Myrtle Beach, SC. trip


Reports and stories from trips, planning of gatherings, questions about how to get there!
  • Sponsored Links
Post Reply
User avatar
dingdong
Posts: 3157
Joined: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:35 am
Location: Oklahoma City
Motorcycle: 1976 gl1000
1993 gl1500
2004 NRX1800 Rune

Myrtle Beach, SC. trip

Post by dingdong » Sun May 21, 2017 7:12 pm



Just returned from a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC. The wife wanted to go somewhere and relax. (We had a very nice time there). Have to keep her happy once in a while. This time of year (before Memorial Day) the resort prices are less than highway motel prices. Went through the Smoky Mountain NP and even rode the Tail of the dragon. Really not impressed with the Dragon. (Too many idiots on their sport bikes). I don't know why so many people are enamored with the Tail. ??? However, all together we had a great ride. 3200 miles total.

Edit: On the trip home the weather started to get bad. Rode through some medium heavy rain but 200 miles from home in Ft Smith Arkansas the weather started to look really bad. We stopped because of this and stayed the night. 3 inches of rain started just an hour after we stopped. Thunder and lightning all night long. The following morning all was good but very cool and cloudy and 60º. Rode the rest of the way home with our rain gear on. Brrrrr!


Tom

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

harvey01
Posts: 815
Joined: Thu May 31, 2012 7:14 pm
Location: Henrico, Virginia
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800

Re: Myrtle Beach, SC. trip

Post by harvey01 » Sun May 21, 2017 9:10 pm

Sorry about the rain but it is just part of touring although you did the smart thing and stopped for the night rather than pushing your luck!

The Tail of the Dragon offers 318 turns in 11 miles which makes it a neat place to ride. Unfortunately as you note many folks show up there with no idea how to ride a motorcycle on mountain roads and many show up who think it is a race track. I know that TN state troopers do patrol it heavily in the summer and on weekends but it has gained such a reputation that many have to go there.

Yes there are other roads just as challenging with a couple of them in Arkansas. But it is the most famous! Or infamous!
harvey
Ride Safe and Ride Often

User avatar
offcenter
Posts: 398
Joined: Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:10 pm
Location: Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
Motorcycle: 99 Gl-1500 SE
76 GL-1000
77 Honda Trail 90

Re: Myrtle Beach, SC. trip

Post by offcenter » Tue May 30, 2017 8:05 pm

Hey DingDong!
Way back in the late '70s I went to Myrtle Beach and camped right on the beach
in sight of the ocean with my van. Do they still allow this?
I believe it was an official campground on the beach.
George in Jersey.
99 Goldwing GL-1500 SE
76 Goldwing Gl-1000
77 Honda CT-90 "Trail 90"

User avatar
detdrbuzzard
Posts: 1013
Joined: Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:54 am
Location: 42.23/83.33/636
Motorcycle: '84 aspencade,'93se
'75750.'79750/9k
'79 750f.'85450sc
'06 st1300a

Re: Myrtle Beach, SC. trip

Post by detdrbuzzard » Wed May 31, 2017 3:53 am

sounds like you had a good time despite the rain and the tail of the dragon. I agree there are better roads to ride than the tail, even in the same area
'99 ST1100, '93 se
'75 cb750k, '79 cb 750f, '79 cb750 superK
cb 450sc, sunL70
'06 st1300a
.... william

User avatar
dingdong
Posts: 3157
Joined: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:35 am
Location: Oklahoma City
Motorcycle: 1976 gl1000
1993 gl1500
2004 NRX1800 Rune

Re: Myrtle Beach, SC. trip

Post by dingdong » Wed May 31, 2017 7:12 am

offcenter wrote:Hey DingDong!
Way back in the late '70s I went to Myrtle Beach and camped right on the beach
in sight of the ocean with my van. Do they still allow this?
I believe it was an official campground on the beach.
I saw one campground on the beach. Pretty much all hotels and condos.
Tom

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

harvey01
Posts: 815
Joined: Thu May 31, 2012 7:14 pm
Location: Henrico, Virginia
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800

Re: Myrtle Beach, SC. trip

Post by harvey01 » Wed May 31, 2017 9:08 am

offcenter wrote:Hey DingDong!
Way back in the late '70s I went to Myrtle Beach and camped right on the beach
in sight of the ocean with my van. Do they still allow this?
I believe it was an official campground on the beach.
That really brings back memories! I remember doing that at Ocean City, MD and VA Beach among others. During the late 1960's that was the only way I could afford to go to the beach. Usually it was a few guys and maybe a tent with sleeping bags and maybe just a blanket! Seems that it is now very illegal at most beaches!


harvey
Ride Safe and Ride Often

Post Reply



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest