So I took a job in Savannah, Georgia for a few weeks. A cinematically beautiful period project about slavery, called Underground (follows a group of slaves on their daring escape from a Georgia plantation as they travel 600 miles to freedom in the north).
Savannah is beautiful and historic. My hotel was right on Bay Street by the Savannah River, just behind Factors Row and the River Walk. The old brick buildings on cobblestone streets were once bustling as the original Cotton Exchange. The are now trendy bars and restaurants, but the rich history is undeniable.
I was only a few blocks from Chippewa Square and got to geek out at the spot where they filmed Forrest Gump on his bench. There were large, weathered trees everywhere with looming arms and branches. Simple beauty.
I didn’t fly with my bike this time. I was only going to there for a couple of weekends and there wasn’t much mountain biking to be had anyway. But I was jonsin’ and had to get on a bike in some fashion. So on one of my weekends, I decided to check out the famed Hilton Head, South Carolina. The beach getaway for the rich and famous was only 45 minutes from my hotel. I heard there was a well-developed bike path system and legal beach riding, so I decided to check it out. I wound up renting a beach cruiser for $9 at Hilton Head Bicycles and toodled around.
Quite a departure from my normal riding endeavors… but human-powered, two wheeled exploration is fun no matter what. Got to see the town very well, and had a blast riding up and down the shoreline while checking out the multi-million dollar beach homes with views for days…
Afterwards, I headed over to Reilley’s for lunch and football with the locals. Washed down my chicken quesadilla with a Sweetwater 420. Not a bad Sunday. As a bonus, I hit up the Levi’s outlet and got a couple pairs of new jeans for $20 each to replace my previous pairs that are all holy in the knees. Stoked.
Like I said, not my normal mountain bike adventure – but an adventure nonetheless :).