Bumpity, Bump, Bump Bump

Ouch!

I really don’t like those little grooves on the side of the roads! I was on a road, riding downhill between the grooves and the grass when one of the trailer wheels caught on the grass and bounced a little bit into the grooves. Then it swerved back over to the grass, then back to the grooves and long story short, I was fish tailing at a fast speed and couldn’t slow down fast enough and ended up sliding down the pavement for a few feet.

I’m glad I have extra jeans to wear because i’m singing that tune “I’ve got a couple dents in my fender, a couple of rips in my jeans”…..

I slid on the one saddle bags enough that its ripped almost to the bottom and my hitch broke. I would have gotten a couple more photos, but my battery wouldn’t charge all day yesterday.

I wasn’t exactly sure where I was so I just kept going down the road. When I found a gas station, I put a couple of straps around my saddle bag to hold it together and zip ties around the hitch to keep it from coming completely apart. I needed to find a welder that could help me out.

I made it to Cottageville, SC by the end of the day. I walked a lot because my knee was a bit sore and my hand and shoulder hurt. I think the dirt is ground into my hand because I’ve washed it several times and it doesn’t seem to want to come out.

There isn’t much here, a couple of gas stations, a Dollar General and a Family Dollar, A police station/town hall/library, a park and a few churches. Its mostly a residential area. The people seem to be very nice and I have found their “old fart club” at one of the gas stations this morning.

One of them boasted that this is where they solved all the worlds problems and I said oh yea? You haven’t solved mine! I need a free welder, lol. I was mostly joking even though it was true. And he pointed at another guy at the table and said right there.

His name is Danny Lee Reeves.

He was happy to help me out.

I will be sewing my saddle bag as soon as I leave the library. I’m not the best seamstress, but I think I can sew it enough to keep everything in it. I learned to double stitch so it stays together.

While in Summerville, I almost got hit by an owl swooping down after a rat.

I wish this phone got better night shots, but at least I was able to get some kind of picture of it.

And the frog. He sat next to me last night eating little bugs and mosquitoes. I think frogs can be pretty cool even though they are pretty ugly in a very cute way.

And one place called Goose Creek had a private community that had a cute pavilion and kids playhouse.

Other than that, it really was a beautiful ride through the last couple of towns. There were lakes on both side scatter all through the woods, lots of shade and until I crossed the county line there was a decent sized road shoulder/sidewalk.

One of the guys in the old fart club suggested I take hwy 21 rather than 17A saying it would be less busy. I will look at the map today and decide.

Next stop will be Walterboro.

That’s all for now.

Todays Tidbit:

For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. James 3:2

Cotton Pick’n Time

Hemingway, 4 miles south of Johnsonville, was a fairly small town, but they had a few stores and restaurants. I only stayed long enough to get breakfast then headed off.

I went through a lot of little towns down this road (hwy 261) The next little town was Stuckey.

Stuckey was definitely not what I would call a town. There was the tractor dealer and a furniture store here, but nothing else. I was hoping that Indiantown would at least have a gas station, but it only had two closed schools and a church.

I sat on a shady step in back of the church so I could have lunch and rest for a minute. I met Hazel here. We talked for a bit and I honestly wish I had more time to talk with her, but I wasn’t sure when I would be finding someplace to sleep.

She was a sweetheart and she was concerned for the area, asking me to pray for the Community leaders to gain some common sense and that God breath new life into the area. I told her I would pass the request on, but I was concerned it might be too little, too late.

I kept on down the road … cotton field after cotton field. Its amazing that some how someone had the idea to turn this little cotton boll into clothes to wear.

For anyone interested, squatting is still legal in South Carolina. These houses are standing empty. A little bit of fix me up work and they would probably make a great place to live.

An interesting sign that I didn’t know what was for until I got close up to it.

Yes, they actually tell you that there are little groves on the side of the road. The road also had a large enough shoulder that I could ride in between the grooves and the grass. Still a very pretty ride.

Along the way I found these fruits hanging in the trees all over place. I picked on and will look it up to see what it is. I think maybe I should cut it open to see what it looks like inside. It could just be a seed pod. When I flicked it with my finger it almost sounded hollow.

I stayed the night in Kingstree and headed off early in the morning. My plan was to stop in St Stephen for the night and check on camping areas the next day. There are about 6 campgrounds in this area and I hadn’t chosen one yet.

Unfortunately while I was looking for a restroom a police officer approached me and asked what I was doing. Apparently someone had called thinking I was breaking into the place. Time for me to leave, I am not going to spend my night looking over my shoulder in a town that doesn’t like strangers.

I headed off down the road knowing it was about 15 miles to the next town and it was already getting dark. about 6 miles down the road, I came into a dinky little place called Bonneau. I stayed there for the rest of the night and headed out early the next morning.

And I made it to Moncks Corner. Or so I thought. It wasn’t until I went over the bridge and realized I had come out of the twilight zone back into civilization.

There are stores here! There are fast food restaurants, pancakes houses and all kinds of stuff. Wow, what a difference from the fields on the other side of the bridge.

It took me most of the day to upload the photos so I went to a park and decided to finish posting today. And guess what happened when I was at the park.

