Touring Saint Simons Island, GA

 

We spent the say touring St Simons Island, GA. It is a must stop if you are driving 95 through Georgia. It sits 30 miles north of the Florida boarder. Only about 5 miles off the freeway and down a 2-mile causeway, this slow paced historic island is a great stop!

Adventure Family In Motion

Adventure Family In Motion
Adventure Family In Motion

 

Adventure Family In Motion
Adventure Family In Motion

The Village is more of the historic downtown area with eclectic shops, great food and a beautiful pier. There are two great parks for the kids and to top it off the dolphins love to play near the pier! The island looks like ancient times with the Spanish moss. Take note, the moss is beautiful in the trees but once it falls on the ground, it becomes infested with chiggers, DO NOT WALK IN IT!

Adventure Family In Motion
Adventure Family In Motion

We spent a full Saturday riding our bikes around St Simmons Island and checking out all the sites. We parked the Adventure Van at the beginning of the causeway and road the bike path to the island. The fog was dense and visibility was only about a mile or less.

Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island

Our first stop on the island was SSI SUPS. The owner has extensive knowledge of SUPs, the island and originally comes from California where SUPs are huge. The walls are full of beautiful photography and the counter was packed with local jewelry.

SSI SUP
SSI SUP

Stop number two was at the Monkeywrench Bike Shop. A great shop which mainly featured rental bikes and beach cruisers, but the mechanics were a wealth of knowledge.  This shop has grown extensively in the past few years.  They had a Surly Pugsley on the showroom floor just begging for someone to purchase it and start knocking out some serious miles on the beach.

Moneywrench Bicycles
Monkeywrench Bicycles
Moneywrench Bicycles
Monkeywrench Bicycles
Moneywrench Bicycles
Monkeywrench Bicycles

We took a right out of the parking lot and headed down the bike path alongside the road, passing the golf course, beautiful homes and small shopping centers.  We biked to Fort Frederica, which was 5 miles from SSI SUP. A nice ride although the path was pretty bumpy and at times only wide enough for one bike.

Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA
Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA
Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA
Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA

Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA

We turned around at Fort Frederica and took the paths back. We stopped at The Growler Factory, because who can pass up the opportunity to sample craft beers. For $5 you can buy a growler and for another $5 you have it filled (depending on size and style of beer). There are over 40 kinds of craft brews to choose from.

Growler Factory, St Simons Island, GA
Growler Factory, St Simons Island, GA

After The Growler Factory we had lunch at Southern Soul BBQ, which sits at the corner of a busy roundabout in an old gas station. Sounds eclectic right, because it is! There is very limited seating inside, but long picnic tables outside that you can share with 10 of your new BFFs. A huge smoker sits on the outskirts smoking the days BBQ.  The menu consists of a variety of options, along with many beers on tap.   There is a reason this place has been featured on the Food Network channel; it’s GOOD!

Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA

 

St Simons Island is a great weekend get-away with lots of things for the family to do.  The views are great, plenty of places to bike.  Maybe rent a SUP from SSI SUPs and spend some time out in the water.  St Simons Island is an awesome place to relax via an active vacation.

 

Have you ever eaten at Southern Soul BBQ? When was your last stop at St. Simons Island?

Virginia Creeper, Damascus VA

In November we had the opportunity to knock out a few miles on the incredible Virginia Creeper trail in the western part of Virginia.  The Creeper trail is a two-track gravel path built on an old railway (rail to trail) and is fast becoming one of the more popular trails in the United States.  Our short trip on the trail helped us quickly realize why.

We chose to bike the trail in the autumn timeframe in order to take advantage of the falling leaves and changing colors of the surrounding forest.  I don’t mind biking up hill, however when I’m offered the opportunity I would prefer to bike down hill (who doesn’t).

With the Creeper trail, this is not only an option, but is the  “normal” method.  So on our first night in the town of Damascus VA, we stopped in at The Bike Station to secure our ticket up the hill the next morning.  The great people at The Bike Station locked us in a spot on the morning shuttle and also allowed us to park the Urban Adventure Van (UAV) in their parking lot for an overnight stay.

With both a shuttle for the morning trip secured and a place to park our home on wheels, we started searching for other intriguing places to check out.  It did not take us long to stumble into (and out of) the Damascus Brewery.  We ran through a full tasting of the beers they had on tap and additionally sampled the cider they had recently whipped up.  All incredible beers, making it difficult to choose just one, so I chose multiple.  The Damascus Brewery is yet another cool story of someone putting their mind to coming up with a dream and going for it!  We will be going back for future samplings.

 

 

In the morning we loaded the wife’s Salsa Vaya, my Surly Crosscheck and our daughter’s Thule Chariot stroller on a trailer pulled behind a van by The Bike Station team for a 30-minute drive up the hill to the White Top Station drop point.  The weather was great and the trip up the mountain was beautiful.  When we arrived, it took about 5 minutes to unload the bikes and we were off!  We bombed down the trail with our daughter behind in her Chariot stroller singing and laughing all the way.  Our bikes performed incredibly and the miles zipped by.  We stopped multiple times for pictures and to take in the scenery, however the 17 mile downhill trip back to Damascus only took about an hour an a half total.

The Creeper trail continues on past Damascus for another 17 or so miles, however during this trip we just didn’t have the time to bike the remaining miles, not to mention it was a little cold during this time of year.  The fall trip was nice to see the changing colors, but the trip could also be done during the spring or summer months providing a little warmth and less chance of rain and snow.  The Bike Station can rent you all the equipment you need for this family friendly bike adventure and Damascus Brewery can help assure you have a solid frosty adult beverage to enjoy after your ride.

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