Hot, Hot, HOT!!!! Savannah to Anderson

Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
Trip End Aug 22, 2012

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

From Cliff

Well we left the safety of Glens home in Jacksonville and got a nice sendoff from Lisa and the girls as well as a fantastic roast chicken dinner the night prior. We had the bikes serviced at the local Harley shop in the break as well as repacking. We were a little late in leaving due to me sleeping in but left a little after 8am. We rode about 3hrs to a place called Savanah and did a lap of the town on the bikes and stopped for lunch at an old pirates bar. I would rate the salmon as our best meal on the road to date and the barmaid gave us a good insight into its history.

From there we intended to camp overnight at Paris Mountain but after hours of riding in 40deg C heat (temps ranged from 100F to 107F during our ride) I asked Glen if we could get a cheap hotel with air cond and I must say he agreed fairly quickly. The roads today were fairly straight but the scenery was nice with farm lands and some really nice small towns. We arrived here at the hotel at 7pm just as it started to rain and there was some lightning around. Had a shower and a swim in the pool and felt much better, skyped Keiko and her mum who arrived from Japan today and saw Jakey walking around in the house. Am now eating a Maccas salad as I type this and will not be far from going to sleep. We get into some twisty
mountain roads tomorrow which should be fun, I just really hope that it is not so hot, talk soon!

I had to laugh at Cliff's entry above, he only slept in as I didn't wake him until 7.30 as I had been trying to finish off all the last minute house administrivia and 'stuff' that just needs to get done before departing (albeit almost a pseudo-military deployment). So....I wouldn't have been ready until 8am at the earliest. Anyways - a great send-off by 'my girls' - a memorable night with McKinley (11mths old) being restless until about 1.30am (I soothed her so Lisa could sleep - the least I could do given my five weeks off!!) and then Asha (6yrs) came into our room about 5am and occupied the star-fish position in our bed due to nightmares.......Ahhh parenting - I wouldn't change a thing, it was a great, normal way our household works. Not to be outdone, Eden (3yrs) refused to get dressed i.e. I mean no clothes. I was packing the bike with gear in the garage and knew she was behind me as we were chatting whilst I wasn't looking......Lisa came out and asked if I realised our daughter was starkers in full view of the neighbourhood.....errr No...Eden got her own back though - she managed to deadlock our bedroom door and shut Lisa (and everyone else) out for most of the day. Did I mention the air conditioner broke yesterday also?? She had played with the lock whilst refusing to get dressed and I was packing - Lisa closed the door later in the day when the A/C techie came (thankfully no kids inside) and Voila! One locksmith and $85 later..... he needed to cut new keys to open the door (day 1 of me being away). You have to laugh :)

So thoughts on our amazingly HOT ride today - we went through some amazing little US towns that seemed to have been left behind when the rest of the world made the 1980s - some cruisy country roads and easy going corners made the heat just tolerable. We pulled into a few 'blink and you'd miss them towns' and each time we would drench ourselves in water from head to toe; old style airconditioning, but we were extremely lucky to have our Camelbaks on hand so we could stay hydrated while riding. Some of the cool towns we got to see where Sardis, Georgia and Edgefield, Georgia - both places were picture postcard perfect....well from 50 mph anyways.

Sidenote: a lot of abandoned/disused houses enroute - got us both wondering - "What makes people just up and leave, and leave literally everything behind?"

Song of the day: Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
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Errol and Maralyn on

Enjoy and ride safe

Jim Morris on

Enjoy the ride boys! Be safe and keep the posts coming!

Mum & malcolm on

Enjoy you adventure, we are enjoying following you both, drive safe,xxx

Wally & Leonie on

Enjoying keeping up with your travels.Keep the entries coming, and enjoy your trip!

roadtrip_usa on

Hi all thanks for the comments, we both are having a good time and really enjoy putting the blog together. Thanks heaps for reading it. Cliff

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