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The Loneliest Highway In America


The Loneliest Highway in America

This past summer we drove out to San Diego to visit our daughter and her family. On our return from San Diego to Texas we took a different route back to see a different part of the country. We have done this many times over the years of traveling to see our daughter. It has allowed us to see much of the western United States… but we still have more to see.

On this trip we drove a portion of US Highway 50. We picked up Highway 50 at the tip of Lake Tahoe in California and drove east through Nevada and Utah.

It all started when Janet picked up a brochure titled “The Loneliest Highway In America”. In July of 1986, Life Magazine ran a negative article about the Nevada State Highway 50 titled “The Loneliest Road.” AAA  described Nevada State Highway 50 route through Nevada this way: “It’s totally empty” and advised traveling a different route unless you are confident of your survival skills. Nevada officials, wisely, seized on the phrase “The Loneliest Road” as a marketing slogan. US 50 covers large desolate areas, with signs of civilization few and far between. This sounded like something Janet and I would like… so we drove it.

US 50 crosses several large scenic desert valleys separated by several mountain ranges. It has many little-known and unique places of interest, and most of these places are free to see. Also US 50 roughly follows the path of the Pony Express riders. The route included Baker, Ely, Eureka, Austin, Fallon, Silver Springs and on to Sacramento.

Virginia City, Nevada

Our first stop was Virginia City. Virginia City is just 7 miles off of US 50.

Virginia City sprang up as a mining town sitting atop the Comstock Lode. The Comstock Lode was the first major silver deposit, discovered in the United States in 1859. At its peak, Virginia City had over 15,000 residents. Today, the population of Virginia City is about 855. There is some mining activity in the area still but today Virginia City’s main industry seems to be tourism.


Man with his pet owl in Virginia City, NV

Virginia City has several buildings from the time it was a boom town. The most notable artifact is the Suicide Table. It’s an old Faro Bank Table dating from the 1860s, claimed to be responsible for the deaths of three of its owners. Loses at the table caused the losers to depart this world at their own hands. The Bucket of Blood Saloon, the Old Globe, the Silver Queen and The Red Dog Saloon are some of the more colorful buildings.


Virginia City

Virginia City has been a Historical District since being declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.

Janet and I spent the afternoon leisurely walking the main street visiting all the shops, taking lots of pictures, learning bits of history here and there and visiting with the many friendly local folks about town.

There are many other things in town and in the area. Our time was limited so we will need to return at a later date to see more.

Grimes Point Petroglyphs

Grimes Point Petroglyphs are about 10 miles east of Fallon, Nevada, just off US 50 to the left. Look close or you might miss the turn.


Grimes Point Petroglyphs

Janet and I enjoy learning about Native American history. This was a good site and a nice little hike in the early morning. I found myself as always imagining what life was like back then. If rocks could talk… or better yet… If we could only read what the rocks were telling us. Archaeologists believe the petroglyphs here are not a form of writing. They may depict constellations, hunting areas, or markers of some kind.

Grimes Point was first visited by Native Americans about 8,000 years ago. You can view petroglyphs along a short, self-guided interpretive trail. We picked up a brochure at the parking area. Some of the petroglyphs are very faint and hard to see in the early morning sun light. Look closely or you will miss some of them.

This is a must stop if you have the time…



The Shoe Tree

The Shoe Tree

The story goes something like this… There are several versions…  A newlywed couple driving to California pulled over to rest under this large Cottonwood tree. They soon got into an argument. The bride threw a pair of the groom’s shoes into the large Cottonwood tree. In revenge, he grabbed a pair of her shoes and tossed them into the tree… Who knows what really happened except, now everyone stops to see the shoes in the tree and some add to the shoes already in the tree. If you head that way, it is a good place to rid yourself of some old shoes and add to the stories and speculation…

Stokes Castle

Stokes Castle, located just outside Austin, Nevada , is a three-story stone tower built by Anson Phelps Stokes. Stokes was a miner, banker and railroad magnate. Stokes began building the Castle as a summer home in 1896 and completed it in 1897.


Stokes Castle outside of Austin, Nevada

The castle was patterned after a tower in the Roman Campagna in Italy.    The kitchen and dining room were located on the first floor, the second floor contained the living room with a balcony and on the third floor were two bedrooms with balconies.

The Stokes family lived in the Stokes Castle only for a short time. In the summer of 1898, they sold their mine, the milling equipment, and the castle.


Mining equipment at Stokes Castle

This is a must see when traveling through Austin. The Castle sits atop a hill overlooking the town and countryside. Quite a view and I could see why Mr. Stokes picked this spot for his home. It is in near ruin now and fenced off and can only be seen through the fence. We could only imagine what it was like in its hey-day. There are remains of some of the mining equipment near the home and what appears to be mining tailings just down the hill.


Grocery store in Eureka, Nevada


Eureka Opera House

Small Towns

There are several small towns along the route (Baker, Ely, Eureka, Austin, Fallon, Silver Springs). We love small towns and stop every  chance we get. We enjoy learning the history and visiting with real ‘down to earth’ people who live there. We stopped in Eureka, Nevada  at the Owl Club Bar & Steakhouse for lunch. The good food and friendly staff made it a great choice. After lunch we took a stroll to checkout more of Eureka. The small grocery took me back to my childhood. The grocery reminded me of the small grocery we shopped at growing up in rural Texas. The store was small physically but they managed to get a lot into the small space. The shelves were wooden made just for the store. Every inch of space was use to display a variety of goods just like the store from my childhood. Old memories are always good no matter how they are triggered.


