Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kiawah Island

We decided to explore this resort island on the Atlantic coast near Charleston.  We visited there in part because it is very bike friendly with miles of paved trails and a long beach that you can ride on as well.  It is a 10-mile long former cotton plantation which in the mid 1970s launched as a planned resort community with several golf courses designed by renowned architects such as Dye, Fazio, Nicklaus, Player, and Watson.  The Ryder Cup has been played there and the 2012 PGA Championship will be played on the Ocean course.  The bike trails were great with smooth asphalt and loads of tree cover.  It was surprisingly easy to ride the beach at low tide on the more hard packed part closer to the water – waves of the ocean on one side and beautiful seaside homes on the other.  It was the first time we ever rode bikes on the beach.  And we had our first alligator sighting!

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