Trip Start Aug 14, 2012
51Trip End Oct 25, 2012
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Where I stayed
Chris and Emily's Abode (amazing couch surfing hosts)
What I did
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
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!
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