This ride, to most visitors, will be a fairly long one as it ends at a point at the heel of the island. The destination is Fish Haul Creek Park located near the end of Beach City Road. You can pick up a map of the island that shows all the bike trails to plan your route.
You will want to bring binoculars, if you have them, as there is a lot of bird life to see here. The park has a covered observation deck that extends out into the marsh that offers great views of tidal creek and marsh. Then you can follow a dirt road that leads you to a point where Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic ocean converge. Here there is beach and marsh grass and, when the tide is down, mud flats that are always full of a wide variety of bird life.
It is a very quiet place and one where you can sit on the rocks that form two breakwaters (now being taken over by shifting sands) and just view the water and the birds in silence. This spot is nothing like the beach area where all the hotels, condos and ocean front homes are. Most people will never see this aspect of an ocean island. Enjoy it.
We would like to wish you all (not the spammers) a very happy Thanksgiving and hope you can manage to find a way to keep warm even while riding one of our wonderful, very well maintained bicycles. We don’t get a lot of very cold weather here, but it does happen. And if you don’t want to brave the elements, come on by our shop and check out the fine art in the Allaben Fine Art Gallery. We drink a toast (s) to you all!
A meeting today with Cary Kelly, head of the Sea Pines CSA, and the director of Sea Pines security, went as we expected. They will charge all bike companies outside the Sea Pines gates $1 for every bike delivered into Sea Pines to our customers. However, they will charge all the bike rental operations inside the gates nothing. This is an obvious attempt on their part to manipulate the bike rental market. Mr. Kelly skirted the issue of the bike companies inside when asked what they are paying. Typical arrogance shown by all CSA directors. We will charge that $1 to every bike we ship into Sea Pines to our customer, making it clear that it is a Sea Pines fee, not ours. As they say (pay attention arrogant CSA) what goes around comes around.
The Sea Pines Plantation CSA canceled the meeting scheduled for a couple weeks ago after being slammed with negative comments and press in the local paper for planning to charge $1.00 for every bike brought into the plantation by outside bike rental companies. Now the meeting is re-scheduled for Mon. Nov. 18 at which point they will tell us what they intend to do. Stay tuned.