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Jim’s birthday, Sharon in Atlanta GA on Saturday the 20th March and east to Florence, SC on Sunday the 21st
March 20th, 2010 by susan_dyer

 

Saturday the 20th of March was Jim’s birthday!!  Thirty-nine….again!  :)   Happy Birthday Sweetie!  The Jameson Inn (Pooler, GA.)  breakfast experience (at least that morning) was something that should be missed.  We tried it, then got on the highway (I-16) looking for a Mickey D’s. 

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After a delicious coffee and breakfast, we were back on the I-16 heading northwest towards Atlanta.  We passed through gorgeous countryside.  We drove through farmland…

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…and we drove past small country homes…

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We drove by a road going to Adrian, Georgia!!  If we hadn’t already arranged to meet Sharon at 2:30 PM, we would have gone off to see what Adrian was like…  :)  

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We were well on track to meet Sharon & Rob at the North Lake Mall, and then the traffic bogged down in a long, long traffic jam.  As we inched forward, we finally came upon this accident, and like magic, as soon as we were inches down the highway the road opened up…

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Then our poor old Tom-Tom had a seniors moment and lost all sense of getting us to the Mall.  It directed us through small neighbourhoods where we saw our first daffodil of the season… 

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There were beautiful trees in bloom…

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Beautiful homes….

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And finally, only 30 minutes late…we arrived at the North Lake Mall …..

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We walked around and around the Mall, wondering if Sharon and Rob had gone home.  We found Rob finally, and I ran outside to see Sharon who was waiting to see if she could spot our car…

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We went back inside the Mall and had a great, albeit late, lunch.  After catching up on each other’s news, we took some photos back out in the parking lot, before we went our separate ways again at just after 6:00 PM!  We had such a great visit!

Jim, Sharon & Rob…

 

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Me, Sharon & Rob….

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And then someone passing by offered to take a picture of the four of us.  Thank you kind stranger!  :)

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Rob waving ‘bye…

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And a last glance at Sharon before getting back on the I-75…..  :(  

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  We got stuck in rush hour traffic getting back out of Atlanta, so we called it a night at yet another Extended Stay America motel in a small place called Morrow, GA.  We stopped and picked up an ice cream cake for Jim’s birthday and enjoyed a quiet evening…

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Sunday the 21st of March was yet another day of rain.  :(   No breakfast at the motel, but we were in a hurry anyway.  We had an appointment to see a rig in a very small place called Griffin, about 30 miles south of Morrow.  So we hurried off, hoping to see the RV before the owner headed off to church…

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This was the rig we saw, an absolutely beautiful coach, but too rich for our taste…  :(  

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The ‘Zuki really looked cute beside it….

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We still hadn’t had a coffee that morning, so we found yet another Mickey D’s down the street for a really good breakfast.  We continued on the I-16 towards Jackson in, wait for it….

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:)

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The rain came and went.  The homes along the way were attractive…

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Gosh, I wish that I could have seen this place before they put in the modern picture window….

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The road continued, between small town after small town, up hill and down dale….

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Same hill, but the black truck completely disappeared in that last photo….

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We passed through Eatonton, GA….

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 The home of Brer Rabbit.  There is a lot on Google about the rabbit, and I liked this particular web site….

 http://www.wrensnestonline.com/blog/the-uncle-remus-museum-in-eatonton/

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More farms…

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More lovely homes…

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More rolling hills….

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…. and farmland…

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I really liked this old place….

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…and this tiny house was interesting….

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 Buildings with imposing columns were everywhere, both commercial….

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…and residential.

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  Soon after we passed this small town, (Thomson, GA)….

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…. we took a ramp onto the I-20 and headed towards Myrtle Beach, SC. 

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And it poured the whole way.  It poured so hard that the wipers on the ‘Zuki gave out right after we passed through Columbia.  :(     We were stuck, go back to Columbia or struggle on to Florence.  It was a really hard drive for Jim, trying to see through the windshield.  So we stopped in Florence for the night at an Econolodge.  It was such a relief not to be at another Extended Stay America.  Supper was eaten at my all time favourite restaurant….  Fazoli’s …  :)  

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Tomorrow, North Myrtle Beach and another appointment to see yet another RV.  They were everywhere….  :)

 


7 Responses  
  • Sharon Lyon writes:
    November 11th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Great photos Sue. They mean the world to me on my journey. The route you took had so much Southern charm. Thank you so much for sharing. Sharon ox

  • Sue writes:
    November 11th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Sharon, Thanks for making that day so special! Maybe we will see you on our way north? Georgia is a beautiful state with lots of interesting country roads! xo

  • Nina writes:
    November 12th, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Those rolling hills! their roads remind me a bit of some of the roads in the mountains of New England. Glad you were able to connect with Sharon and Rob….love the one of the four of you.

  • Sue writes:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Thanks Nina. It is a great picture. I don’t remember who took it…man, woman, boy, girl…but it sure was nice of them to stop for a minute! I think I like the rolling green hills over the desert, but there is something to be said about the raw beauty of it all. I guess I just like being on the road and seeing new things! :)

  • Sharon Lyon writes:
    November 14th, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Griffin Sue; I’m sure we’ll met again. A friend of mind had a project in Griffin. I met her there for dinner; small world for sure. Miss you. Sharon ox

  • Sharon Lyon writes:
    November 14th, 2010 at 1:55 am

    A Lady Sue took the photo of the Four of Us. Thanks for the memory.
    Sharon ox

  • Sue writes:
    November 14th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Isn’t that funny Sharon, I just can’t remember the lady that took our picture that day! I was surprised when I looked at the pictures the other day and saw that there was one of the four of us! senior moment I guess. As for Griffin, it was a cute little place! :) Miss you too…


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