Cycle Touring South

Discussion in 'Southeast' started by ECsponger, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    I can envision it. Awesome.

    Once when I was a kid, I was working for the Shriners doing fundraising. A few of us sneaked into a backroom, and found a stack of initiate fezzes. Not the big golden plush full fez the bona fide Shriners wear, but a smaller version that was red, like you'd see in Casablanca. We took them, and gave some to a friend, Eddie, who had a band, and played at the Schooner lounge. All the band wore them. They renamed themselves Eddie and the Fezes.
     
  2. Tlokein

    Tlokein Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Fantastic! The guys from Mastadon have been know to do that, in fact, they made a vid...

    I like simple, cheap vids like this. Rent out a bar, get a bunch of friends to dress up like killer crowns and circus freaks, and film them wrecking the joint while playing dressed up like Shriners...

    [video=youtube;TsdIO8RHMTc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsdIO8RHMTc[/video]
     

  3. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2007
    The internet/world is full of people that will tell you what you can't do. How many idiots have told me I was insane for taking some of the trips I've taken? You will likely be just fine biking anywhere with a little common sense. Charleston is def not a great biking town but getting to FB from downtown is no prob at all if you take the back roads on James Island. Don't listen to the haters get out there and do it. I met a dude this summer in San Blas that had ridden his bike there----FROM NYC! Have fun good luck!
     
  4. LazyE

    LazyE Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2014
    Not hating or sayin' ya can't but I have lost two friends in the past couple years bike riding in the Chas. area. Hell, you can get hit in a car and die just as well I suppose. Personally I wouldn't do it but that's up to you. Suppose it depends on time of year as to how heavey the traffic is. I've seen a lot of carnage with cars, bikes and pedestrians on the stretch of Folly road from Ft. Johnson Rd. to where the road narrows to one lane over the years. Like I said goode luck.
     
  5. ocripcurrent

    ocripcurrent Well-Known Member

    797
    Feb 27, 2008
    Thanks for all the awesome tips and info so far, even if it got kinda sidetracked with talk of spliffs and caddies and shark fin hats.
    To clarify, I am riding a touring bicycle I have rigged together myself, over the last two years. I save all my money then take off for a few months, because working like a slave sucks. I am a cycle commuter and ride all year round and have developed many cycling skills. I've been in OBX a few times and have eyeballed many stealth sites. With me, I have a 3/2, a handplane, and a pair of swimfins.
    Thanks for sharing your tips, metard. I didn't know you had it in you. :D
    I still wanna see Hunting Island, prob pass on camping there.
    Betty, I'm taking that route, stoked.
    I'm in VA Beach now, just got a ride over the bridge tunnel. Looking to travel thru False Cape to NC.
     
  6. metard

    metard Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2014
    Have fun, be safe and keep us posted when you can. I'm pretty sure most of us here would love to be able to undertake an adventure like that.
     
  7. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Not me. That long on a bike would induce some real butt injuries.
    MIS would like that, though......
     
  8. ocripcurrent

    ocripcurrent Well-Known Member

    797
    Feb 27, 2008
    I'm in Nags Head now, traveled thru False Cape in VA to the NC border. First few houses across, I saw a guy and his wife trying to get a new washer and dryer up this staircase so I offered help. In exchange he gave me a lift to the pavement and $20. Good folks.
    I'm in north Nags Head now, looks like a good swell tomorrow. Any swellies in the area?
     
  9. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    The guy didn't pay you the 20 to do his wife while he watched, eh? Are you of an age that you'd recognize the deal if it happened?

    Beware of waynetheinsaaaane now that you're way souf of the Mason Dixon Line, sparky. You see a windowless white van plastered with surf stickers approaching & blaring the worst whitey gospel music you've ever heard.....that be him.
     
  10. ocripcurrent

    ocripcurrent Well-Known Member

    797
    Feb 27, 2008
    Made it to St. Augustine yesterday, what's good?
     
  11. CBSCREWBY

    CBSCREWBY Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Glad you made it safe. How was surf on the way down?
     
  12. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    Your trip is inspiring. Thanks.
    Best wishes on the remainder of your journey.
     
  13. ocripcurrent

    ocripcurrent Well-Known Member

    797
    Feb 27, 2008
    Thanks y'all. Great couple swells in Rodanthe and KDH - bodysurfing and bodyboarding. Had some small fun novelty waves in Surfside with the local grom ripper fun pack. Great crew there, they're super stoked on anything.
    Had some fun waves in Cocoa and Sebastian a few days ago. The water temp is unbeatable. Only about 350 miles left, so I'm taking my time and enjoying Florida. Never been to this state before, and I'm here on a bicycle, yewww!
    Eventually I'll compile my memoirs and create an online journal to share. It's been incredible, and I've met dozens of awesome people along the way.
     
