I recently purchased a Bianchi road bike from my favorite bike shop, Pedal Chic, in Greenville, SC. They have been so helpful to me, a novice road cyclist but avid cruiser bike rider. I really want to take my cycling to the next level. Notice I did not name the model of my new road bike because I am a newbie and don't really care about that … yet.
I took my beautiful new bike out for a long ride this morning, all by myself, on the beautiful country roads where I live in the southern part of Greenville county. I heard that Happy Cow Creamery is a good destination from my house and an attainable distance for me, 10 miles out, so I chose that route.
I arrived at Happy Cow in about 45 minutes and drove up the gravel drive to find some really happy looking cows.
I went inside the small retail shop and grabbed a NC Gala apple, some pepper string cheese and a bottle of water. I saw that they had cheese curds, a favorite from my home state Wisconsin, and struck up a conversation with the ladies behind the desk. They told me about an upcoming anniversary celebration they are having on October 6th. Sounds like it will be fun with a live band and all kinds of food sampling. I was amazed at all the local food they had in their small shop; everything from fresh shrimp from Charleston to chicken breading, pretzel rolls, some amazing looking cinnamon rolls to pumpkin butter. I came up 34 cents short and they told me to pay it when I come back next time. I will definitely be heading back there to get some goodies.
I left the dairy and headed back home but noticed a sign for City Scape Winery and Supply 1.5 miles down a side road. I had to check it out. I was somewhat familiar with the wine but had never seen their facility. It is a nice little homestead with another small retail shop. I went inside and was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful tasting room.
The owners, Anita and Wayne Tamme, were very friendly and invited me to sample some wine. I tried the Uptown White (dry and very good) and the Pineapple Riesling (not too sweet and interesting taste). They told me about their tasting events and I told them about a ride a lead from Pedal Chic bike shop called Spin & Sip every Tuesday night. We came up with the idea of a tasting ride and I am excited to start planning it. Check back for more details soon.
I headed back home and it started to rain a little. I loved the smell of the fresh rain hitting the pavement and it cooled me off. The ride was such and inspiration to get out and explore all there is here in Greenville and the surrounding areas. You can do it by yourself or in a group. Experiencing the countryside on two wheels instead of four is a great way to discover hidden gems.
Week Two: I rode this route again with a friend who is a much more experienced cyclist. I learned a few things. We also swung by Cedar Falls on this ride and were impressed by the beauty of the falls. The climb back up is challenging but worth the effort.
I would love to hear about your experiences and recommendations for more routes in Greenville. I really don't mind the hills. My goal is to make it up Paris Mountain by the end of the fall. Please leave your comments below and subscribe if you enjoyed this post.
Written by Wendy Lynam owner of Greenville Marketing Lab and cycling enthusiast.
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