Yep, a cop approached me and asked me for my ID. I immediately went on the defensive and asked if there was a problem. No I wasn’t being very nice about it either and when she asked how long I planned on staying, I said, I guess I’ll be leaving if your here to run me off.

She said she just wanted to be sure I was ok and see if I needed anything. I apologized and told her what had happened to me in St. Stephen. She said no one would bother me while I was here.

And then I got covered in love bugs. There were all over everything and were getting in my shirt! I am so glad those critters don’t bite. But they helped lighten my mood and get my mind on other things.

And that is where I am now- Moncks Corner, SC. I will plan the next leg of my journey today and head out probably tomorrow unless something comes up to change my plans.

I hope this posts ok. I’ve had to retype it a couple of times because the internet here comes and goes and I loose stuff.

That’s all for now.

Today’s Tidbit: “Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain” – Henry Ford

Rest is a Great Thing!

What a grueling couple of days it has been, but I can honestly say that yesterday was awesome. On the road with no stress, no worries, no troubles (except for the hills, lol) and trucks and cars passing by with no horns blaring. Just taking my time, enjoying the nature around.

After I posted my last post I was asked about when I was going to leave. Everyone kept wanting me to stay another week. I had not been told that I was supposed to only stay a couple of days. I took it as a hint that it was time to move on and hit the road the next morning.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to really plan out my route, but only had a general idea of where I was going. I decided not to head back to North Myrtle Beach and took a completely different route instead. The first part was hard, like being on Hwy 17, the road had no shoulder, with the little ridges along the white line, and a cracked and caving roadway. I didn’t make it very far, only about 8 miles.

If I had kept on that route the next day I would have had about 20 miles to get to Conway, SC. But I honestly didn’t feel like dealing with those conditions, so I decided to take a different route. A few swampy areas, but mostly just miles and miles of farmland.

Cotton fields for the most part and some look like they are ready to harvest. Though the road had no shoulder, it also had pretty much no traffic! Unfortunately, it also had no towns, no place I could set up a tent for the night, no place to stop and rest, just miles and miles of farmland.

I finally ran across a church in the middle of the farmland and it looked like they were getting ready to have a service. I decided maybe it would be good for me to ask if I could borrow their doorstep for the night. What came next was a complete surprise.

One of the women said the pastor wasn’t there, but one of the deacons might be able to help. Then some guy came up and ran me off saying I wasn’t welcome there and they don’t help people like me.

When the heads away, the body goes astray… I will be sending the pastor a letter about the incident. My concern now was to find someplace to sleep before it got dark…. okay maybe before it got light again, lol. I lit up my bike as best as I could when the sun disappeared. I walked rather than rode. I’m glad there wasn’t much traffic. I must have walked about 10 miles. The roadway changed and guess what! This one had a wide shoulder on one side! I finally found a bench to sit on about 11:30 and fell asleep.

I woke up about 3am and decided to go ahead and get on the road. The wide shoulder would allow me to travel safely in the dark so I wasn’t too concerned. For whatever reason the shoulder switched sides every couple of miles and then stopped and I was back walking on the road again. At that time of morning it wasn’t a big deal. Most sane people are still sleeping or just starting to wake up to head off to work.

I found a small breakfast cafe to stop at until daylight. They had some pretty good food too. The name of the place was odd “Park & Blow Handi Mart”. I wasn’t going to ask how they came up with that. I was happy to sit until the sun came up.

What a beautiful ride it turned out to be. Just taking my time, enjoying nature as I rode along. The cars and trucks were steady, but they didn’t seem to mind going around me.

I found a boat ramp that wasn’t on Google maps.

I asked a guy that was putting his boat out and he said its only been there for about a year. I rested here then decided to make my way into town. I will be here for today and will decide in the morning if I will stay one more day or head out. It has been in the 50’s the last two nights, so I am thinking about heading south.

Oops, I haven’t told you where I am yet. Well, I am in a place called Johnsonville, SC. There isn’t much here, but they do have a McDonalds. It’s not quite big enough yet for Walmart to move in and the Fred’s store is closing up.

Now, I am off to write a letter to a pastor of a very nasty church…. well at least one person there is nasty, but those first impressions can leave a bad taste in your mouth…. and since I didn’t have the opportunity to meet anyone else… I’ll post the letter once its finished.

Which brings me to todays tidbit:

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2

Still in Tabor City

I have a feeling they don’t get many visitors here because they keep asking me to stay a few more days. I don’t mind staying a few extra days because I really needed to sit still and not have my bike and trailer attached to me for at least a couple of days.

I’ll admit it is taking some getting used to, leaving my bike at the tent and walking down the street. While at the library, I will think, I’ll just run outside and have some lunch real quick, then realize I don’t have my bike with me.

I took a couple of pictures of downtown Tabor City. There isn’t much to say about it, except its a city that is in transition. They want to keep downtown as a historic district and build new all around it.

I went to breakfast at Mama’s restaurant the day I took these photos. It wasn’t too bad, but I wouldn’t be able to afford to eat there often.

There were a couple of beautiful sunrises, one foggy one clear.

