Ask the Expert: My Top 3 recommendations for a Southern bicycle tour

Dawn Lange

I love my rides, and seeing the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia on a bicycle is a trip I will always remember. It was as exhilarating as it was relaxing, and I was able to get an intimate taste of Southern charm I had never known. To get the most out of your Southern two-wheeled adventure, here are a few of my recommendations.

Gearing up

I recommend starting out on some smaller bike rides, at least two months ahead of time, and then work your rides up to about 20 miles a day—and bike shorts are a must! Don’t worry about looks. For the hours you’ll spend on the seat of a bike, you’ll appreciate the extra comfort they provide.

Less is more

Speaking of clothing, be sure to pack light as temperatures in South Carolina and Georgia are typically warm and humid. If you prefer less humidity and cooler temps, a visit in early-spring or late-fall, is best. No matter when you go, most places you’ll visit, as well as meals, casual dress is accepted, but be sure to pack rain gear. The lush vegetation and coastal environments mean it will probably rain at some point. Stop by our AAA stores to equip yourself with all your travel needs—not only with planning for your trip, but also with rain gear, luggage, water bottles, and other travel accessories.

Southern exposure

In both Charleston and Savannah, and everywhere in between, you’ll enjoy fantastic Southern cooking and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Plus, this area is full of history and hospitality, and nothing depicts that more than its architecture, its great mansions, its vast plantations, its beautiful islands, and its captivating charm.

Dawn Lange is a Travel Agent in the Southwest Metro store. She is a one of AAA Colorado’s President’s Club Award recipients, a Certified Travel Counselor, and holds several Destination Specialist designations, and has been with AAA Colorado for more than 14 years. Contact Dawn at 8601 W. Cross Drive, Littleton; 720-593-5251; or dlange@colorado.aaa.com.