My break in Seneca and traveling back to FLL was great! But it's time to get back on the road again! On 5/1 I traveled from Seneca, SC to Traveler's Rest, SC. It was a great day and an enjoyable ride! I was in good shape and felt good. The hills are getting consistent at this point. They are non-stop!
In the last 5-10 miles of the ride, I was on the Swamp Rabbit Bike Trail. It was obviously and old train track and probably a Rails to Trails initiative at some point. There were lots of roots under the pavement, so kinda bumpy, but it was very well used and felt good to get off the road. I also found out that when Google is going crazy, you're probably going the wrong way. That happened both on the 1st and yesterday. I figured that out and made sure I was going the right way. But you only find that out by stopping, taking out your phone and checking the route. Because even when you get going the right way, Google still goes crazy.
I also had a new thing. I've never listened to music before as I didn't want anything in my ears keeping me from hearing what was going on around me. However, I bought a pair of Aftershokz bone conduction earphones. The primary reason for the purchase was so I could listen to the Google prompts rather than music. But I figured I'd check it out. It was a pretty good compromise. I could still hear my surroundings, and definitely the Google prompts that were VERY helpful. It certainly made staying on the route much easier. The music made the time go more quickly (or so I thought), but it is still not the same as having all the surrounding noise from the road.
Once I got to Traveler's Rest, I found a brewery and they actually had Ubers available. So I went to have a couple of beers at the Swamp Rabbit Brewery. They had no food and the bar tender sent me to this sushi place for dinner that was spectacular! I'll have to say it was as good as (if not better) than Bluefin, my favorite place in Parkland! Great meal, probably too much wine, but a good nights sleep set me up for the ride to Forest City, NC!