Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge


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The three-mile-long Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge crosses the Cooper River between Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. The bridge has a pedestrian and cycle lane with fabulous views to the city, the river and out to sea. We got the bikes down and spent a great day riding through Charleston and across the bridge, and explored a bit of Mt. Pleasant on the other side.

Trip highlights from January 2nd, 2017 in Charleston, SC follow follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps

1/2/2017
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Bikes

Ready for the day’s ride.
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Biergarten

An excellent lunch on the patio at the Bay Street Biergarten. Although we like high-latitude cruising, we have to admit we are enjoying the warmer weather further south.
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Towers

The pedestrian and cycle lane was surprisingly busy given the 6-mile round trip. We passed at least a hundred people. This is looking east beneath one bridge tower to the next.
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USS Yorktown

Looking south across the USS Yorktown from the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to sea. The diesel submarine USS Clagamore is visible at the right of the picture. Both ships are part of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.
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Mt. Pleasant Pier

After crossing the bridge we biked down to the end of the 1250-foot long Mt. Pleasant Pier that extends under the bridge.
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Under Bridge

Looking up to the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge from the Mt. Pleasant Pier.
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Submarine Memorial

The Cold War Submarine Memorial has excellent interpretive signs detailing the history of submarine evolution during the Cold War.
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Patriots Point

The destroyer USS Laffey moored beside the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. We plan to visit in a couple of days.
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Break

Taking a break along the boardwalk at the Charleston Resort and Marina with the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in the background and the USS Yorktown just visible on the right.
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Spirit of Charleston

The Spirit of Charleston mustn’t draw much—that’s pretty shallow water.
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College of Charleston

The College of Charleston has a large sports complex at Patriots Point, including a tennis center and stadiums for softball, soccer and baseball. This is the softball stadium.
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Maersk

A Maersk container ship heading to sea between the Charleston Resort and Marina and the island Shutes Folly, viewed from the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. It sure looks tight. The name Shutes Folly derives from an early owner, Joseph Shute, using the Colonial custom of describing a Carolina sea island as a “folly.”
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Irish Memorial

Jennifer standing on a map of Ireland in the Charlotte Street Park. The memorial recognizes the contribution of the many Irish who contributed to Charleston’s early growth and development.
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BMW

A BMW plant is just outside Charleston and thousands of BMW vehicles were ready to load at the docks adjacent to the Charlotte Street Park.
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Passing

While we were at the Charlotte Street Park, several large container ships arrived and departed, passing in the tight channel. It looked pretty risky.
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Ningbo

Cosco Ningbo passing under the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. The clearance looks tight, but the bridge has a vertical clearance of 186ft and the ship has an air draft of 75ft, so there’s plenty of room.
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Charleston Maritime Center

The marina at Charleston Maritime Center has shoaled in extensively and currently most of the docks are closed. We’ve read the docks also took some damage from Hurricane Mathew.
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Dredging

Dredging operations off Union Pier in downtown Charleston. We’ve heard the dredging is to allow larger cruise ships access the port.
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Waterfront Park

Fountain in Charleston’s Waterfront Park.
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Pineapple Fountain

A second fountain, the Pineapple Fountain, at the Waterfront Park. Pineapples are common motifs in Charleston, representing hospitality.
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Customs House

The majestic US Customs House building just off the waterfront was completed in 1879 and has been used ever since as a US Customs House.
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Pool

From the street we could see a rooftop terrace above the Market Pavilion Hotel and went up to check it out. The first thing we saw getting off the elevator was this beautiful pool.
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Pavilion Bar

The Pavilion Bar at the top of the Market Pavilion Hotel was fabulous. Tables under lighted umbrellas lined the patio, with propane heaters to take off the chill.
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Table

We were just early enough to snag a table along the edge with a view to the city, the harbor and the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. What a magical spot.
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Dinner

We shared several excellent seafood appetizers for dinner. You know we really like a place when we post four pictures of it. 🙂

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