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Day 10
Tuesday, April 19
                     Across Georgia                     

Road leading from Hilton Head down to Savannah

in the riverfront park in Savannah Georgia Savannah in the morning was not quite so grim as it had appeared the previous evening, and the historical portion was interesting -- but not beautiful, encased as it is in a matrix of ugly working city. Plus, historic Charleston is mostly upscale residential areas; while historic Savannah is mostly commercial enterprises. Roads made from ballast from the ships, and old warehouses, are interesting but not the delight that the beautiful residences of Charleston are. I also did not get through the entire historic tour, because they had the roads torn up so badly you can not follow the charted path, and everything is one way the wrong way so it is too too much of a hassle to try to get anywhere. So I got out.

Once out of Savannah, Georgia was a pleasant surprise. I had envisioned hardscrabble farms with lots of eroded bare dirt -- but instead the northern part of Georgia is mostly wooded and remarkably beautiful. The greens are very intense -- even though the trees lean toward pines, they look so different from the blackish dark pines near Charleston.

No spring flowers, though -- no dogwood, or redbud, or azaleas except in people's gardens. There were what appeared to be red clover in bloom along the road verges, like dark crimson stripes along the roadsides. I think Spring must be more advanced here because the temperatures are 20 degrees warmer than what I experienced in Tennessee and North Carolina. I had the A/C on in the car all day.

Georgia's yellow dirt You've of course heard of Georgia's famous yellow dirt -- but it is quite a shock when you actually see it. Upon reflection, this yellow color would look quite natural in the Southwest, but when it is surrounded by green it just looks wierd. Shown is a road into a Kraft Paper tree farm; those are little bitty pine trees growing beside the road. Lumber for papermaking is obviously a major industry in this part of Georgia. I met with any number of log trucks on the road, loaded with skinny little logs that would not be useful for construction lumber. Georgia Georgia

Hard to imagine why anyone chooses to drive on the crowded, boring Interstate, huh?

I had a couple of pictures of a really beautiful lake where I made my scenic lunch stop, but I guess I have not completely mastered the new camera yet, because the pictures are gone. Whine!

I am also a much happier camper tonight because I am staying in a motel that is comfortable, roomy, pleasant, and well-kept, and it costs only a third of the ridiculous price they charged me for that fleabag in Savannah. You woulda thought I was staying at the Hilton. From here on in, there will be no surprises, pleasant or not; tomorrow night I will be back in Memphis and from there it will be the same motels I used on the way out, as I hurry back home again. This horse is ready to head for its barn so the next 5 days can't pass quick enough. Although, tomorrow when I travel through new country in Alabama I will probably once more fall prey to the urge to explore....