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Old 04-26-2018, 09:39 AM   #5111
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Yeah, another trip to meander along with. Safe travels and discover pretty places.
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:14 PM   #5112
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The goldfinches have been here all day, all over this campground.

Lily likes the new throw I made for out here...
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Old 04-28-2018, 07:36 AM   #5113
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We spent a long day driving yesterday, around Nashville and Chattanooga, then through Atlanta on 75.

It was the most direct route, and we were already 7 hours on the road when we got to Atlanta, so I just gritted my teeth and did it. But, yikes.

We will go back a different way, as that kind of traffic once a trip is plenty.

The last time I drove that route was the other direction, heading home from Brunswick, GA, after Doug had died. I did that trip in two days, talking to him and planning his funeral in my head.

In the past few years, I have traveled 46,000 miles, driven mountains, elevations of 9,000+ feet, and winding, narrow roads at steep grades.

I feel I can do anything I need to, but am fighting the awareness that disaster could sit at my elbow, just waiting to knock me off course.

A natural and logical outcome of the recent reminder that life is fragile, and every day a privilege.

Settled into a pretty COE til tomorrow, and temps are expected to be in the upper 70’s, so we are opened up and doing some light housekeeping.

Lily has had a long walk this morning, and wild romp on a side road here, and is happy not to be driving.

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Old 04-28-2018, 09:09 AM   #5114
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Hi Maggie,

What COE campground are you staying at? We really like Doll Mountain at Carters Lake on the N side of Atlanta but haven't looked at anything on the South side.

I have planned out a route around Atlanta for our trip to Oregon in June. According to RV Trip Wizard, the trip planner I am now using, it is about an hour and a half longer than going through Atlanta but should be less nerve-wracking. Coming north on I-75, take GA 16 (mm205) through Griffin to Newnan, then US 27 to Rome. In Rome, get on GA 53 to Calhoun and then back on I-75. I haven't done it yet but I'll report in early June.

If traveling early on a Saturday or Sunday morning, going through Atlanta is not bad, but otherwise the direct route and I-285 perimeter are scary with traffic and construction. More and more we are looking for routes on the "blue highways".

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Old 04-28-2018, 09:25 AM   #5115
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I have planned out a route around Atlanta for our trip to Oregon in June.
As the saying goes, "When you're going through Hell, don't stop until you come out the other side." That's what driving in Atlanta is like for me. But infinitely better to go through Atlanta on I-75 than to go around Atlanta on I-285, at least if you can avoid both the morning and evening rush hours.
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Old 04-28-2018, 09:34 AM   #5116
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We are at the Petersburg campground at J. Strom Thurmond Lake.

For a last minute reservation, we were lucky to find the only spot left that could accommodate us up in here, and always good to have a spot to set in on the weekends.

I took 75 thru Atlanta because the bypass was sooooo out of the way, and it sounds like that was the better of two poor options.

I have spent an hour or so getting my only charger for phone and iPad working...cleaning and brushing connections, etc., finally paid off.

iPad had shut down due to low battery.

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Old 04-29-2018, 09:40 AM   #5117
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Maggie

Glad to hear that you are at a nice COE campground.

I just recently drove through Miami and Houston. Having grown up in the Detroit area I didn’t figure I would ever have any trouble driving in big cities. I was wrong! The speeding, reckless and aggressive driving that I see now is downright scary. My solution is to drive through major cities about midnight or later.

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Old 04-29-2018, 11:03 AM   #5118
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Hi Dan, and good to hear from you!

There are lots of COE campgrounds on that particular lake, this was an older one but perfectly decent, lots of shade and well kept...all one needs.

We were out early and have done laundry this morning, and been meandering the backroads into SC...there are historic plantations to stop and take a peek at, with vast expanses of grass for Lily to stretch her legs.


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Old 04-30-2018, 05:36 AM   #5119
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The goldfinches have been here all day, all over this campground.

Lily likes the new throw I made for out here...
Yep she looks very relaxed and content.

Enjoy the trip - Be Safe.

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Old 04-30-2018, 06:04 AM   #5120
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Hi Bud!

If you like birds, Harpeth River Bridge COE west of Nashville is a pretty campground and a great place to see them...including the goldfinches, there are lots of water birds, at least one of which I believe was a great blue heron.


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Old 04-30-2018, 06:11 AM   #5121
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The great blue heron in flight makes you think you're looking at a pterodactyl.
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Old 04-30-2018, 06:19 AM   #5122
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Hi Mimi!

They really are huge.

I remember when we were in the Everglades years ago, watching the gators and a great blue intently watching a baby gator resting on its mama’s back.

A woman there, more experienced in gator behavior than we, said the great blues like to eat the baby gators, so wait and watch for the perfect opportunity to snatch one up....whilst not getting snatched, themselves.

They are kind of like seeing pelicans flying, condors, Golden eagles....so enormous, really, they catch you by surprise.

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Old 04-30-2018, 01:23 PM   #5123
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All roads lead to Edisto....

And, we’re here.

There is no site behind me, so days will be spent like this.



I have my new sand mat out, so we’ll see how that works for keeping most of it out of the inside.

Met up with Al & Patti for a visit this morning, they heading south where my eastbound path crossed.

Good people, great to see them.


Next, the beach.

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Old 04-30-2018, 01:39 PM   #5124
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Nice spot and view. Hope the seashells are good for the picking this year.
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