Our "Golden Isles" Trip
Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:11 PM
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 ....but I"ll only bore you with about 20.
First we rode out to Tybee Island and saw this dude kite surfing.
At times he'd get about 20' air off the ocean. It was very windy and he was hauling ass!!!
Then we walked downtown Savannah and looked at many of the historic sites.
We went out to dinner at Jazz'd Tapas and man was that good!
After starting out with some local "She Crab Stew" we got some "Cuban Rubbed Beef Satays" & "Martini Marinated Tenderloin Tips"
Then we had to get some "Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops"
And finally some homemade "Rum Bread Pudding"
Then we rode down to Brunswick and crossed over the bridge to get to Jekyll Island.
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.
Here are some of the sights we seen around the island.
Massive Live Oaks with Spanish Moss everywhere.
Lots of nesting birds along the salt marshes.
The Atlantic ocean beach side of the island.
Driftwood beach...north end of the island.
Old building ruin.
More live oaks with spanish moss.
Weird stuff growing everywhere.
Then we rode back over the Brunswick Bridge and came down to visit St. Simons Island and found this guy chilling at the pier.
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.
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.
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!
Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:20 PM
FJR#1 - The 'Dirty Ol Whore' - 2004 non-abs - RIP @ 226,400 - Gone, but not forgotton.
FJR#2 - The 'Hula Girl' - 2004 ABS - 143k
FJR#3 - The 'Virgin' - 2004 ABS - 4344 miles, a garage queen - Brundog would be proud!
FJR#5 - The Bastard POS Gen II - 2009A - 42k
Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:27 PM
The line between badass and dumbass is not only fine, it is a grey, wavy line, and in a different place for each individual.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:28 PM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:30 PM
'12 Super Tenere
Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:50 PM
Like the old disc jockey Patton used to say,
"Tanks LA, for turning me on'.
I say the same to you, in Georgia town!
I wouldn't change a fucking thing; I've lived hard, played hard, and I ain't done yet. I've paid some severe penalties along the way, but the rewards have been so much greater; even if for just have participating in the game of life with utmost abandon. It's not who rides the furthest in a day, but rather in a lifetime. CBA member #1, IBA #31845 and very proud of both.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:21 AM
Take the long way home
Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:57 AM
Great RR. Thanks for showing us Left Coasties that there's more to beaches than the Pacific Coast Highway.
(My vaguest apologies to OM)
"Someone is always faster than you." Al "Feeger"
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:07 AM
Nice report...Oh, and great food porn
+1, Gunny; Outstanding Ride Report and Photographs, food looked fantastic!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:22 AM
Here's a typical street in downtown Savannah.
This is the Jekyll Island Club Hotel we stayed at.
We even upgraded to these "Crotch Rockets" and peddled about 9 miles around the island. That was very relaxing!!!
Here's another shot from Driftwood beach nearing sunset.
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
Old WWII vet walking his pet ferret on the pier. LOL. Nice old timer!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:22 AM
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!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:16 AM
Thanks for then great pictures. Wonderful.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:09 AM
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:32 AM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:19 AM
I agree! I'd much rather get away from it all than hit bike week any day!
So since I'm somewhat of a naturalist at heart I'd much rather go here on a bike instead of say...Daytona beach.
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!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:00 PM