|> 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.
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
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 !,