Not much to see in Orangeburg but it was a ride I wanted to complete at least once. There is an 8 mile stretch on Hwy 78 that is pretty stressful traffic wise. I dreaded that segment on the way up and back. Things chill out once you get on Hwy 178. The majority of the ride is on Hwy 178.
After taking a spin around Orangeburg I took a wrong turn and asked Google navigation to get me home. I’m so glad I did that. Google navigation recommended a different route back to Hwy 178 that was really nice. Quiet more scenic roads were very welcomed. I always dread riding the same route up and back.
At about mile 80 I was chased by a pack of dogs. As soon as I recovered from that sprint another pack of dogs chased me. That was the last thing I needed that late in this ride.
I bought a smart weight scale recently. I weighed 165.8 at 10:38 AM. After this ride I weighed 156.1. A loss of 9.7 pounds. I presume it was water loss even though I drank nearly 96 fluid ounces and ate a banana, gels, Nekot cookies, Clif bar. I’ll gain that weight back quickly. The amount lost was higher than I anticipated. The human body is amazing.