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March 24, 2012 / rickhermelin

Day 2 – Ridgeland, SC to Springfield, GA

Ben and Katie sent me off with a good breakfast and lots of good wishes, picture below (sorry for the blurry picture). Took off around 8:45 am and the weather cooperated for the first hour or so, then went through some showers that actually felt good compared to yesterday’s heat. Mostly narrow two lane roads but in good condition. Made it to Springfield before the downpour and thunder started around 1:30 pm and lasted a couple of hours.

While keeping out of the rain in a local pub, Kelly’s Tavern, I met a couple who helped me get a place to stay tonight in a big motorhome with a group of motorcycle riders at a gathering in a local exhibit park. Sorry I don’t have the groups name but will post it tomorrow. A group of very nice people promoting education.



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  1. Jim Wallace / Mar 24 2012 4:24 pm

    How is the pack working out? What was your average speed and total miles etc. Did you meet the guy at Parris Island gate?


    • rickhermelin / Mar 25 2012 1:01 pm

      Pack is working well, better without those 4 lbs I shipped back. Aerage moving speed has been about 12 mph and I’ve done about 100 miles so far (i’m posting my Garmin logs on Facebook)/.
      Yes, I got to meet Capt Patrick, very nice guy and he took a spin on the ElliptiGO.

  2. Ben Rountree / Mar 24 2012 5:29 pm

    Rick. Katie, Collins and myself are so glad to have spent last night with you on your 1st of 99 nights! How was the climb over Savannah River when you left the low country? Enjoy this flat land for as long as you can! We will keep posted- ben

    • rickhermelin / Mar 25 2012 1:22 pm

      Climb was not too bad and I will enjoy the flats as long as I can. Thanks again for your hospitality.

  3. Jed Schneider (@jedschneider) / Mar 25 2012 7:38 am

    We saw you outside Tillman, SC (the group of cyclists going the other way) and put it together when i read the article in the Island Packet today.

    Good luck to you and the cause!

  4. Darlene Thornton / Mar 25 2012 7:30 pm

    ABATE..American Bikers Active Towards Education

  5. rickhermelin / Mar 26 2012 10:53 am

    Thanks Darlene, looked it up and already included it in my Day 3 post. Thank you all for your hospitality.

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