We did more riding than picture taking, but here’s a few photos with poorly written captions. -Mat
The Map: A route that’s become our favorite place in the lowcountry to ride. A nice mix of gravel dikes, dirt roads and some country highways to link sections between dikes. We’ve ridden this route several times this summer with groups as large as 5 without ever doing the same exact route twice. Today was no exception with a detour off to see Lake Marion’s Santee Dam.
Boring Numbers: With barely a cloud in the sky and the heat and humidity you'd expect from an August day in coastal South Carolina, today was the hottest day we've experienced at the lake.
Mile 13: Finding a bit of shade along the Santee Cooper Rediversion Canal to fix the day’s only mechanical.
Mile 13: The gravel roads along both sides of the Rediversion Canal are easily the nicest gravel we’ll see all day. Our route takes us up along the canal away from the lake, before crossing over the canal and returning up the opposite side of the canal back towards the lake.
Mile 29: With mostly gravel and dirt miles behind us we stop to pickup fluids and junk food while getting strange looks from kind locals.
Mile 34: Finally found the dam that makes Lake Moultrie’s larger neighbor Lake Marion. Pretty sure we were trespassing at this point — signs were a bit unclear. Nice photo-op for the single speeds — Tyler’s Cross-Check up front my On-One in the back.
Mile 34: Hiding in the shade of the guard tower. The Pompino and it's big trunk overlooking Lake Marion for the first time.
Mile 48: A lake loop tradition. Conveniently located right before the start of our longest section of gravel dike.
Mile 50: Finally found a semi-shady place along the mostly exposed dikes to stop and eat as many boiled peanuts as possible. In our excitement it took us a good 10 minutes to realize we were sitting in ants, and another 5 for me to move.
Mile 52: What’s that, a tailwind?
Mile 52: Post-peanut high inspires a #selfie.
Done: A much-needed Waffle House stop on the car ride home.
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