Big Kid Loop (95-110 miles)
Description: The Big Kid Loop is a right of passage into Charleston Cycling. Riding the BKL is a great accomplishment because there is no turn back point on this loop and once you commit then you have no options. Starting downtown, ride through “The Neck” and old North Charleston to Hanahan, Goose Creek and eventually Moncks Corner. You cross the canal in Moncks corner and begin your trek back to downtown through the Francis Marion National Forest and Mt Pleasant.
Food and drink: I prefer waiting on stopping until the Sunoco on Highway 52 in Moncks Corner (right when you get on Hwy 52 just before the canal) at about mile 38. This gas station stop is essential because you will not see another fill up station again until you get back to Mt Pleasant (there’s a store in Huger at Steed Creek Road and Hwy 41 but you can’t count on it being open). Once you’re back to Mt Pleasant you can hit the Seewee Outpost if riding Variation 2 or the Plus route; if you’re riding the basic or variation 1 route then there’s a gas station on Park West Blvd immediately after crossing Hwy 17.
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