After one amazing first week and another great second week, Adam and I have given up on our epic bicycle touring experiment. We hoped that the East Coast Greenway would take us mostly safely from North Carolina to Florida, but, unfortunately, in between some of the nice back roads and trails, we hit a really terrible stretch for bikes on the road between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina.
The particular road that ended my trip was the stretch of US Highway 17 between Pawley’s Island and Georgetown. We rode on about 18 inches of shoulder next to a two lane, 60 mph highway. Sometimes the shoulder was overgrown with grass and trees. The worst part was a small two lane bridge leading into the city. Here, there was 12 inches of debris-covered shoulder and another generous 18 inches of slightly raised sidewalk. The railing over the river was more of a guard rail, about knee height and well below our center of mass. Continue reading Even Good Bike Trips Come to An End