Westward Ho!Westward Ho, Day 1: Peachtree City, GA to Charlotte, NC
The sun was beaming down from a beautiful azure sky as we left home this morning in search of the wild, wild West. Between today and the end of this year, we need to visit and find letterboxes in 15 states and plant letterboxes in 23 states to meet our 2012 goal of revisiting and letterboxing in all the 48 contiguous states this year. We are especially eager to see some of the spectacular scenery that the West has to offer in its vast unspoiled wilderness lands.
|A bit of color|
|Local gendarmes block the route to the track.|
Gaffney, South Carolina (pop. 12,456). Anyone who has driven I-85 through South Carolina has seen what is locally known as the peachoid, a 150-ft tall water tower located near the interstate. In fact, if you drive through the city at night, you'll still see the big peach because city leaders have provided lighting on the giant fruit.
When the local public works department needed elevated water storage in 1980, they decided on a design that would reflect the area's economic dependence on peach orchards and would allow them to thumb their noses at Georgia, the "Peach State" to the south. Around this time period, more peaches were produced in Cherokee County, where Gaffney is located, than in the entire neighboring state known for growing the fuzzy fruit. The peachoid has a capacity of 1,000,000 gallons—and a letterbox nearby.
|Battlefield Trail at Kings Mountain National Military Park|
You may legitimately question our sense of direction, considering we drove northeast from Atlanta to get to to the West. No, we did not forget to consult the atlas before we hit the road. We were on a mission. Since we'll miss being with Ken's mother on her 92nd birthday next month, we wanted to start our trip in Charlotte to deliver early birthday wishes in person. She was keenly interested in our travel plans and promised to follow our progress in her atlas.
|Sharing our itinerary with the birthday lady|
- Miles driven: 305
- States today: 3 (GA, SC, NC)
- Letterboxes: Found 2, Planted 1
- Celebrity sightings: 1
- Tractor trailers on I-85: 4,174
- Ducks delivered: 1 (more on that later)
More Photos from Today
|Restored one-room school in Gaffney|
|Our tax dollars at work replacing paving around the Kings Mountain visitor center|
|The birthday lady and her baby boy|