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Old 04-14-2007, 06:50 PM   #1
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Laugh Praline Run!

or XS11 plays in the sand.....

I'd been looking forward to exploring some "new to me" twisties and JKnowledge moving across town seemed to be the perfect excuse! I had my route fine tuned with the help of iDave, he was even going to be able to ride some of it with me. Well I'm not skeered of a little rain but I wimped out on this wash out! Especially with the possibility of a wintry mix in the mtns along the Va/ WVa border.

Looking at the forecasts I realize that it's probably not going to rain at the coast till Sun. I mention Charleston, SC and my wife, who had to work today, says go get me some pralines at Market Street Sweets! so once again I have a mission to complete!

I decided I'd take all back roads and make a loop. Not too many twisties in the Low Country of SC but it was a beautiful morning for a ride!

First thing of interest I see are these Revolutionary War re-enactors setting up in Camden.

and planning their strategy


South Carolina is rich in Revolutionary War history and the battle that took place here in Camden was a terrible loss for the American Patriots.

For today's battle however....we have some secret weapons.

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Old 04-14-2007, 07:10 PM   #2
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A little further south is historic Boykin. A good place to go eat a low country boil!

I've never eaten at the steak house tho......

Down the road are some old plantaions, some still bearing cannonball wounds, so I'm told.

It wasn't long before I was wishing for my old DR650.....but I couldn't resist letting "The Pig" play in the sand just a little bit.

You Fla boys aint the only ones that get to ride next to a bombing range.

That sign is a bit hard to read but I found these OHV trails right across the street.

Hey EVI LONE!! see sand is fun!!

You see A LOT of this riding across SC

We have plenty of Country Stores too.

Closer to the coast....I found some more OHV trails....sandy ones too!

I decided to temp the sand demons 1 more time.

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Old 04-14-2007, 07:20 PM   #3
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Look familiar?

Once I got down to US 17 traffic had become annoying for the 1st time today. However the bridge to Charleston was not too far.




All of us tourist types had the city packed on a warm sunny Saturday!
The Market

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Old 04-14-2007, 07:25 PM   #4
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:31 PM   #5
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Pralines!!!!

Market Street Sweets. The sister store to River Street Sweets in Savannah, Ga

As if the smell alone isn't enough to drag you in from the street......they have someone handing out free samples!

PRALINES!!


Hi Ladies!

Upon leaving I discover that my questionably parked bike has found some company.

oops you're not supposed to look back.
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:57 PM   #6
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Now I don't know if any of you are like this or not but.......when I find myself in a traffic jam or just in a city even really......The thing that come to the front of my mind is...ESCAPE!....How do I get out of here!?!?

I do manage to make a lap on way out.

A replica of the Hunley....a civil war submarine. With a dubious history.

The following is just a sequence of shots I took left-handed while riding down Rainbow Row. Hence the perfectly square and centered photos.







These are also called the S.O.B. homes........South Of Broad st...their counterpart would be the SNOBS slightly north of broad st.

Approaching the Battery at the waterfront.




The Guns still aimed at the harbor and ready to fire!!


Just some more shacks down by the water.



A near perfect day for sailing!


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Old 04-14-2007, 08:07 PM   #7
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nice country - good shots!
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Old 04-14-2007, 08:16 PM   #8
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I made a loop and left Charleston on 61....I took a few pics but didn't notice that the switch on the camera had been bunped and I was actually taking some very stupid videos......be glad I don't really know how to post them.

I did get a shot of this old train graveyard though.

Leaving out this AM I knew there was a pretty good chance I'd get wet on the way home. However, almost home, still daylight, not raining, so I decided to continue your history lesson.

Brattonsville........Do you remember the movie "The Patriot" staring Mel Gibson? Well a good bit of it was filmed right here, including the battle scenes.



The Pig near a pen.

The old schoolhouse



Well my timing couldn't have been any better....just as I near the house I can see rain clouds only a couple miles away........wow did it ever rain tonight....with more on the way.


All in all it was a great way to "waste" my day off!
I rode a bit over 500mi all of it on back roads.....at just a nice tourist pace!

Thanks for ridin' along on the web.
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Old 04-15-2007, 12:16 PM   #9
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Fantastic Kevin! But did you have any flat tires?
Good one Dave!
Thankfully....NO!

I didn't have any flats over the entire Daytona trip either although I did have flats on 2 out of 3 rides before Daytona.
This piece of glass was floating around inside the rear tube.


I'm hoping that my tire luck has begun to change for the better!
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Old 04-15-2007, 04:41 PM   #10
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Nice pics. I still dont know what the hell Praline is though.

The forest pics look just like FL. Lots of sand.

Lots of nice iron work on the homes you photographed too, I can appreciate that.

The history lesson was cool too, reminds me of last years ride in Winston-Salem. I have considered making a belated ride report, I had never heard of ADV at the time. Nice historic stuff to be seen there.
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Old 04-15-2007, 05:01 PM   #11
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My goodness ! Is that a Yamaha XS1100, possibly of the 1979 variety ?
If so, are you the original owner ?

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Old 04-15-2007, 07:16 PM   #12
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My goodness ! Is that a Yamaha XS1100, possibly of the 1979 variety ?
If so, are you the original owner ?
Hi,
Yes it is! Thanks for noticing. No I'm not the original owner.....but I know all three of it's previous owners. The original owner dressed it out with every bell and whistle available in the day......including a side car and trailer hitch. I also have a cargo trailer but I leave the hitch off unless I've got plans to actually pull it. (as iDave posted earlier, I've had to change a few tires along the way and the hitch is just extra work)

I bought the bike in '90 and have put well over 100k on it. In fact my wife and I still take a good sized trip on it every fall.

Here's a couple links you can check out.

In '05 click> We went to Sturgis for "Dog Week"

and last year we did a loop up into the Canadian Rockies and back down to the 4 corners area then back east. click> 8,500 mi 2 up on a '79 XS11 (I changed 4 tires on this trip)

I was told that riding an old relic like that on cross country type trips qualified as an adventure too................so enjoy.
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Nice pics. I still dont know what the hell Praline is though.

The forest pics look just like FL. Lots of sand.

Lots of nice iron work on the homes you photographed too, I can appreciate that.

The history lesson was cool too, reminds me of last years ride in Winston-Salem. I have considered making a belated ride report, I had never heard of ADV at the time. Nice historic stuff to be seen there.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praline

Hey go ahead and post the report! I've seen a few folks dig up old pics from the '70s and put one together.
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Old 04-15-2007, 07:57 PM   #15
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I have eaten that stuff before, and it was really good. Not as good as getting it freshly made I reckon.

Cool bike, I didnt know what it was so I looked it up online. I recognized it as your bike though, anytime I see those wooden beads I think of your bike.

Oh, I really liked the bridge pics too. Way cooler than the bridges around here.
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