The weekend brought many fishers out and I heard there were lots of speckled perch, brim and a few bass caught.

There is a group of old men that sit around in front of the bait shop each day and just talk about stuff. Other than that life here is very slow and quiet.

My newest visitor is a daddy long legs.

He sat there in that same spot for a few days, but it appears he has gone away now. The only visitors I had last night were ants. They were aggrevating! I finally found what it was they were after – a box of raisins.

The featured image is a thank you that I made for Aaron. Something simple, but cute. I had a lot of trouble making it because my saw blade seemed dull, my x-acto blade seemed dull, I was out of sanding paper and my Dremel battery died. But I think it came out ok.

Not very much exciting to say, I know. But that is pretty much how it is here. Most everyone here goes to Myrtle Beach for their excitement and to Whiteville to do their shopping.

That’s all for now.

Today’s tidbit: It is okay to SMILE!

Light Show, Lake Tabor

I haven’t been doing very much except relaxing. Oh drat! I forgot to get a photo of my newest wood project. I’ll get it later, but for now, I hope you enjoy the photos of the light show.

This was a beautiful display of heat lightening that lasted several hours. Not one single roar of thunder, just flash, flash, super flash! It was awesome to watch.

The lake was covered in a thick blanket of fog the next morning.

It turned out to be a beautiful day. Warm and comfortable in the shade. Coffee next to the lake side and just a very relaxing time.

I woke up the next day with this little frog and cicada on the mesh of the tent. I wasn’t sure if the frog was thinking about eating the bug or not as it was almost the same size, lol. I also ran across this walking stick on top of a walking stick on my way down to the lake. It was still a foggy start, but not the thickness as yesterday.

I spent the day making a gift for Aaron, the guy that runs the place, as a thank you for allowing me to put my tent up near the woods. It really has been wonderful to be able to just relax for a few days. I’ll get a picture to post later.

Tonight they will have a fishing tournament. I decided to stick around for another day, possibly two and just enjoy the time.

That’s all for now.

Today’s tidbit: Sometimes you need to take time to breath and enjoy what God has placed before you.

From Wilmington to Tabor City

East Columbus High School, where I took shelter from Hurricane Dorian.

Lake Waccamaw the day after the storm

A baby turtle I took across the road to the lake

Small town living at the lake.

Breakfast at the Econolodge

Honey Festival Whiteville, NC

Farmland between Whiteville and Williams

Dinky little town Williams, NC

Lake Tabor, Tabor City, NC

Woo Hoo – North Carolina!

You don’t see many swing bridges anymore. They don’t lift up like regular draw bridges, they swing to the side to allow boats to go through. It would have been cool if a boat had been going through.

The road heading north was pretty. it was strewn with wild flowers and it weaved alongside the inter-coastal waterway.

I was overjoyed to see the NC state line sign! I made it! Part of me is glad I took the bicycle route because it was so pretty, but the other part wishes I had stayed on 17 because it would have been shorter.

The road twisted through the farm lands and look.. and airport on the side of the road. Population of only 616 in 2017, but they have an airport!

This morning I headed over to catch the ferry. I thought the ferry didn’t run on weekends for some reason, but it does. It was a whole lot easier to get on this ferry than it was the one out of Savannah! And it was a beautiful boat ride going across. I thought if I could get to a couple of the islands that it would be a great place to camp. There is a campground just south of where the ferry docks, but you do need a boat to get to it.

Kure Beach is a small little town with house after house after house. I had breakfast at a small diner at the pier and it looked like a storm was heading towards me, but it went out to sea instead.

Myrtle Beach

These are miscellaneous photos of the trip from Mt Pleasant to Myrtle Beach. It sure was a rainy rainy day. There was actually a tropical disturbance off right on the coast and that is what caused all the rain. The disturbance is in the North Atlantic at the moment and is forecast to possibly make a u-turn and come back inland, but its too early to tell.

The first 2 pictures are my bike before I made a custom cover for the front basket and rear rack. The black garbage bag I was using got a hole in it so I decided I would see if I could make a nicer looking cover. I got a shower curtain from the dollar store and cut it to size and attached velcro to it to keep it from flying away. I think it looks better 🙂 Plus I have enough left over that I can make it better when I have a few minutes and a place to work.

I added the extra flashing lights I found at Harbour Freight. They were on sale. I don’t think the police can say they can’t see me now!

The Denny’s picture. I started to treat myself to a decent breakfast because I’ve been in the mood for pancakes. When i got there they told me they didn’t open until 7. Liars… I REALLY REALLY don’t like liars! I sent a message to their corporate office and about a block and a half away I found the waffle house. Wow! what a difference. They were supper nice to me. I left an extra dollar in the tip.

The next 16 pictures are different views of the ride up Ocean Blvd. I still think I should get a hermit crab, lol

I lost my hoodie someplace along the way and at one store I found this purple one that looked like suit jacket. I ALMOST got it because it was only $8, but they didn’t have my size.

The next five pictures are North Myrtle Beach. I went down to the ocean to see what it looked like at sunset.

Now you are up to date with everything photo-wise.

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