Surfside Beach is my second home and every visit takes me back to simpler times. That first night I’m always itching to ride a bike the 2.5 miles to the pier and make the walk to the end. It’s my routine. I put in my headphones and sing away, without a care in the world.
20 mins flat.
Being July 4th weekend, an abundance of locals and tourists are intermingling in this hot spot halfway down the eastern coastline. Fireworks are popping everywhere and the sea breeze is a welcome relief from the stifling summer temps.
The band at the cafe sucks in a good crowd, but I always opt to venture onward to the southern point for more live music. It is one of my happy places. When you roll up to the classic “Angel Eyes”, I sink into a seat and love just tuning out from the real world for a few hours.
This particular visit was a doozy.
My bike tires were a little low on air, so I had to dig in for a tough ride (38 mins). No biggie. However….. little did I know that Tropical Storm Colin decided to circulate out of nowhere just off the SC coast AND it graced us with a wave of rain just as the last song (one of my favs “Summer of ‘69”) finished. I laugh it off and powered through (even had a ziploc bag to keep my phone dry). BUT a mile into my trek back home, I’m struggling and finally succumb to a flat tire. I walked the last 1.5 miles in the pour down rain at midnight AND had a freakin’ blast!!!!
Chalk it up to another GDC moment!