Up the Coast to Myrtle Beach

Trip Start Jan 07, 2013
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Trip End Jan 21, 2013


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Saturday, January 19, 2013

It took me all morning to cross Jacksonville, but I made it to the Atlantic Ocean.  All storm tossed and grey it was a welcome sight, though I had to park illegally to get there.   The city was a surprise.  Known initially as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole, Ft. Caroline to the French, Cow Ford to the British or nothing to the Spanish who tried to get rid of it, Jacksonville received its American name in 1822 and has never looked back.  It is now the largest legal city in the country which is why it has the largest most pretentious county courthouse in the world I think.  I couldn't believe it when I saw it, but then I couldn't believe what a beautiful center city it has -- on the St John's river with vistas of bridges and buildings -- truly wonderful.  Puts the Georgetown Wharf to shame!

From my visit to the ocean I trundled North hugging the coast and ended up on Amelia island with beautiful plantation homes and golf courses.  Even met a fellow BMW biker with a machine similar to mine.  Had a great conversation with the driver of a big SUV as we crossed the ferry. Lots of the guys I talk to want to drop whatever they're doing and come along!

Did my duty on I-95 (which isn't so bad down in Georgia and South Carolina) and then escaped on US 17 to go North up past the turnoff to Beaufort and on to Charleston and beyond.  I think the nicest bridge I have crossed has to be the new one spanning the Cooper river North of Charleston.  A suspension bridge off two towers, something like the San Francisco Bay Bridge, it rises way up high to allow a lovely view of Charleston harbour and town.  With a wide friendly walkway, it had lots of walkers and joggers enjoying the evening view.  Too bad I couldn't take a picture, but I was too busy looking at the scenery and staying alive.
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David S on

Jim, I've really enjoyed your journey across the South. It reminds me of how many beautiful places I haven't yet visited, like Big Bend, the Florida panhandle, and many others. For now, it's just nice to venture through them vicariously, with a perceptive guide who's a great photographer. Thanks!

Harry on

Oh but it's great to be back home, and it's warm too.

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