I had planned to ride into North Carolina today, but I didn't quite make it... it was farther than I thought, and there was a constant, cold rain that really took the wind out of my sails. I had to stop at several shopping centers during the day just to warm up and dry off so I could keep functioning.
The town of Myrtle Beach is absolutely packed with hotels, and in this off season they're competing madly for business. I could have gotten a room for just $24 ... if I had felt like stopping at 9:00 in the morning. I thought North Myrtle Beach might have comparable deals, but it's more of a residential area, so the prices weren't as low. There were plenty of camping options as well, but I was soaked through and my tent was plastered with mud splashed by the heavy drops falling from tall pine trees this morning.
I kept going to Little River, just shy of the border, and was lucky to find a room under $40. Naturally the rain stopped as soon as I unpacked, just like last time!