Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Well I suppose most of you could have predicted that tethering myself to stop-n-go downtown traffic was something I wouldn't tolerate without SOME time out on the open road!
So I set out this morning for Tybee Island!
It was great to see the Savannah Lowlands up close and personal...long stretches of waterways and marshy tall grass from which the herons leap and take flight! It was a gray, overcast morning, but no rain as had been predicted.
Pedaling 20+ miles on this single speed wonder had my legs just a-whizzing...lol! I felt a teensy bit foolish for tackling such a thing, but O the RELIEF of getting my Open Road FIX! :-)
Although it hadn't rained overnight there were a few large puddles here and there which put a nice, fenderless black stripe up my back...but heck when you're biking the breeze dries you off pretty quickly!
An annoyance: found a LARGE puddle, however beside it was a sidewalk which was high enough to be dry. Cool! Just hop up on the sidewalk...cruising along when a big SEMI comes along and WHOOSH! Douses me a good one! Back to the mobile clothes-drying business...! :-)
I made the mistake of taking a diversion down to River Street to see the ferries and tugboats. Mistake because of the cobblestone / brick streets rattling my brains out. Double mistake as I had attempted to move to a paved portion of the street but made the poor decision to cross the old-time trolley tracks which had other plans for my tires and promptly dumped me on the street...oof! Lumps, bumps, road rash and damaged pride, but otherwise no worse for wear. Got back on the bike later today and had to smile as although I'm a bit sore walking, getting in & out of cars...on the bike? No pain whatsoever...lol! Anyhow...this is only my 2nd tumble since reclaiming bicycling over the past few years...not TOO shabby considering the miles I must be racking up! Cruised a bit around town taking in all the old historic homes, church's and establishments...really quite the amazing city, Savannah, just filled with parks and squares and dripping, oozing history everywhere one turns!
Tomorrow we set sail and are northward bound!
Catch up with pics when I can!
PS...belatedly adding this neat video shared on YouTube:
Thoughts On My Bike