A local bike store employee recently suggested I check out the area around a little town called Ridgeville, he told me there was some nice bike rides on the surrounding country roads.
Ridgeville is about 11 miles Northwest of Summerville, South Carolina, just off Highway 78; I’ve ridden out there several weekends now.
When I pulled Ridgeville up on Google maps, I could see the whole area was just a maze of little country roads. You could easily ride a hundred miles if you wished, and still be reasonably close to home.
The only problem is that many of the roads marked on the map are dirt roads, and there is no way of telling which ones are paved until you get out and ride them. However, that is part of the adventure.
The roads that are paved are wide and of generally good surface and the great thing is, traffic is light; I estimate on average seeing one car per mile traveled. Many of the roads are shaded by old growth trees.
I found a couple of photo opportunities; the picture at the top of an old building, where a faded sign told me it was once a grocery store. Below is a tiny roadside cabin, beneath an ancient live oak tree, with the spanish moss hanging from its branches. So typical of the South.