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Bicycle Trip 1999
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Texas 2003
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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
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Liverworks Productions
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Cold day colder night

2009-02-20

There was no update yesterday because yesterday was boring.

Today: it took me all morning, but I finally built up enough thrust to break free from Charleston's gravitational pull. Doing so required the crossing of Ravenel bridge. Take a look at the picture. It is much bigger than it appears. Fortunately, there is a pedestrian/bike path hanging off its side. Unfortunately, there were several dozen teenagers on the path. These kids had the spatial awareness and reaction time of woolly bears, but they danced around like monkeys. It was treacherous.

I also visited Angel Oak. Take a look at the picture. It is also bigger than it appears. Apparently, this is the largest tree on the east coast. Maybe not the tallest, but definitely a thick spidery thing.

I spent altogether too much time today on busy roads. In an effort to avoid this, I followed Old Jacksonboro Road. This route started off nice enough with very little traffic. Eventually it began oscillating between pavement and sand. Then I was forced to climb over a gate to continue. Near the end the road was barely a pair of tire tracks through a swamp. But at least there were no big trucks.

If I were smart I'd still be hiding out in a hotel. We all know better, though. It never broke 50 degrees today. On my last check it was supposed to drop down to around 25 tonight. In setting up camp near Ritter, SC I deviated slightly from my usual routine in preparation for the cold. I set my hammock up low so that I'm basically laying in the ground. I also donned all of my layers. Now it's just a matter of seeing how much I suffer.

Morning update: I slept good until about midnight at which point I realized that my "tent" was collecting too much condensation and my sleeping bag was slowly becoming soaked. So I rolled out of the tent and spent the rest of the night laying on the ground, which was colder but drier. All told my sleeping bag held up like a champ. My thermometer showed 23 degrees when it finally got light out. This explains my frozen water bottles.

Also, about a thousand ducks just flew over heading north. That's a good sign, right?

Ravenel bridge


Angel Oak


Angel Oak's trunk


Ace Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve

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