Ted's Big Perimeter Ride 2014---Day 6

Hardeeville, SC to Neptune Beach, FL
Date: June 8, 2014 tb...Updated 6/21/2014 leftArrowSmall.jpg rightArrowSmall.jpg home.gif

In the morning, the sky was bright with many white clouds. The coffee at the Motel-6 was undrinkable, but the room rate was $39.19 inclusive. I went next door to the gas station/convience store and got a nice bottle of OJ and was on my way South.

At 1:00 PM a freak cloud opened up on me. The sky did not look dark, but it rained hard for 5-10 minutes. Fortunatly, I was approaching an exit, and darted under the first gas station canopy. Mostly only my lower legs got sopped. After a few minutes, the shower finished and I pressed on without rain gear so that I could evaporate.

Riding time: 9 hours 12 minutes

Actual distance:
    Today = 230 miles,
    Total   = 1,244 miles
Average Miles/Gallon for trip: 39.2
Average Price/Gallon for day:  $3.88 (Premium Grade)

Gas Used to Date:  $117.20
10:32 AM - Time to finish loading and hit the road.

11:36 AM

2:22 PM


2:41 PM - Saint Simons Lighthouse

Fort St. Simons

On this site Fort St. Simons was built by English troops under the command of General James Edward Oglethorpe in 1738. It guarded the entrance to the Frederica River through which ships must pass to reach Fort Frederica. With nearby Delegal's Fort, it turned the southern tip og St. Simons Island into Georgia's most heavily fortified area. Fort St. Simons was destroyed by Spanish soldiers in 1742.

St. Simons Island is the largest of the Golden Isles along Georgia's southern Atlantic coast, eighteen square miles in size. During the 18th century, St. Simons served as a sometime home to John Wesley, the minister of the colony. He later returned to England, where he founded the Methodist Church. In 2014, St. Simons Island was voted America's #1 Favorite Romantic Town as well as America's #1 Favorite Beach Town by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

2:45 AM

2:48 PM

3:21 AM - I rode out to the island, which is a State Park, only to find a toll plaza at the end of the causway. Seems this is a launch area for gambling ships...I'll pass.

4:03 PM - Arrived


6:08 PM - Taking the A1A (Florida's version of Rt 1, but on the very coast of the state).


6:42 PM - A lovely ride under moss laden cypress trees. Note: Most of the ride down Amelia Island did not have the orange siding.


7:12 PM - There is no bridge for the A1A route and I thought I would have to go west thru Jacksonville city to continue down the coast. Then I saw this ferry being loaded, got in the queue, and rode right onboard almost without stopping. The ride was about 10 minutes and cost $5, but it saved a whole bunch of time and unnecessary city traffic.

Good timing is good.

7:12 PM Crossing the Frederica River.


7:20 PM - Almost there.

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