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#1 GeorgiaRoller

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:11 PM

Me and StreetBetty took the last 3days and got away to the Georgian Coast...better known as the Golden Isles. Georgia has about 100 miles of coastline on the Atlantic but we don't have any mainland beaches. The entire 100 mile coast is made up of barrier islands & salt marshes. It's a terrific place for migratory birds and it has excellent shrimp. By motorcycle you can visit Tybee, Wilmington, Skidaway, St. Simons, Sea Island & Jekyll Islands. But many of the islands are only accessible by boat such as Cumberland, Little St. Simons, Sapelo, St. Catherines & Ossabaw islands.

What I find nice about Georgia's coast is that the majority of the islands are not over built tourist traps. Some entire islands are nature preserves and are protected from development. For instance Jekyll Island is a State Park and is the prime nesting ground for Loggerhead Turtles. Cumberland Island is a nature preserve with wild horses running free as well. Sapelo island has two wildlife refuges located on it.

So since I'm somewhat of a naturalist at heart I'd much rather go here on a bike instead of say...Daytona beach. So we rode down to Savannah, walked river st., had some killer food, visited Tybee, St. Simons islands and stayed two nights Here on Jekyll Island. With it being a State Park it has to remain 65% undeveloped which made it very nice!

I ended up taking 166 pictures :blink: ....but I"ll only bore you with about 20. ;)

First we rode out to Tybee Island and saw this dude kite surfing.

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At times he'd get about 20' air off the ocean. It was very windy and he was hauling ass!!!

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Then we walked downtown Savannah and looked at many of the historic sites.

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We went out to dinner at Jazz'd Tapas and man was that good! :yahoo:

After starting out with some local "She Crab Stew" we got some "Cuban Rubbed Beef Satays" & "Martini Marinated Tenderloin Tips"

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Then we had to get some "Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops"

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And finally some homemade "Rum Bread Pudding"

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Then we rode down to Brunswick and crossed over the bridge to get to Jekyll Island.

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Jekyll Island was a private island for the elite of America a little over 100 years ago. The mega rich and most notable people of the late 1800's and early 1900's such as J.P. Morgan, Marshall Field, Joseph Pulitzer as well as the Rockefellers & Vanderbilts made Jekyll island their exclusive winter retreat here and they all built "cottages". All of the orginal cottages still remain and are in terrific condition. Here are just a few of them.

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Here are some of the sights we seen around the island.

Massive Live Oaks with Spanish Moss everywhere.

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Inter-Coastal waterway.

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Lots of nesting birds along the salt marshes.

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The Atlantic ocean beach side of the island.

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Driftwood beach...north end of the island.

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Old building ruin.

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More live oaks with spanish moss.

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Weird stuff growing everywhere.

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Then we rode back over the Brunswick Bridge and came down to visit St. Simons Island and found this guy chilling at the pier.

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St. Simons is a big nesting ground for several speices of Terrapin turtles. As you ride down the causeway over the salt marshes to reach the island from the mainland you'll notice Terrapin Turtle crossing signs along the road.

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Along the entire 4 or 5 mile route they have built passageways at the bottom of the cement median to allow the Turtles to cross the road.

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We rode 660 miles and had a great time. The bike was perfect. We had plenty of room for gear and I used the throttle lock a lot as we had to cruise at 80mph on the interstate to get down there. Even though I'm a self proclaimed "mountainman" I have to say visiting the coast is something I'll have to do more of!

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:20 PM

Excellent Ride Report! That is one of the few areas of the country I haven't ridden, and you are making me want to get there. Oh, and hungry. You are making me freaking hungry! Best food porn I've seen in a while.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:27 PM

That was some awesome pics! We lived about two blocks from the pier on St. Simons in the 90's for a few months. All those places bring back good memories. Did you visit Wet Willies in Savannah? That is a perinnial favorite stop. I am very suprised that you didnt have any world famous "Brunswick Stew"...Although what you had would blow that away!!
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:55 PM

Fantastic ride report and pics,, Thanks for the trip.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:28 PM

Awseome report. Great photos as well! You Sir, are an artist.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:30 PM

Great pics, especially the black & whites! Thanks for taking us along.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:40 PM

really nice pictures great ride
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:50 PM

Ok GR, I've been around this forum for sometime, seen the best of OrangevaleFJR, the effervescent bike RainCloudFollows, Old Michael, TwoWheelNut and others... and you are now breaching the sacred and hollow grounds of best RR's ever..

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"Tanks LA, for turning me on'.

I say the same to you, in Georgia town!

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:21 AM

Nice report...Oh, and great food porn

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:57 AM

Best food porn ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great RR. Thanks for showing us Left Coasties that there's more to beaches than the Pacific Coast Highway.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:07 AM

Nice report...Oh, and great food porn


+1, Gunny; Outstanding Ride Report and Photographs, food looked fantastic!

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:22 AM

Thanks! It was a much needed and much appreciated bike trip away from the M-F ratrace nonsense!!! I got a few more pics from the trip to share.

Here's a typical street in downtown Savannah.

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This is the Jekyll Island Club Hotel we stayed at.

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We even upgraded to these "Crotch Rockets" :o and peddled about 9 miles around the island. That was very relaxing!!!

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Here's another shot from Driftwood beach nearing sunset.

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Here's some of the critters we saw (actually saw 4 deer on the side of the road about 100 yards off the ocean on our way back after dark...scared the crap out of me!)

"Tree Rat"...aka squirrel

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Horseshoe crab

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Pelican...great colors!

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Old WWII vet walking his pet ferret on the pier. LOL. Nice old timer!

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:22 AM

Dude! Your RRs rock!:clapping:

My wife and I will definitely make that area a destination sometime in the near future. You sure you don't work for the Chamber of Commerce around there? Spectacular photos!:yahoo:

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:16 AM

Great report. Makes me want to go there when I have the time and money.
Thanks for then great pictures. Wonderful.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:09 AM

Great read. we are heading down that way in May. I may incorporate some of your ride into ours. Thanks

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:32 AM

Very nice! Thanks for sharing, sometimes the other cost looks like going to the moon for me thanks for taking me along.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:19 AM

So since I'm somewhat of a naturalist at heart I'd much rather go here on a bike instead of say...Daytona beach.

I agree! I'd much rather get away from it all than hit bike week any day!

Thanks for the great report and excellent pictures. Almost like riding through the keys it looks like....almost. As someone who lived on the coast of Florida most of his life and then moved inland, it's nice to see this kind of stuff every once in a while!

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:00 PM

Great RR GeorgiaR :clapping: Thanks for sharing. I'm having bean soup for dinner :(
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:07 PM

Nice pics!