2014
Bicycle Trip 2015
Biking West 2015
Chickens and Pheasants 2016
Biking About 2016
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

Sumpter National Forest


I know what you're thinking: It's about freakin' time. How many years has it been?

So I left Wisconsin yesterday in a rental car and ended up in Greensville, South Carolina this morning. I unloaded my bike, turned in the car, and hit the road.

I was a little apprehensive about starting my trip in Greensville as it was by and large an arbitrary location. But a pleasant surprise awaited me. The weather was nice (70s!). The route, though mostly flowing hills, trended toward downhill. A light tail wind pushed me along.

And the people here are very kind. Folks in cars gave me plenty of space. Just about everybody outside waved and said hello. The kids are even well behaved. One called off a german shepherd that was chasing me. Another, after being instructed by his father to flip me the bird, did exactly that with no hesitation.

There is no green grass here yet, and none of the trees have leaves on them. Oddly enough there are mosquitoes. Even so, it's definitely an upgrade from the snow snow snow I experienced all winter in New York and Wisconsin.

As I peddled my way through South Carolina I was struck by the multitude of derelict and abandoned houses. Eventually it occurred to me that I should take a picture of one. Not too much later a beautiful specimen appeared. Very derelict and very abandoned. But just as I was about to stop and snap off a few pictures I realized, no, that house is occupied. My mistake.

I doubt if I even covered fifty miles today. But that's okay. I'm totally weak and should take it slow. I know I went at least slow enough for a big black dog to run along side for better than two miles.

I set up camp in Sumter National Forest. Route maps are coming.

I intend to sleep good tonight.

In Sumter National Forest

Local Architecture

Abandoned House

Run black dog run

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