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North America » United States » Georgia » Savannah July 23rd 2017

Last night was our first night out of the mountains, and we miss them already. Today we are heading to Savannah, GA, our final stop this journey. We were not sure what to expect out of "Historic Downtown Savannah", but the plan was to sleep a little late, as it was Sunday morning, and then get a quick breakfast at the hotel, and head down the short distance to Savannah. We did manage to sleep until after 7:00, and by the time we hit the road is was after 9:00. The Garmin Lady seemed to feel much better this morning, and set up the directions without any problem. The first thing we noticed on our morning ride was how straight, flat, and boring the ride was to Savannah. After all the mountains of the past several ... read more
SCAD Art Museum - Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
SCAD Art Museum - Pink Plastic Lures - Hernan Bas
Jepson Center - To A Spacial Man - William Wegman

North America » United States » Georgia » Forsyth June 21st 2017

LAUREN, BILLY BOB AND BRETT Thursday, July 7, 2011 Bob, our 13-yr.-old granddaughter Lauren and I left Englewood on our latest adventure Thursday morning. This trip would be filled with joy, sorrow and a lot of family. We realized, 57 miles from home, that we had left BOTH sets of camper keys behind. So, a quick call to Kirsten (Lauren's Mom), a sandwich at DQ, a serious perusal of paint colors at Lowe’s (Lauren has been promised a redecorated room upon her return) and, voila, Kirsten saved the day when she arrived with the keys. Thank goodness she had not gone to the beach two blocks from our house; it had been her favorite place for two weeks. Bob complained about the drivers—erratic, dangerous, etc., etc.—I surmised they were all as anxious as we were to ... read more
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North America » United States » Georgia » Blue Ridge May 30th 2017

Today is our first train ride on this trip. I'm not sure whether it is because I'm a retired engineer (not THAT kind of engineer), or because my dad was always into trains, but I have always just loved trains. This train is called the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, and it is less than 50 miles from Helen, GA on the way to Chattanooga tonight. Since the train doesn't leave until 11:00, there was no real rush to get started this morning, but nevertheless, it's too hard to sleep in really late. So we had a quick breakfast and got under way at about 7:30. The first 20 miles getting out of Helen was just awesome! Twists and turns and ups and downs, I was in 4th gear most of the time between 30mph and 40mph. ... read more
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway - Kayakers
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway - Ducks in the Water
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway - Big Foot!

North America » United States » Georgia » Helen May 28th 2017

Today was a nice, easy day. Since it was Sunday morning, and we were only traveling about 100 miles, we could afford to sleep in a little. Besides it was pouring rain, and we needed to wait a bit for it to subside. So by the time we finally got out of bed, it was about 7:30. After a quick breakfast at the hotel, I checked the tire pressure and it had only dropped to about 35psi. So a quick hookup with the air compressor, and we were up to 42psi in a few minutes. By 9:00 we were on the road. Since we were only going about 78 miles according to my MapQuest map, I decided to play it lazy and just leave it up to the Garmin lady. The Garmin lady path was a ... read more
Main St Helen, GA
Cutting Up The Tree Blocking The Entrance to Anna Ruby Falls
Anna Ruby Falls - Jody on the Trail

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown May 27th 2017

After yesterday's long grueling ride, today is a tourist day in Atlanta. We both slept well, and since we only had a 30 minute ride to town, there was no reason to wake up particularly early, especially since the free hotel breakfast doesn't begin until 7:00 on the weekends. So with coffee and breakfast, we hit the road about 8:00. We were about 10 minutes from the hotel when I realized that I had forgotten the camera in the room so we had to turn around and go back. No problem, we have plenty of time today. So we're about 10 minutes down the road again and I realize that the TPMS light is on solid on the bike.This means low tire pressure on one of the tires, and when you only have 2, it's kind ... read more
Georgia Aquarium - So Many Fishes
Georgia Aquarium - Whale Shark
High Museum of Art - Colorful


Today was expected to be a long and uneventful day. It was long. It was mostly uneventful. Actually the hotel was very comfortable and we both got a good night's sleep. We were up at 6:00am, no special feat for Jody, but certainly an effort for me. But, we're on a trip and I don't want to spend most of it sleeping. We try to get up at 6, showered and breakfasted by 7 and on the road by 7:30. This gets us a jump on travel time before it gets too hot. Today didn't really matter about the heat, because we expected to spend most of the day on the bike. This is the longest travel day of the trip, and the map showed close to 400 miles between St Augustine and Stone Mountain, just ... read more

North America » United States » Georgia » Brunswick May 4th 2017

Today is a travel day, and so I finally have a chance to sit down, gather my thoughts (which seem a little scattered today, so I apologize ahead of time!), and reflect over the past week or so. After leaving the Vero Beach area, we spent a number of days pushing ahead to cover some ground. Not that we are honestly in much of a hurry to leave the sunny south. But time is slipping by, and we do want to get back to Dover at least a few weeks before school starts. And the coastline is a whole lot longer than I anticipated, when broken into 30-50 miles/day chunks! And, there are still many things to see in Georgia, South and North Carolina and beyond. My dear “fellow boater” friend, Nancy, and I were chatting ... read more
Cumberland Island - Headed to the Beach
Ruins at Cumberland
The Carnegie Estate

North America » United States » Georgia » Savannah April 27th 2017

Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah, Georgia Just because we're getting a little tired and overwhelmed doesn't mean Joan has run out of her Bucket-List Rebellion spirit. Located just 5 miles away (as the woodpecker flies), and 10 miles by car, is a Georgia State Historic Site. Although my bucket list only includes National parks and specifically excludes Historic Sites (because there are just too many of them), that doesn't mean Joan can't add items. And she had read a bit about Wormsloe and wanted to see it. Although we were all hot and tired (this Southern Humidity is becoming a bit overwhelming for us dry-heat New Mexicans), we paid the place a visit. It made it easier that it was just a few miles away. Wormsloe is a plantation site encompassing the oldest remaining, European built, ... read more
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North America » United States » Georgia » Savannah April 26th 2017

Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah, Georgia Pulaski was a revolutionary war hero who, as far as I can tell, never saw the fort named in his memory. But his namesake fort played a key role in a way it was never designed for and changed defensive military technology forever. In the War of 1812, Great Britain handily embarrassed our country by sacking and burning down our capital - hardly an event a country wants to repeat. So our leaders came up with the idea of building 42 forts up and down the Atlantic and Gulf coasts designed to protect our coastal cities from any such future attacks. As is the case today, the effort took more time and much more money than originally thought, but all 42 forts were started in the 1820s. Some were finished, ... read more
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North America » United States » Georgia » Savannah April 25th 2017

Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, Georgia Yesterday was a down-day so there isn't a whole lot to tell. It was about the same as all other down-days - we slept in, cooked a bacon and egg breakfast, did a load of laundry, took a nap, walked the dogs, played cards, went to the store for more wine, read some, grilled hamburgers for dinner, played cards a second time, and went to bed. That's pretty much the entire day and there isn't enough in there to make an essay, at least, not a new one. But we did have a conversation about our trip so far, asking the question about whether we have done justice to some parks. The question started along the lines of how long do you need to visit a park before you can ... read more




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