Today I felt a whole lot better than I did Monday! Good thing because I rode a little over 50 miles today.
There were still some ups and downs on the day, however. The great parts were:
The rough parts of the day:
Sitting around a table for breakfast, after I was finishing an unhealthy amount of complimentary waffles, biscuits and sausage gravy, all the old folks from their RVs piled in the room for breakfast also. The cook announced to everyone I was riding to Canada.
Everyone was in awe and asked me all sorts of questions about my ride. People had ideas for my safety and jokes about where I was going to ride, but all we’re happy to meet me and wished me the best of luck. It was a great start to the morning, and I left there later than I was planning to.
My ride was along US 17 pretty much all the way to Brunswick. There wasn’t much of a shoulder to ride on, but luckily the traffic was very light. About every minute a car would wiz past at [suppose to be] 55 mph. This shoulder was still larger than the sketchy construction site yesterday!
I stopped a couple miles short of my destination to grab a subway sub inside of a gas station. Filled up on the sub, ice water and a full phone charge. Met a guy in there that had to be pushing 80 telling me stories of when he walked the Appalachian Trail when he was in his 60s. I tell ya, all the old people in Georgia are just the best!
After settling into my primitive camp site, and being bugged by some big yellow flies that bite, I took my naked bicycle into town and ate (again) at sista’s kitchen which served a buffet of soul food. After I had more than enough fried chicken, okra, and corn bread, I biked over to Hop Soul Brewery. Man my spirit is filled with all this soul!
Hop Soul Brewery was also a buffet, but of beer! They have a self serve beer wall where you load a card with how ever much money you want on it ( I did $10 with a 20% discount) and it charges you by the ounce. It is a pretty cool idea, but takes away the interaction between the bartender (there is none) and the customer (me). Luckily this place is a pizzaria also which may take away from the awkwardness of individual people sitting in a booth drinking beer. This is a place to go to with friends or family, not solo.
Aside from that, their beer was pretty tasty, especially their double IPAs, and myself as a bartender pours pretty generously!