We left on a Saturday afternoon as soon as I got home from work. This put us leaving mid afternoon but that was cool, we knew we wouldn't make it far but at least we'd be on the road.
Kershaw, South Carolina at dusk.
We rode down I 85 to Kannapolis, North Carolina where we got on US 601. From there we would stay on 601 all the way to Orangeburg, South Carolina where we would pick up US 301 and stay on it all the way to Florida.
Around dusk we stopped in a little town in South Carolina called Kershaw so that we could stretch our legs and let Julie do her thing and find us a hotel for the night. Being the world traveler she is we assigned her that duty for the whole trip.
While she was doing her thing, Bryan got his camera out and took the two photos posted above. Julie was successful and secured us a room just down the road in Camden, South Carolina for the night.
Once there we checked in and went across the street to a nice local resteraunt for supper, then turned in for the night.
Going out to load the bikes the next morning we were greeted with this;
Obviously it was still cold in the Carolinas! We moved the bikes over to the sunny side of the building and let the sun melt the ice and dry them off some. After breakfast we used towels from the hotel to sry them off completely, then loaded them up with the bags and headed off for our first full day on the road.