Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Real Start of the Trip

Day 2: about 30 miles south of Athens, GA

Miles today: 263 Total miles: 400

Today really felt like the start of the trip across the country. After
getting everything packed and ready to go yesterday, I rode from
Chapel Hill to Charlotte, which I've done before, so that just felt
like continued trip prep. Today I woke up, got out a map, picked a
road that looked nice, and went there. This is the kind of travel that
I wanted to do and it feels great to not be tied to a route or
specific timetable each day. I just pick a road in the morning and see
where I wind up at the end of the day. Today I took state highway 72
from Rock Hill, SC to Athens, GA and then state highway 15 south to
the campground I'm at now. Tomorrow I'll get up, pack up camp, get the
map out and decide where I'm going. This is sweet.

I hung around Charlotte for a while this morning. Sandy made me a
huge, delicious breakfast and then I spent an hour trying to figure
out how to fit all the new stuff she gave me on the bike. I got to run
over to the Butler's house also to see Anne and also my cousin
Christy, who's been checking out Charlotte for the week. I also swung
by my old high school to see how it was holding up on the way out of
town. Fear not, Charlotte Catholic alumni, no major changes that I
could see, although they did paint some of the football stadium, and
it looks pretty nice.

I got my food for the day at Bi-Lo: (I was hoping for a piggly wiggly,
but my stomach couldn't hold out) cheese, summer sausage and crackers.
$9 and I'll probably get 3 or 4 meals out of it.

I'm also camping tonight in a state park and no ranger has shown up
yet so it looks like I'm not paying to camp either. Here's what the
campsite looks like:


  1. Sweet! You have a very jealous brother.

  2. Glad you made it to your first stop ok! It was great to see you yesterday - we'll keep the prayers coming your way!

  3. Brian

    So far so good! Hope the bears didn't get the summer sausage, and hope the weather improved.

    So about that haircut???

  4. Hi, Brian!

    For some reason, I'm listed as Newman-Chapel Hill. Must be from my work on the gala. On who! Safe travels! I have a tab set up on Firefox just for you so that I can check in and see how you're doing.



  5. I wish I could have been there to see you when you stopped through Charlotte! But, I'm glad to see your first night went well!