I’m just going to let some pictures tell the story of yesterday’s ride. These photographs were taken during a leisurely paced ride down Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina. If you follow along on Instagram the hashtag #rideTHATgreenville, you can see these and other images of our town. While you are at it, why not use the hashtag yourself to share your favorite scenes.
Heading downtown along Wade Hampton Blvd.
Sunday afternoon in the North Main Street neighborhood.
Quiet spin down the residential area of Greenville’s North Main Street.
Kickball in the park.
Stone Avenue and Main Street… more new construction in the city limits.
One of several couples out riding on Main Street.
Tree canopy above Main Street.
Peace Center for the Performing Arts
Overlooking the river walk from the Main Street bridge.
Enjoying lunch overlooking the Liberty Bridge and Falls Park.
Pedal Chic — one of several cycling shops in the area.
The one thing I will add is that I made a mistake and turned down a wrong way trying to create a loop back home. I ended up on a large highway that I actually had never ridden before (on a bike or in a car). What was supposed to be a simple 10 mile ride turned out to be close to 20 miles.
It is one of the fun things about cycling. So often wrong turns become adventures.
Some of my best ideas have come to me while riding a bicycle. There have been times when I’ve been trying to work through a logistical issue at work and I’ve left the office, thrown my leg over the top tube, and hit the road. After an hour, I’d return with solution in hand.
The following are some thoughts that came to my mind while spinning along a less traveled route. I tried to capture what inspired my thoughts with these photographs. Go ride! Go think!
Sometimes I ride because I know where I’m going. Other times because I don’t know which way to go. But I find that when I ride, I always get there.
Is the bicycle a time machine to take you from reality, or a telescope to help you see it more clearly? Perhaps it is both.
Sometimes you should take the road less traveled.
Ahhhhh, the excitement of new paths discovered.
Nothing ventured… Nothing gained… Wheeeeeeee!
Life. Even bicycles get caught in it.
These photos are from my Instagram account. Follow along!
Several days ago, I had the opportunity to hop on my bicycle and head up toward Saluda, North Carolina. This would lead me out from downtown Greenville into Northern Greenville County to Old Highway 25 and the watershed. This route (officially beginning at North Greenville University) is known as the Bakery Ride.
On my way out I left the GoPro running and enjoyed seeing some of the video from the ride. I’m posting it here to give you an idea of the scenery and roads that we get to enjoy. Notice also the traffic — or lack thereof.
Now, go out and enjoy the ride!
The Bakery Ride – 35 miles
Head North on North Tigerville Road
Turn left on Old SC 11
Turn right on Dividing Water Road
Turn right on Old Highway 25
Turn right on County Road 23-17
Cross SC/NC border (becomes Mountain Page Road)
Turn right on Main Street (NC 176)
Get yourself a sticky bun at Wildflour Bakery!
Turn left on Main Street (NC 176)
Turn left on Mountain Page Road
Cross NC/SC border (becomes County Road 23-17)
Turn left on Old Highway 25
Turn left on Dividing Water Road
Turn left on Old SC 11
Turn right on North Tigerville Road
You’ve worked off that sticky bun!