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Cycling through Low Country July 24

Cycling through South Carolina’s Low Country for a second straight day brought more diverse scenery and more heat. Early on, we benefited from the shade of trees on shrouded roads, and then bore the wrath of the hot mid-day sun later in the day. We cycled along stretches of road surrounded by swamp and bogs, causing us to wonder what lived within, and speeding us on toward more familiar surroundings. Logging trucks with tree-length sticks roared by, spreading the pleasing aroma of freshly cut trees and providing more than enough room to calm our nerves. The red flag on the longest log flew well beyond the trailer, threatening to scrape the ground should an untimely bump cause the load to shift. Periodic fields of tobacco were reminders of an entrenched economy unable or unwilling to loosen its grip on those whose health is willingly exploited. Historic markers from the mid-1800’s and a predominant black populous are also reminders of the slave trade of yesteryear, and struggles to overcome its fallout to this day. We witnessed rural poverty, with old, ramshackled abandonned houses and buildings, and some that were not abandonned. Outside several convenience stores, a small group of black men sat passing the time, enjoying one another’s company under the shade of the community tree, with stumps for chairs. One could envision a game of cards taking place, or whatever the game of choice in these parts would be.

We moved on with a supportive tailwind, which helped to make our ride easier and more comfortable as the mercury pushed toward 100. The flat roads and courteous motorists cooperated as well. It seems no one is in the same hurry that our neighbors to the north usually are. The pace is relaxed–perhaps it is the heat, perhaps the rural settings. Wherever we’ve gone in this state, people go out of their way to greet us and sincerely provide us the assistance to get where we are trying to go, regardless of whether we ask for it or need it.

We can all take a page from our South Carolinian hosts. Their pace and desire to help reveals their servant hearts. The world would be a better place if we all had more of that attitude.

4 thoughts on “Cycling through Low Country July 24

  1. Shae

    Welcome to the Low Country! This is the young lady that met you at the Walgreen’s in Moncks Corner SC… This hobby really excites me and I will love for y’all to keep me updated… Thanks In Advance & Please Be Safe!!

    1. Debbie Bishop

      Hi Shae,
      I hope you enjoy our blog. It was fun meeting you at Walgreens. We had a great time staying at the Holiday Inn there in Monck Corner and we biked 89 miles today. Ready for sleep!!! In Joy, Debbie

    1. Tim Bishop Post author

      Wow. I would have guessed more. Sounds like we’ll be in the vicinity in early August if all goes well. Thanks for following along.

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