On the Road Again

Saturday, May 01, 2010 Road Junkies 0 Comments

EAST COAST ROAD TRIP, CHAPTER 1:  
IN WHICH WE ARE UNDERWHELMED
  
Day1:  Peachtree City, GA to Charlotte, NC.  The great East Coast road trip has begun. Our plan is to drive north visiting the states on the right coast of the U.S. and venture into Canada's Maritime provinces.  Though we don't have a fixed agenda, we are armed with a list of places we'd like to visit.  As for how long we expect the trip to last, we figure we'll keep going until we're ready to go home.
  
We left a hot and humid Peachtree City and headed north, hoping to find cooler weather. But first we made a stop in Gainesville, Georgia, to plant a letterbox at Poultry Park, home to a monument commemorating Gainesville's self-proclaimed title of Poultry Capital of the World. The park's obelisk with a rooster perched on top turned out to be significantly shorter than we expected, based on the photos we had seen.  It turned out to be only about 30 feet tall, but the yardbird seemed happy enough with his view nonetheless.
  
Across the street were some old trains on display. While we were returning a letterbox to its hiding space on the undercarriage one of the train cars, we encountered a couple visiting from Mississippi. When Ken noticed the husband taking a photo of his wife by the trains, he took the opportunity to practice one of his favorite travel activities.

"Would you like to get in the picture, too?" he asked the gentleman. Obviously, the answer was affirmative, as it usually is. When Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympics, we spent many days at Centennial Olympic Park where Ken took many photos of tourists in this same manner. What a great service!
  
Upon our arrival in Charlotte, we visited Ken's mom, who served us a delicious dinner and entertained us with stories about her childhood and the latest goings-on in her apartment building. We retired to what an experiment with a new hotel brand, Hyatt Place.  With a spacious room and decent amenities, it seemed like a good value for the price.  However, as I type, a party seems to be developing down the hall.  The jury is still out on this one.

SATURDAY, 1 MAY 2010