Greenville and Beyond A Rural America
Trip Start May 15, 2010
50Trip End Dec 15, 2010
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Day Two - I woke up at 9:30am, which would have been good had it not been 9:30am UK time, so i had slept for 4.5hrs, for some reason i then couldnt get back to sleep. It was a nice slow start to the day as i wasnt expecting much to happen after the flight. As my cousin had stuff to do in town we headed out. For more on the local town tour see 'Anderson and Clemson - A Local Tour'. On returning from Clemson i was a little tired so we had a few games of football on the PS3 and then headed out to find somewhere for dinner. As the choice is so vast and i was way tired it was difficult for me to make a dinner choice so we ended up at a mexican restaurant, this was a good choice and the large beer which the waiter recommend was certainly that. I had the mixed fajitas which came with rice and salad. After dinner we headed back to the flat. After a while i headed off to bed with fingers crossed that the jetlag on this occassion would be mild.
Day Three - Another nice slow start to the day, its kinda nice knowing on this trip that we will be doing stuff but that we dont have to get up at silly hours in the morning (on the whole) to do it
Day Four - We had nothing planned for this day (it is Sunday) and intended to do it really well, i woke around 5:30am again and then dozed until about 10am, getting up i transferred to the armchair and played video games while my cousin scoured the internet for a flight home at xmas
Day Five - This day began around 8am, still broken a couple of time by jetlag style sleeping patterns. When looking out the window we had been given the rain that had been promised, the first in about 2 months. Looking at the things to do in South Carolina website it appeared that the things the state does best are all outdoor activities. So we decided to head to Frankie s Fun Park, unfortunately due to what we can only assume was health an safety all the outdoor activities were closed so we spent an hour or so playing the arcade skill games for prize tickets, the kind which are completey random as to how to play them and also in what prize you get. My cousin got lucky a couple of times and so we ended up with a few prize tickets which we were able to trade for some funfair style prizes, they had bigger prizes which i can only assume you had to keep returning to build up to as they average ticket win seemed to be around 100 tickets and the PS3 they had on display was 60,000 credits so i guessed we would not be getting that. After picking up a selection of tacky funfair prizes we headed home via the mall where we purchased coffee and cookies. My cousin had decided that i could not do the trip without a trip to Hooters restaurant, famous for waitresses in tight outfits and chicken wings, we took a seat and was served by a nice blond waitress. It had become apparent that over the last few days my cousins accent was loosing its american edge and i had no clue what any of the waiters or waitresses were saying as i didnt understand the southern accent or the southern terms
Day Six - Another casual morning, with a 5:30am, 8am waking, we had been invited to dinner in columbia, so after a morning of chillin and video games (yep a pattern is emerging we headed off on the drive down the very straight interstate, to Columbia. To read more about Columbia see 'Columbia - The State Capital'. After around 2hrs we headed back to the truck to ensure that we made it back before the 2hrs was up (as 2hr parking has tow zones) and headed for dinner. Dinner was a plesant affair of meat and vegetables and it made a change to be eating home cooked food, not that restaurant food in the US isnt good quality (certainly those we have chosen to this point). For desert we had carrot cake, with enough frosting to counter any health benifit the carrot cake may carry (not that im saying it wasnt good). After we had eaten and chilled a bit we headed home. Getting home i watched TV for a bit, its pretty much the same shows as at home, but with the added bonus of advertising every 10 minutes, after watch a couple of show and only falling asleep during the ad breaks a couple of times i headed to bed
Day Seven - The day started as most with a casual waking, this was about 8am and after six nights i had a nights sleep without the effects of jetlag. After we had both showered we headed out for a morning in the mountains. To read more about the mountains see 'Sassafran Mountains - In the Middle of Nowhere'. After we has driven back down the mountain road we headed into Greenville to get some lunch we headed to the a sandwich shop which my cousin had suggested was good and on stepping up to the counter the waitress informed us of the various bread types they did not have, including paninin bread which we wanted, this we thought was odd so we went to the diner down the street and i had a chicken burger instead, after lunch we headed back to the flat, after the drive and the walking we were both quite exhausted and so had a quiet afternoon which mostly consisted of playing video games.
Day Eight - The day started at 5:30 so the pattern continues, i laided in bed until 8am when i got up as we were heading to Charleston which is across the state and would take 3.5hrs to get there. To read about Charleston (its another aquarium story) see 'Charleston - Another Aquarium Story'. Getting back into Greenville we decided to go to a pizza palour for dinner, i had decided that i wanted to eat traditionally american food on this trip, but wanted to stick with my plan of not eating in international chain stores. On arriving at the chosen pizza place it was packed and looked like we would have to wait for an hour so we walked down to a steak restaurant on the block. I decided that i would not skimp on the steak and so on this occassion i went for the porthouse (23oz) with fries, as an appetizer we had the tonions which were onion rings but slices rather than rings
Day Nine - I woke around 7am and then mostly did nothing for the rest of the day, of course when i say nothing see 'internet, TV, video games and beer' as a reference. My cousin had to work today, so i spent the day chillin before dinner. Dinner this evening was pizza at a stone-bake pizza restaurant, as it was Fridya night there was a wait of around 30 mins, but once we got in we were seated at a booth for 8 (there were 2 of us) and had the 10 inch pizza which was followed the garlic bread sticks with mustard dipping sauce. After dinner we headed back to the flat for friday night tv and then bed.
Day Ten - After waking around 8am we got ready and at about 10:30am we headed for Atlanta, to read more about Atlanta see 'Atlanta - They Have an Aquarium'. Getting back from Atlanta about 10pm it was almost straight to bed.
Day Eleven - This day was Sunday and pretty much passed me by, each time i sat or laid down i closed my eyes and slept, by the time i woke in the evening it was too late to eat as diners in the US close at 9pm taking last entry at 8. So we went to an chicken place. After dinner more sleeping.
Day Twelve - Again on this day my cousin had to work in the morning, so i spent the morning pottering before getting dressed and packing my suitcase. An hour or so playing video games and then at around 1pm my cousin returned and we went out for lunch before my 4pm check in
Day Thirteen - Landing at London around midday i headed through an empty customs and collected by luggage, with fingers crossed that they did transfer it from the connecting flight, they had and i made my way across London on the tube to Fenchurch Street, at the station i stopped to pick up a sausage roll and headed for my train. Getting off the train at Southend i dragged my suitcase home. I had been awake for 22hrs at this stage and so came in through the front door and collapsed on the sofa, adventure over.