Day Ten - November 8th, 2010

It is warmer to start. We leave the motel at 8:15h with a temperature of 38 degrees F, the sun is shining, the winds are calm, the roads seem good, the traffic is light, and we are all in good spirits.

Overall, this was a great riding day. We continue on hwy 321 from Chester, through Winnsboro, and to Columbia, SC. Just past Columbia in Cayce, we stop at the Southside Diner for a lunch. The temperature had raised up to 63F. We also met a 68 yr old cyclist here, John.

After leaving lunch and continuing onto 321, the traffic is the worst we have ever seen along this stretch of road. Again, we have to make a major decision; is this safe or are we being stubborn? We decide that safe is best. I phone Becky and have her come and find us. We load the bikes and again we are in the van. We came to ride bikes, not roll in a van.

Apparently, according to Becky who has been listening to the radio, there has been a highway closing on I-26 and all traffic is being diverted down 321. She didn't know why, or even what part of either hwy, but by the traffic flow, we figure we're in it. We drive to safety.

We finished in Denmark, SC, and check into the Carolina Inn. After our usual clean-up, some phone calls, and Internet catch-ups, we just head over to Subway for dinner.

Overall, a good riding day, just foiled near the end by deadly traffic.

Today I did 103k in 4h 50m for an average speed of 21.3k. As a note to this, I don't think I remember ever having an average speed this high on any day trip of 80k or greater.

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