Thank you Linda for joining us in Charleston and posting on our blog. We had a great time and can’t wait to see you in Chicago. Our trip to Charleston ended with tours of Fort Sumter, the Old Slave Mart, a rickshaw ride through the historic district, participation in the Cooper River 10k Run/Walk, an incredible breakfast at the Fat Hen, and a visit to the 500 year old Angel Oak Tree.
Visiting historic sites never gets old. With Fort Sumter you walk the battered grounds where the first shot of the Civil war was fired. The Old Slave Mart Museum is on the actual site where countless humans were bought and sold. It was interesting to learn that importing slaves was actually outlawed in 1808 by Congress. The marts in Charleston were therefore created for moving US born slaves (and those already enslaved). The citizens of Charleston were well aware of the sordid nature of the business and how it disturbed visitors to the city, so they moved the auctions off the public streets and into the relative privacy of the buildings. The Museum does a great job describing the inhumane treatment of the slaves and their families. Well worth a visit if you find yourself in Charleston. Very sobering.
As Linda described in her blog post, the city of Charleston is bordered by 2 rivers that join to form Charleston Harbor. The river on the East side of the city is the Cooper River which is spanned by a beautiful suspension bridge that dominates the skyline.
Every year Charleston is host to over 40,000 runners and walkers for the Cooper River Run. They claim to be the 4th largest 10k in the country. We couldn’t pass it up. Turns out that getting to the event is just as much fun as participating. The day started at 5AM
with a nice walk to the ferry (the run starts on the Mt. Pleasant side of the mighty Cooper), a ferry ride across the river, a bus ride to the vicinity of the start of the race, and a mile walk to the start line. Of course they have to stagger the start of the race due to the amount of runners so we slowly walked for another 35 minutes (Robin’s wave waited 50 minutes) to the start line. After all of that the race was a breeze, and running over the bridge was fantastic. Kudos to Charleston for keeping the whole event well organized and fun. Amazing security as well. Race Results: Bob finished 6,340th and Robin 21,484th.
So naturally after all of that activity to start the day, we ended it by taking a bicycle rickshaw to dinner.
OK foodie followers….we are admitting to a slight addiction to Shrimp and Grits. Just can’t pass them up (even for Huevos Rancheros!). I strongly recommend adding a poached egg to the mix if not on the menu.
As we enter our 9th week on the road, we find ourselves in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This week will be a memorable one as we will be attending the opening round of the Masters Golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, guests of Ric and Debbie (and of course Courtney) Jeffries. Those of you who have visited our home in San Ramon may be aware of the large picture behind our couch in the family room. Most homes have portraits of the family, we have Rae’s Creek, the Hogan and Nelson bridges and the 12th green at Augusta. A big bucket list item will be checked off in a few days….we are incredibly excited. We’ll post again after we come down off our high later this week.