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Day 1750, Kingsland – Darien, Georgia: The Deep South

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Aug - 11 - 2015

Distance: 87.8 km
Ride time: 4:04:11
Average: 21.6 km/h
Max speed: 36.0 km/h
Total: 38897 km

I left my camp site in Kingsland in clear sunshine but already an hour later the thunderstorms were building up. Usually it doesn’t happen before 2 in the afternoon.

Georgia is a lot less commercialized compared to Florida, but they do have a McDonald’s here and there. Handy when you are in search of a shelter from a coming storm.

I had been looking forward to cycling through Georgia and today certainly lived up to my expectations. It feels like being in the deep south down here – and I like it!

Waiting out another thunderstorm at a gas station I got to talk to Jim – riding his own bicycle down towards Florida! Jim is probably what you would describe as homeless, but happy enough to be living the free life on the road. He even shared a sandwich with me saying “The only way I can expect to receive gifts from people is if I give some myself”. I thought that was very wise words.

Things got even more “Southern” as I got closer to Darien, an old town established in 1736 right on the Altamaha River. At the time it was the southernmost outpost of the British Empire in North America.

I love the old trees with the Spanish grass that now dominates the landscape.

Since I had been staying in my tent for the last two nights I thought I would treat myself to a motel bed. 32 dollars is certainly more expensive than the rooms down in central and south America, but with all the amazing hospitality I have been enjoying in Florida there is some room in the budget…

Looking forward to more Southern style cycling tomorrow!

Categories: USA
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One Response so far.

  1. Certainly looked like a decent downpour of rain! I can’t say I’ve spent much time in any Southern states. About a week in Tennessee, and a week or so in North and South Carolina (love Charleston!). But I love the pace of life down there, as well as the people.