I am planning a bike tour from Charleston, SC up to New Jersey. I intend to follow the ACA (Adventure Cycling Association) Atlantic Coast route.
According to that route, I should take the Savannah Highway (17) out of Charleston toward the east, turn onto the Dalemar Highway (165) and then turn onto 61 at Cooke Crossroads.
Looking at a map of Charleston, it looks far more direct to simply take highway 61 (Ashley River road) all the way from Charleston to Cooke Crossroads.
Can anyone tell me if the part of Highway 61 that comes out of Charleston is OK to ride a bike on? Is it any better than the Savannah Highway? Using the Savannah Highway adds about 15 extra miles. Is it worth this extra mileage?