From Sea to Shining Sea
From Sea to Shining Sea, Day 1: Atlanta to Tybee Island, GA
Led by independent automobile associations rather than the government, road improvement efforts over the next decade resulted in a network of named trails crisscrossing the country. One of the first to harbor transcontinental ambitions was the Dixie Overland Highway. It all began with a pathfinding exploration by the Automobile Club of Savannah in 1914 to determine whether a road across Georgia to Columbus was feasible.
Yearning for a road trip that would take us "from sea to shining sea" but getting it started so late in the year, we knew we had to look south for our route. Since we want to try to avoid what is often a dull sameness of interstate highways, US-80 and its story got our attention. Though we will often wander away from it for natural landmarks and roadside oddities as we traverse the nation, it will remain our guiding beacon.
|OUR VERY TENTATIVE ROUTE PLAN|
Along the way we stopped in Lawrenceville and Eatonton to find letterboxes. In Athens, we tracked down a couple of quirky roadside attractions. The first was a tree that "owns itself." Apparently, a University of Georgia professor reaped so much pleasure from the shade of the oak that he wanted to ensure its survival after his own demise. To prevent the next land owner from chopping the tree down, he devised a will that conveyed possession of the tree and all land within eight feet of the tree to the tree itself upon his death in 1890.
|FITTINGLY, THE TREE IS LOCATED ON THE CITY'S LAST COBBLED STREET.|
|NOT AN EFFECTIVE WEAPON BUT A TERRIFIC LANDMARK IN FRONT OF CITY HALL|
|EXECUTIVE MANSION FROM 1838 TO 1868, NOW AN HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM IN MILLEDGEVILLE|
|GEORGIA STATE CAPITOL FROM 1807 TO 1868|
|JONES BUILDING SERVED AS A GENERAL HOSPITAL FROM 1929 TO 1979.|
|MAIN HOUSE AT ANDALUSIA FARM|
In Savannah, we checked into a riverfront hotel to rest up before beginning this epic transcontinental road trip at the Atlantic Ocean tomorrow.
SUNDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2016
• Weather: 47° to 49°, overcast to rainy
• Letterboxes: 8 found
• Walked: 1.4 miles
• States: GA
• Counties: 17 (really!)
• Raindrops: 987,209,178.343
• Colorful autumn trees: 6,927
What We Loved: Meeting a tree that owns itself. Of course, it is the offspring of the tree that inherited itself. However, it's pretty safe to assume the original tree died intestate. So with none of its other progeny in the area contesting the situation, the current tree must also own itself. Very cool!
What We Found Lacking: Adequate time to delve into the fascinating town of Milledgeville.
What We Learned: That we are very fortunate to live in a time when citizens cannot be "sentenced" to a mental institution because someone finds them different or odd or their behavior "inappropriate."
More Photos from Today
|RARE THROUGH-TRUSS BRIDGE AT OCONEE HILL CEMETERY, ATHENS.|
|PUTNAM COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN EATONTON DATES FROM 1824.|
|THE MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE VISITED THE OLD CAPITOL BUILDING IN 1825.|
|ONLY A FRACTION OF CENTRAL STATE'S POWELL BUILDING IS STILL IN USE.|
|NUMBERED CAST IRON PINS WERE USED TO MARK WHERE CSH PATIENTS WERE BURIED.|
|MARKERS NO LONGER INDICATE BURIAL SPOT AS THEY WERE PULLED UP TO MAKE MOWING EASIER.|
|BRONZE ANGEL MEMORIALIZES FORGOTTEN PATIENTS BURIED AT CSH.|