Mountains to the Sea: Backroads Boogie around the Palmetto State – A Damn Yankee in Jeff Davis’s Court

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Damn Yankee. No, not the Broadway play. Damn Yankee is a term of endearment to those of us from up nawth who came to the South, but didn’t go back. That’s me. Although I have lived in the South now for more years than I lived up north, I am still not considered a southerner by the locals. So be it.

A most gorgeous Sunday presented itself to me last week, so, not being one to waste a beautiful riding day, this Yankee decided to fire up the big Honda and take a nature and historical tour through some beautiful South Carolina countryside. My first destination would be Hickory Knob State Park, a beautiful park that borders on the Georgia/South Carolina state line.

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The ST quietly takes in the new spring growth at Hickory Knob

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Old barns like this are found all over rural South Carolina

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The road into Hickory Knob makes motorcyclists smile

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Roo and I come to Hickory Knob each year to participate in the Xterra Trail race series. This park has a great trail system as well as multiple lakes to paddle in.

The trails we run on are single track and gnarly!

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The lakes surrounding this park are beautiful!

This time of year showcases new spring growth!

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A beautiful morning indulging in nature. After a bit of sustenance and a short hike in the woods, it’s time to straddle the V4 and take a swing through history.

Abbeville, South Carolina and the Ordinance of Secession

I pilot the beaST through beautiful South Carolina countryside where everything is in early spring bloom. My destination is Abbeville, a small, quintessential southern town with huge historical significance; local, regional, and national. It also has a couple of good cafe’s, and I’m hungry.

Abbeville town square

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Abbeville was settled in 1764 by French Huguenots, and named after their hometown (hover over pic for captions).

Exterior wall paintings depicting old French posters

Memories of my childhood: slot car racing!

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Abbeville’s Role in the American Civil War

Abbeville has the unique distinction of being both the birthplace and the deathbed of the Confederacy. On November 22, 1860, a meeting was held to discuss and implement the secession of the southern states from the Union. This meeting took place in Abbeville on  a place known as “Secession Hill.” The motion was agreed upon, and an Ordinance of Secession was drawn up. One month later, South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union.

Every Southern town has a Confederate War Memorial

At the end of the Civil War, Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America, fled Richmond, Virginia (the Confederate capital). On his way south, he stopped overnight at a friends house in Abbeville. On May 2, 1865, in his friends parlor, Jefferson Davis officially acknowledged the dissolution of the Confederate government.

One more photo had to be taken on the way home:

A beagle club!

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South Carolina is also known as the iodine state due to the large percentage of iodine found in fruits and veggies grown here.

Another wonderful day aboard the ST exploring our adopted home state!

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