We really feel like we've made progress! We're at the Atlantic coast in Charleston, South Carolina! There is so much to do in this city that we had to stop and spend a while. Besides, we wanted to savor the accomplishment of biking all the way from Wisconsin.
We tighten our bike helmets and dodged the Atlanta traffic, finally making it across the state of Georgia safely. Meghan, Jean and I could not wait to get to Greenville, SC and were headed straight downtown. Downtown Greenville is ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine and is known for its scenic attractions. We made our way to Falls Park on the Reedy and climbed up the Liberty Bridge that overlooks Reedy River Falls. After having just traveled 291 miles from Birmingham, AL, you could say our legs were a bit tired but we couldn't miss out on the views. We were greeted by many fellow bikers enjoying the Swamp Rabbit Trail within the park. Greenville actually has a bicycle friendly community initiative called Bikeville so we couldn’t have felt more at home. We snapped beautiful pictures and enjoyed this oasis within the city for the rest of the afternoon.
Leaving Chattanooga and heading southwest to Birmingham, Alabama, we knew we had a real challenge - just getting into Alabama would be tough. We had a major climb about 1,500 feet in elevation change between Georgia and Alabama. Meghan and I made Morgan, being the most physically fit of the three of us, take the front seat on the way up. That way she wouldn't see when we slacked off in pedaling! Going down I wanted to be in charge of the brakes because, being the oldest of the three, my nerves couldn't take a crazy roller coaster ride!
Home sweet home! After leaving the good ol’ Blue Grass Region, we crossed state lines into my home state, Tennessee! Growing up in Nashville, I had to take my fellow Pedal Pushers to all my favorite nostalgic places and I knew exactly where our first stop should be, Krystal’s! Most people from the Midwest know of White Castle, but few know of the delicious goodness of a Krystal cheeseburger slider. To say the least, Jean and Morgan were not disappointed with their slider choices. After lunch, we hoped back on the bike and met Justin Few, Director of Property Management, at the legendary Ryman Auditorium for an afternoon jam session with John Prine and special guest Chris Smither. What a great piece of Nashville history! Knowing that we still had 142 miles to Chattanooga, we gathered our cowboy hats and boots and took off toward the horizon.
What started as a whim has become a mission for the Pedal Pushers, and that mission has taken on a human face. We'd like to introduce you to Margaret (Midge) McWhirter.
With the weather warming up as we move further south, we found ourselves peddling faster than we ever have before! This past Tuesday, we arrived to the good ol’ Bluegrass State and “Horse Capital of the World”, Lexington, Kentucky! We couldn’t help but stop by Keeneland to place a bet on Catch a Glimpse. Our bets payed off as later that evening - he won the G3 Herecomesthebride race!
We left the western Chicago suburbs a week ago, and today we made it to Cincinnati! It was quite a trek across Indiana, but we made it. Almost 500 total miles biked - not quite 10% there!
Springs at Liberty Township Apartments is northeast of Cincinnati. Interestingly, they seem to name roads for their beginning and end points. Our community is on Hamilton Mason Road - a thoroughfare that goes from Hamilton, OH to Mason, OH. We are pretty close to Cin-Day Road, which connects Cincinnati and Dayton. Not a bad idea for directionally challenged people like me!
We spent just enough to time at Springs to check out a great shopping area right down the street, Liberty Town Center. Although we were there during the day, you can tell it must be hopping in the evenings, with great places to eat. Our future residents will love it! My favorite place was Celebrate Local because had such interesting Ohio items and gave us a taste of the local culture.
Being in Cincinnati, we had to have their famous chili. Most people have heard of Skyline Chili, and we were going to stop there, but Meghan, who has some relatives in the area, suggested we try Gold Star Chili. Excellent choice!
Before we left we were able to shoot a short video, then it was on to Springs at Winchester Road in Lexington, Kentucky!
With food in our bellies firing our motivation, we cross the state line and head to our next destination, North Aurora, IL. We enjoy the trails through a long string of three wood preserves before picking up the pace to Springs at Orchard Road. Along the way we had many Aurora natives compare us to George Hood. “Who is that?” you might ask. He was on a mission similar to ours and set the record for the longest time spent on a spin bike – a whopping 222 hours, 22 minutes and 22 seconds! We don’t plan on beating that record or sitting on a stationary bike for over nine days, but his dedication makes our first 145 miles sound like a breeze. We finally hit our endpoint of this leg and meet three veterans from Aurora that received the Presidential Medal of Honor, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, for their service in World War II and Vietnam. We are humbled to hear their stories and it solidifies we chose a great charity to partner with, the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.
The team at Bridlewood wished us a fond farewell and we shoved off to our next designation. Kenosha, Wisconsin is located on the far southern border of the state. We took a nice, leisurely ride down US 45, rolling many quaint towns along the way.
What started as an idle conversation has turned into a quest, and it all starts here, in Continental's Home Office in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. This is the first post in our "travel" blog, and to quote Maria Von Trapp singing "Do-Re-Mi" in the Sound of Music "Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start."