Favorite Rides & Destinations

Fall 2017

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www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 29 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02 invented the cotton reaper and donated land for the town that would bear his name. The town's old cotton gin was turned into a gristmill and is one of the few remaining mills of its type in the nation, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. My route through Sumter National Forest brought me to antebellum Abbeville, a Preserve America Community established in 1758 that's defined by its brick paved town square, Beaux Arts architecture and historic corner opera house. Statesman John C. Calhoun, congressman, senator, vice president, secretary of war, secretary of state, was born here and had a law office in town. I rejoined the Savannah River National Scenic Highway at Calhoun Falls and proceeded to the state park of the same name. As far as state parks in South Carolina are concerned, I was discovering that some require the tenter to park and walk to the site, which irks me, as it would any motorcyclist. So I'd first scout the camp to determine if the BMW K 1200 LT could be turned around with the help of reverse. Then I anointed the 850-pound beast a trail machine, floundering over ruts through the woods. My plan, should a park ranger get testy about it, was to apologize and truthfully state that I was a DAV (Disabled American Veteran), and hope for the respect generally accorded a veteran of late. Walhalla is called Gateway to the Blue Ridge, and here is where State " I LEARNED THE BUILDING WAS BUILT CIRCA 1910 FOR COTTON STORAGE, BUT IS NOW USED AS A CONFERENCE CENTER AND RECEPTION HALL. This café is named for the wild horses that roam the region.

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