Try to snake down to 211 to take the ferry from Southport to CB for something different. That way you can avoid the silliness of Wilmington traffic. I usually head through Charlotte on my way to WNC so routes to/from Raleigh aren't in my bag of tricks, if you find something good let me know. I really should explore this area more. Stay off of 40 unless you're in a hurry (but you knew that already).
Looks like a lot of rain Fri and Sat with temps dropping Sat, ride safe. Make sure to stop by the Fat Pelican for a beer and Michael's Seafood for national award winning seafood chowder
I recollect that Myrtle Beach sought to repel motorcyclists a few years ago.
I think it went like this:
Myrtle Beach town council: Because South Carolina does not have a law requiring motorcycle helmets, Myrtle Beach will enact one.
They passed a law requiring all people on motorcycles to wear helmets.
Not surprisingly, the government of South Carolina learned of this,
and their reaction was swift, decisive, and devoid of respect.
1. South Carolina has a law about adult bikers and helmets.
Here it is, for the ignorant: Helmets are optional in South Carolina, all of it.
2. South Carolina's traffic laws are made here in Columbia, the capital.
Even if Myrtle Beach's intention were NOT to repel bikers, we will not have our state turned into a patchwork of laws, so that helmets are required here, reflective tape is required there, and hinged footpegs are forbidden elsewhere. Traffic laws are universal throughout the state.
Regardless of SC's fine response, I stay repelled.
Clearly, Myrtle Beach does not want me or my money, and will see neither.
Your mileage may vary, so go there if you choose.
Have a finger ready if you meet the sort of people who seek to repel you.
if my memory serves, myrtle beach wanted to ban bike week not motorcycles in general. bike week became very large and irritated the golfers, then the week after bike week a group of black bikers began having their own bike week, perhaps not feeling welcome the previous week or the fact that the first bike week was 90% Harley and the black bikers were mostly sport bikers. anyway the sounds of 4cyl performance pipes irritated as much as open pipe cruisers so they decided to get rid of them all. ( there are over 100 golf courses around myrtle beach shows where the moneys at)
I have encountered nothing but cordiality in South Carolina.
In fact, my motorcycle commemorates a man who admired Columbia,
the state capital.
A few years ago, I wrote to South Carolina's Lieutenant Governor,
concerning a matter of interest to him and me, but of little significance.
He cordially replied with a short note thanking me for what little support
I could offer, and hoping I would enjoy my next visit. I did.
Between me in Florida and my frequent destination in Ontario Canada
is State Highway 3 in South Carolina. I like that road, and I enjoy seeing
the cotton fields. Going through Blackville SC I try to see a light-colored
face, but so far all of them have been in cars. I wonder about that place.
Travel tip. To reach the town of North in South Carolina, you can start
at Due West, then go one hundred miles southeast. It's true.
Visit scenic South Carolina. People will greet you.
Southport is a good visit. They don't care what your riding, driving, floating or flying. Not much in the area that is interesting riding. You could take the ferry to Okracoke and ride up the outer banks to Nags head and then come back down the back roads on the main land. I have done it and it's an all day ride. 2 ferrys and lots of bridges. The ferrys are on a schedule so you may have to wait.
Wound up behind a white newer model Strom in little old Erwin, NC this afternoon on the way home from work. Gotta love 70+ degree weather in December and it's good to see like-minded Strommers out there taking advantage of it.
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