Myrtle Beach, SC (August 2013) – Tami and I wanted for a few years now to take a long distance motorcycle ride together. So, given the chance with short notice, we decided to go to a dream location of Tami’s, Myrtle Beach, SC and we had only 5-days.
I made sure that our oils where changes for the 2,000 mile trip and that our bikes where in good general working order to make the adventure. We planned everything, well almost everything; we’ll get into that in a bit. From the packing standpoint, we agreed that I’d carrier most of the baggage, as I had the HD luggage that fit perfectly into my saddlebags (Thx Craigslist). and I’d strap the rest to the backseat of my ride.
We started out in the afternoon and wanted to get past NYC and into NJ for the night. It was a bit difficult when we started, it was raining and we thought that doing 55 – 65 mph on the highway would be fine with the yellow rain-suits from Walmart that Tami purchased that morning. NOT THE CASE. We looked like halloween zombies on motorcycles as the rain suits ripped to sheds. We just faced the rain with clothes on our backs. The rain finally stopped about 30-mins after this. It was a bit tense in NYC as Rte 95 was under construction with deep groove roads, you know the grooves I’m talking about, the ones just before they lay new asphalt, the ones the huge machine that grinds the road. Yes, grooves was one challenge, another was what seem to be speed bumps that we leaped over. Not really speed bumps, but joins in the road that acted like jumps at 55+ mph. To add to our wide eyed irises was that it was dark. The sun was almost over the horizon, the street lights are on and car are whizzing by us like we’re standing still, crossing lanes like it was a NASCAR race. We got into NJ and stopped for the evening as we where tired from driving 8+ hours.
We started the following day and we wanted to make it to MB in good time. It didn’t rain a bit from NJ to SC or till we got 45 mins from our MB hotel. Again, this was 10pm at night and its pitch black out on wet country-like roads that connected these small towns together. Not the most fun in the rain, but we were excited to get to the beach, even if it was dark. Let me remind you or explain to non-riders that when its wet / cold and your covering your nose and mouth from rain that feels like pins and needles hitting your face…… plus your body is warmer, it creates glass/goggles to fog up quickly. Meaning, I can’t see squat in front of me…. Let me tell you, we slept good that night.
It rained the following day, so we checked out the beach on foot and we walked down the boulevard in/out of the shops. Checked out the Landshark Bar (Jimmy Buffet owned) and had some lunch next to the huge ferris wheel and park. If it was a warm sunny day, this would be the bar to be at…. right on the beach. We jumped into a shop and Tami even tried on some SWEET footwear!!!
Finally, we had a great time on this trip and look forward to the next bike trip.