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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Day 7 - Augusta GA to Barnwell SC - 49.1 miles

After a long ride you can't beat a round bed with a trompe l'oeil Mediterranean View 
Today's ride is the longest and most desolate of the entire tour - 49.1 miles. Watch the Video Here. At around mile 11 this morning, I cross the Savannah River into South Carolina. Extreme, and I mean E-x-T-r-E-m-E, rolling hills will be begin at mile 11 as well and last all day long. At mile 12.5 there is a McDonald's and a  Family Dollar. At  mile 18.0 there is Kelly's Hilltop Stop N Shop.  At mile 18.7 another Dollar General.  Then, at mile 19, all civilization fades away for the day. The  Kool Spot Cafe and Food Mart at mile 19 is the last place for sustenance until the end of the ride in Barnwell at mile 49. Thirty (30) miles of nothingness that perfectly exemplifies Western South Carolina - it was that way thirty years ago and it's still that way today. I'll have to get all fluids and food for the day in metropolis of Spiderweb SC.  I plan to stay at the Carolina Lodge 10645 Dunbarton Blvd Barnwell, SC  29812 259-2014.
South Carolina State Line - from Google Street View
The Carolina Lodge appears, decoratively and architecturally, to be a cross between The Alamo, The Playboy Mansion and a New Deli Hostel.  I hope I can get the BRRCBLMC room tonight ( Bright Red Round Canopied Bed with Lighted  Mirrored Ceiling ) - always been a fantasy of mine. Fast Food Fare (Pizza Hut, McDonald's, KFC, Hardee's) and Reid's Grocery Store (11 store chain of outdated Food Lions that is now owned by BI-LO) are the only options for food tonight and in the morning.

This is what the day looks like - elevation-wise - Rollllllling hills - lots of 4,5 & 6 % grades 

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