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Monday, May 16, 2016

Day 8 - Barnwell to Hampton SC - 33.7 miles

The ONLY stop of the day - at mile 4
This is one of my shortest days of the trip at 33.7 miles. See the Video Here. Terrain is light rolling until mile 15 and then it's downhill for the rest of the day. I've looked at every inch of the route in Google Street View and Google Earth and
I believe that Shelton's Gas and Convenience Store at mile 4 is the ONLY retail outlet of any kind until I reach Hampton. Some of the roads I'll be on today appear to be paved but I believe they are a hard-packed sand and gravel mix.  I'll be in farm country for awhile and then in pulp forest at other times. International Paper has had a presence in this area since the 1940's but in 2014 they closed the plant and moved operations to Maine - leaving 220 people jobless. The area around Hampton was the location of a POW camp during WWII - housing German and Italian prisoners from North Africa.
Worst case - narrow, no shoulder, big trucks - Living on the White Line today
U.S. Route 278 is the primary east–west United States highway that traverses through the South Carolina Lowcountry, from North Augusta to Hilton Head Island. US 278 was established, in South Carolina, in 1965. Parts of it that I will travel on are still only two-lane with no shoulder. I plan to Stay at Days Inn 1235 W Elm Street,  Hampton, SC  29924 - 1-803-943-0411.
Downhill last half of the day

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