  14. Betty

    Betty Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2012
    That's so awesome! Welcome to Florida. Last week there were two huge events in Florida:
    1. A container ship dumped thousands of cans of vacuum sealed Cafe Bustelo that washed up from Canaveral down to Palm Beach. Also jugs of wine, canola oil, and laundry detergent. All sealed and useable.

    2. An alligator killed and ate a thief hiding in the reeds of a lake from a sheriff, near Sebastian.
     
  15. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Totally awesome you made it to the fabled "God's Waiting Room" aka: Florida. Rain tomorrow with passing cold front,then blast of north air will give us a nice head high windchoppe Saturday and cool weather all weekend. You will finally have a brisk north wind at your back. PM me if you need directions to good breaks down here.
     
  16. Slashdog

    Slashdog Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2012
    Cool journey ECsponger.

    I made an attempt to camp throughout the FL Keys once; we staked out spots via google earth. Most of em didn't work out, because the land had been developed in the time since the picture was taken. But one...

    One spot kinda worked out. There was an old road to nowhere on the map. If I recall correctly, at the end of it, it looked like there was an open field/park where people had built bike ramps. Our plan was to drive to the end of the road, and camp. We had a small crossover 4x4- not small enough.

    The vegetation had grown into the road so much that it was constantly scratching the sides of the truck. Our buddy kept driving so we just kept laughing. About a mile or two in it became even tighter; the mangroves were frequently right next to the road. We decided to camp in a little opening we found. One of the guys, a Bogdan-Eastern-Euro from Queens, was very concerned about getting chomped by a Gator in his sleep.

    That night, on the radio, we heard about a massive earthquake in Haiti. With recent memories of the Indian Ocean Tsunami (and a poor understanding of Caribbean geography), we became somewhat worried. There was no cell service, and the radio didn't sound any emergencies, so we just got drunk, cooked, and passed out.

    When my friend drove out the next morning, his truck got really scratched up. As he finally exited the road into a field of tall grass, he screamed out "YEAAHHHHHHH" and floored it, directly into a boulder. His front quarter panel and bumper got crushed. It was one of the funniest things I've ever witnessed.

    In the morning a few groups of cyclists passed us, so I'm sure people know about the spot. Might be a cool place to hit up. Looking at the map briefly, it may have been old state rd. 4A, on Saddlebunch Key. If you're interested I could probably wrangle up the exact location.

    On Key West, there's a big legit campground called Boyd's. It's not very cheap, but I think it was the only option. I'm sure you could find some free accommodation if you're 'flexible,' haha.

    Good luck man, and be sure to regale us with some tales if you get the chance. I think I'm stuck up here all Winter...
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2015
  17. Valhallalla

    Valhallalla Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Yeah, talk aboot having your sh!t tossed in the ocean! I dragged several gallons of the cooking oil out on Saturday. There was also aerosol cans of Lysol, Capri Sun and pet food. And of course, the 'big haul'. No square grouper tho. Stopped at the surf shoppe on the way home and they had a big pile of coffee and oil sitting by the door that locals had dropped off. Treasure Coast indeed.
     
  18. jaklsurfs

    jaklsurfs Well-Known Member

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    Apr 26, 2015
    Damn all that cafe bustello just layin around ,i could have been set for the winter.Stuff comin ashore like that reminds me of the old days in hatteras when the square groupers would stray in to the beaches and if your weed tasted kinda salty you knew where it came from
     
  19. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    cycle trips are gay...or you will be singing soprano at the end??
     
  20. ocripcurrent

    ocripcurrent Well-Known Member

    797
    Feb 27, 2008
    Hilarious about both news events - I saw the coffee spill on one of the local front newspapers and heard about the karma gator.
    Some solid E windchop blowing in now, and I'm in Ft lauderdale. Lots of kitesurfers and expensive toys, and here I am on a bicycle.
    Great camping story, Slashdog. I've been scouring some old roads down there and some bridges. (I've slept under bridges and alongside the road a few times this trip)
    Got to surf Ponce Inlet and Coco Beach last week - fun stuff, lots of current at Ponce and lots of local shredders at the Cocoa Pier.
    Camped at a amazing campsite in Sebastian Inlet for three nights, easily the best site so far of my trip. The problem I'm running into now is busier, developed, high-energy areas the further south I get, so I'm looking forward to the Keys and some seclusion. Got a few amazing spots locked in ahead down the road. Cheers for now, boys. Gonna go find some warm waves!