21 miles to Hilton Head Island

This short day’s run was awesome, spent the morning and first part of the afternoon still exploring Savannah.  Since this was only a 21 mile run, we left River Street around 2:30pm. The current was ripping, seemed to be at least 4mph.  Heading down Savannah River was fast and easy, 1,000 Rpms had me going 12mph with the flow of the river.  Leaving Savannah River we took Fields Cut to Wright River. From here we followed a USCG tug and barge all the way through to Ramshorn Creek, then Cooper River which empties into Calibogue Sound directly across from Hilton Head Island.

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Charles Frasier had a vision when he developed Hilton Head Island, that was for families and visitors to come and be able to look up and see the stars.  That’s why there are no neon lights on the island.  The island is now 98% developed and yet one can always look up and see the stars; they also have a huge number of sea turtles who still come to the island to nest.   Hilton Head Harbour Town Yacht Basin is a great spot with free shuttles to the beach and resort amenities access as a marina guest.  Hilton Head Island is part of the Lowcountry region, the Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum marks the southwest tip.  We had some great food here and got to swim in the Atlantic.   Mike Drake, a great friend of the family, who lives here, came to see us and Pura Vida.  It was awesome to spend some time with him, and he shared much nautical wisdom and local knowledge of SC.  It was also cool to see his 02 7.3L F350, one of the last good diesels around, almost at 300k. Hopefully this can be my next truck when he wants to sell it.  We had a great meal at Quarterdeck right on the marina and shared some great wine and views.  My really good friend, Tyler Crochet, had his friend Scott drive him down from Charleston today so he can ride back to Charleston with us.  Tyler has been living in SC for 5 years now, it sure was great to see him, and we have a fun time ahead of us.  Courtney has been great to have aboard, she has been with me since Amelia Island and has been a great help.  Her grand dad has done the loop twice and has taught her good boating knowledge, its been a treat.

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