After three very nice days in Savannah, with one afternoon in Hilton Head at
an international piano competition, my friend gave me a ride back to
Hardeeville - he was headed back to the piano competition - and I rode back
the way I'd come on 321. I could have ridden back over the bridge, but the
traffic was bad enough on Sunday not to make me want to do it during the
week. I left Hardeeville at 11 AM.
Day 1, Savannah, GA to Aiken, SC
A bicyclist riding towards Hardeeville on 321
I had a good tail wind, so I was cruising in the high teens to low twenties,
and, with light traffic, riding was easy if a bit boring. I did see on
bicyclist coming the other way. He wasn't having nearly as much fun as I was
;-}. After Robertville, 321 had a small shoulder and the pavement was
smoother. The railroad paralleled the high way all the way to Fairfax where
I, and the railroad, headed towards Allentown.
A lumber truck on 321 before it has a shoulder
A logging truck farther west on 321
I stopped in Estill for lunch at 'Our Daily Bread.' It was good food in a very friendly place. Estill also has a nice looking motel, so
it could be a good place to stop on the way to/from Savannah.
Coming into Estill
As I rode towards Fairfax, I caught up with a slow moving train hauling lots
of freight containers. I was cruising around 18 mph and that train was going
around 15 mph, so I got a good look at it as I slowly passed along its
length. I finally passed the engine just before we reached Fairfax and,
since I didn't want to wait half a hour for it to pass through town, ended
up going around the bars that were down at a railroad crossing. The train
had slowed down going into town, and was a least a 100 feet away as I
crossed in front of it. Then I raced it to Allen town and crossed a hundred
yards or so in front of it as I turned north. After Fairfax, I was riding on US 278.
The train I 'raced' to Fairfax and Allentown
I rode 278 to Barnwell where I had planned to stop for the night, but, since
it was 4 PM when I got there and the great tailwind was still blowing, I
just took a rest/snack break and rode on towards Aiken on 278. I'd come 70
miles to Barnwell and it was 36 miles more to Aiken, so I figured I could
make it before dark.
I rode 278 - most pretty good riding, and getting hillier as I got neared
Aiken - to SC 19, 19 is an expressway going into Aiken from the south. It
was easier - flatter, better tail wind - riding than 278. I reached a
suitable motel just before sunset, after 6:20 minutes of riding at an
average speed of 17.1 mph.
Riding US 278 north of Barnwell