Life Savers!

Trip Start Aug 14, 2012
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Trip End Oct 25, 2012


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Chris and Emily's Abode (amazing couch surfing hosts)
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Ruby's House
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Galivants Ferry

Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Thursday, August 16, 2012

To begin our journey, Amanda and I took our bikes to the beach and dipped our back tires into the ocean. A really nice couple took our picture and wished us well on our trip. After brushing the sand off our tires and out of our brakes and gears we hit the road. As we departed from Myrtle Beach we thought that we picked the best city to start our biking adventure in. The roads were wide, had bike lanes and were lined with "Share The Road with Bikes" signs. As it turns out, the roads outside of Myrtle Beach are infamous for being awful! In almost no time at all our pleasant bike ride turned into a harrowing tale. Cars came within inches of our handle bars on roads with no shoulders and 60 mph traffic. We struggled to keep our balance while riding on rumble strips and grass.


We did not feel safe riding on the road, Hwy 501, so we opted to walk instead. We dragged our 80 pound bikes through the knee high grass along the highway for 7 miles in 90 degree heat. We arrived at a small establishment called Galivants Ferry where we rested. We feasted like royalty on gas station food. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches with a side of potato chips and french onion dip. We were surprised to find Aunt Jemima honey, but it tasted good so we had 2 sandwiches each. Discovered shortly afterwards that Aunt Jemima does not make honey. Yup, we ate peanut butter and syrup sandwiches.


It was at this gas station that we got into contact with Chris, a CouchSurfing member who was willing to host us for the night. He ended up driving out to Galivants Ferry to rescue us from 501. He and his fiancÚ, Emily, allowed us to use their shower and stay with them for the night. We got a tour of Florence, learned a bit of the history, and met some of their friends. It was the perfect end to a stressful day. 

They told us that the rest of the roads in South Carolina were just as treacherous for bikers as 501. They also told us that they were planning on driving to an art fest in Charlotte in the morning and that we were welcome to hitch a ride. Having heard about the roads, we gladly accepted the generous offer. We are currently driving to Charlotte, and are having a blast. 


We are so thankful for the hospitality that Chris and Emily have shown us. When we asked how to repay them, we were told “That’s just how we do it. Pay it forward.” How neat is that? We plan to, thank you so much!

  Amarika

Check these sites out:
www.chriselmquist.com
www.couchsurfing.com

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