Biking in South/North Carolina, Virginia

Biking in South/North Carolina, Virginia

Post by Pierre B Campana Jour » Wed, 04 May 1994 09:39:37


        I'm departing on a trip from South Carolina to ***ia in
        about a week. I've recently been told by several people to
        "be careful" as things can get a little hairy in some parts
        at times. I don't mean to sound naive or anything, but
        what exactly are people talking about? Has anyone out there
        biked this segment before and had really bad experiences?
        Any advice/info/stories would be greatly appreciated.

        Pierre

 
 
 

Biking in South/North Carolina, Virginia

Post by Sara Easler P1 » Thu, 05 May 1994 00:15:15


|>
|>
|>   I'm departing on a trip from South Carolina to ***ia in
|>   about a week. I've recently been told by several people to
|>   "be careful" as things can get a little hairy in some parts
|>   at times. I don't mean to sound naive or anything, but
|>   what exactly are people talking about? Has anyone out there
|>   biked this segment before and had really bad experiences?
|>   Any advice/info/stories would be greatly appreciated.
|>
|>   Pierre

I think what you're heard stems from negative stereotypes about white
southerners. My experience is that's exactly what they are, stereotypes.

After living and cycling several years in the upper peninsula of Michigan,
I moved south to Chapel Hill, NC six years ago. I had been fed the same
malarky and was a little skeptical about riding in the country myself. My
first real insight was overhearing a southern man warn someone about the
people in the upper peninsula of Michigan!

Just remember, a southern accent doesn't necessarily mean un-educated,
trigger-happy, inbred, *** or klan member. I've ridden lots of country
side in Michigan, ***ia, Canada and the Carolinas. Each has their fair
share of the malicious and inconsiderate as well as the helpful, warm and
friendly.

Some Tips:  "Come Back!" is friendly salutation, kind of like "Y'all come back
             some time ya' hear!."  They're not really asking you to come back.

             A tobaggen is a hat not a sled.

             Those green things they're serving at the cafeteria are
             probably collards, not spinach.

             If you order "tea" at a restaurant, you'll get iced tea
             (sweet or unsweet), not hot tea.

             Bring lots of water bottles!

Also, because the climate is milder, you'll find a lot less potholes. :)
It's a very beautiful area of the U.S.           ^ ^^^

Have Fun !,

Sara Easler

 
 
 

Biking in South/North Carolina, Virginia

Post by John McClatch » Thu, 05 May 1994 22:02:52


Quote:

>    I'm departing on a trip from South Carolina to ***ia in
>    about a week. I've recently been told by several people to
>    "be careful" as things can get a little hairy in some parts
>    at times. I don't mean to sound naive or anything, but
>    what exactly are people talking about?

You should ask them.  I am new to touring, but last Fall I rode from
Atlanta to Savannah through rural south Georgia.  I had a wonderful time.
Be sure to stop at rural general stores.  The proprietors of local stores
were always interested in our trip and route; they were ALWAYS very friendly.
When we got close to the coast, we were passed quite often by long logging
trucks.  This was unpleasant, but not because the drivers were ornery, just
in a hurry.  My experience in Atlanta is that the only time drivers get mean
is when they are on the way home, particularly on Friday night.  I don't know
if this is universal or not.  But don't be afraid of rural Southerners.