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Cyclist riding 400 miles visiting state’s Revolutionary War sites

A Savannah man will pioneer a bicycle route along Georgia’s Revolutionary War Trail to celebrate American independence.
With Screven County being one of his destinations, William Bailey will leave from Richard Russell State Park near Elberton, Ga., today, July 2, and plans to arrive in St. Simon’s Island July 6.
Bailey will visit sites at Richard Russell, Nancy Hart, and Elijah Clark State Parks, Kettle Creek Battlefield, and Augusta, on his way to the Brier Creek Battlefield at the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area near Sylvania.
He will celebrate the Fourth of July in his hometown of Savannah by visiting sites around Georgia’s oldest city.
On the next day, Bailey will head down the coast to Midway, Ga., where he will tour the earthen remains of Fort Morris.
The final leg will take him to St. Simon’s Island, the site of a Revolutionary War naval battle on the Frederica River.
This isn’t the first Revolutionary War-themed ride created by this experienced cyclist who rides thousands of miles a year.
For the past two years, Bailey has hosted a 45-mile bike ride on the dirt roads of scenic Screven County to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Brier Creek, the site of a heroic stand by Patriot forces. He intends to create this route for other bike tourists to explore Georgia’s role in the fight for American independence, as well as increase public awareness of the need to protect and preserve these Revolutionary War sites.
“Bike touring lets you really see a place, to get a feel for it, to understand how the terrain and the waterways helped shaped it, to learn something about its history, and meet local people,” Bailey said. “I’m not really much of a history buff, but the recent threats to the currently unprotected battlefield at Brier Creek [at one point on the projected route of Kinder-Morgan’s Palmetto Pipeline] have made me realize that something needs to be done to protect these places.”
Bailey will document his trip and post updates from the road at https://GRWT.wordpress.com
To contact Bailey and learn more about this week’s ride, he can be reached by telephone at 912-398-0605 or by email at billi1905@yahoo.com.