Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Days 38 and 39 - Abbeville, AL to Edison, GA to Sylvester, GA

There was no post last night because of limited time and, even more so, no internet so I am going to combine yesterday's and today's highlights along with pictures.

Highlights from our ride to Edison, GA:

  • Monday was a short 37 mile ride to compensate for not having a full day off this weekend.
  • I saw the biggest road kill yet, a huge wild boar that got nailed. It was the size of a small bear. It took a road-grader to move it off the road, which is why I didn't get a picture since they were in progress when we passed.
  • We entered Georgia, the last state we'll pass through on our way to the coast and also entered eastern standard time.
  • Once into Georgia the terrain changed to more noticeably flat. Yea!!
  • I got pictures of a frontier village right at the state line in Ft. Gaines, where a fort was constructed in 1836 to protect settlers from the Indians and then in the Civil War. The Fort never was used, however, because the Indian uprising settled down and the Union army never made it to Ft. Gaines.
  • We stayed at the Edison UM church in the evening, the last evening we will be in a church. It is pastored by a South Korean, Gin Hwang, who has a PhD in church liturgy. Never was a more strange fit made for a small church in the south. They then fed us dinner made up almost entirely of deep fried food, hush puppies, catfish and bass, French fries and the specialty of the night, deep fried bacon. That meal will win me another trip to the cardiologist, but it was very good and I tried to eat moderately.
From today's ride to Sylvester:
  •  It was a 60 mile ride over flat land with temps in the mid-80s. Winds were moderate with a hint of tailwind. Really, for the first time, I could feel the heat. Humidity on this trip has amazingly not been a problem for me.
  • We passed over some interesting terrain including a lake with cypress trees and Spanish moss and a name that will take you a while to figure out.
  • We went through a large town, Albany, and took in some of the local flavor; a park that paid tribute to Ray Charles, who was born in Albany, a strawberry farm where strawberries are in season and assorted barbecue restaurants along the way.
  • In Sylvester, we enjoyed a spaghetti dinner compliments of the Sylvester Chamber of Commerce in the bottom floor of the local library.Very enjoyable and plenty of food! Once again, one of the local riders, who joined us for the evening and whose name I did not catch, came up to me and thanked me for the blog. I failed to ask him how he heard of it but I am continually amazed and grateful people are reading it.
  • Today was a day of "lasts".
    • The last night of staying in a church.
    • The last night of sleeping on foam pads with sleeping bags.
    • The last morning of using our own utensils and eating out of the portable kitchenette.
  • Tomorrow is one of our longest days at 93 miles. I hope to get my 7th century since starting the trip. That means that I am 165 miles from the end.
  • After almost six weeks it is hard to believe that we are two days away from completion of our trip. Although I am looking forward to its completion, there is a part of me that wants this adventure to continue. Obviously, that is not possible. I am also looking forward to having Nancy join me on Thursday when we will start another adventure when we meander back to South Bend and spend extra time exploring Civil War sites.
Our last state we enter.

The obligatory picture of armadillo road kill.

Reminds me of Louisiana

For today's grammar lesson figure this out in less than 10 seconds!
Frontier Village in Ft. Gaines

The last of three cannons at Ft. Gaines that have never been fired.

1 comment:

  1. I remember seeing Spanish Moss hanging all over the Live Oak trees in Charleston, South Carolina. The Live Oak trees are spectacular - old and knarled, more wide than tall, some with massive trunks. A beautiful, majestic tree. You'll probably see some when you get close to the coast.