Double Rainbow on the Loneliest Highway in America


Loneliest Highway in America

The Great Basin

The highway passes through several large desert valleys between many mountain ranges that tower over the valleys, in what is known as the Basin and Range province of the Great Basin. It’s hard to describe the beauty we experienced traveling this highway. We saw beautiful valleys, majestic vistas and native animals along the way. I saw some the most beautiful rainbows I have ever seen. One rainbow was a complete double rainbow.  Just an incredible sight to behold…


Loneliest Highway in America

We are glad we chose this route. My only regret is we were traveling by car instead of motorcycle. Needless to say I have added “The Loneliest Highway in America” to my “Ride Bucket List”. Stay tuned for that ride.

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Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d’ Alene. Idaho 2014

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Being a tourist before the Ironman

This past June we traveled to the Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho to see our daughter Katie and son-in-law Ben run in the Triathlon. This was our first time to be in Coeur d’ Alene and it won’t be our last. The city of Coeur d’ Alene is named for the lake it is on. The lake is beautiful and is surround by scenic mountains with beautiful sun sets and sun rises. Coeur d’Alene is surrounded by dozens of lakes left by the glaciers of the Ice Age. Lake Coeur d’Alene is more scenic and offers many activities in and around the lake. We were impressed not only with the scenery of Coeur d’ Alene and the surrounding area but the people were some of the friendliest people we have met on any of our travels.

Travel, Ironman Triathlon, Coeur d’ Alene Idaho

Katie getting ready for the 2.4 mile swim

Travel, Ironman Triathlon, Coeur d’ Alene Idaho

Ben and Katie on the 26.2 mile (i.e. A marathon) run.

Ironman Coeur d’Alene started in 2003 and is held each year on the fourth Sunday in June. Triathletes start their day with a 2.4-mile (3.9 km) swim in Lake Coeur d’Alene, followed by a 112-mile (180 km) bike ride and finish with a 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run for a total of 140.6 miles (226.1 km). The city is a gracious host and made us as well as the triathletes feel welcome. The weather for this year’s triathlon couldn’t have been better. The weather was partly cloudy, with mild temperatures and a slight wind. The wind was probably the most problematic for the triathletes. This was the second Ironman for Ben this year. Ben will do two other Ironman’s later this summer. I don’t have a clue how he or anyone else can do one much less, four in one summer.

Ben and Katie stayed together for the race and finished together. This was the first time they had done this and they said it made the race that more enjoyable. Katie had a problem with her bike on the bike ride. She was glad Ben was there to help get her back on her way. This was our first time to see them do an Ironman. The beautiful location, the people of Coeur d’ Alene and the great weather all made for a good time. Janet and I look forward to doing it again.

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The end of a perfect day…

More pictures and video… Below is a video I put together of Ben and Katie’s race.

For more information about Ben and Katie’s races and what it takes to be a triathlete checkout their website here.

Disneyland A Destination

Disneyland A Destination… I know it’s been said, many times… “It’s the journey not the destination!” by everyone who rides a motorcycle… but sometimes the destination is as much fun as the journey. Disneyland the destination is a lot of fun… especially with the grandkids…

We just got back from visiting our daughter and her family in San Diego. No we weren’t able to go on the Wing. We  needed to take the truck (literally) to haul everything we were taking.

While in San Diego we returned to Disneyland for our second time. Last year was the first. Our son-in-law Jeff is a Disneyland and an amusement park fanatic and is always up for Disneyland. Last year we went to the original park of Disneyland. This year we went to the newer “California Adventure” park. The newest attraction Cars Land had just opened and everyone in the park was eager to see and ride all the rides in “Cars Land”.


Cars Land Entrance

It was a long fun day. This group of Mousekeeters included Grandma (Janet) and Papa (me), Kristy (daughter), Jeff (son-in-law), Tabitha (5-year-old granddaughter), Charlotte (3-year-old granddaughter) and Henry (6 month old grandson). We stayed practically the day in the park. My only complaint was sore feet… Lots of walking.

Disney Cars Land

The Mousekeeters without the ears…

This Is The Key To Enjoying Disneyland.

If you haven’t been to Disneyland before you may not know about FASTPASS. Disney FASTPASS Service is a complimentary benefit to all park guests that allows you to enjoy the rest of the Disneyland while your place in line is saved. Here is how it works:

  1. Look for the FASTPASS distribution area near the entrance of an attraction.
  2. Check the FASTPASS “Return Time” display to learn when you can return to experience the attraction.
  3. Insert your Disneyland admission ticket, readmission ticket or Annual Passport into the FASTPASS machine.
  4. A FASTPASS ticket will be printed with your Return Time.
  5. Enjoy the rest of the Disneyland.
  6. Go to the “FASTPASS Return” queue at your Return Time, show your FASTPASS ticket to the Cast Member and enjoy the attraction!

Another nice service is “Baby Swap“. Baby swap allows parents to go through a line with a child. While one parent rides the ride the other parent keeps the baby or child. When the parent who rode the ride returns they take the baby and the next parent rides. We did this several times when one or more of the grandchildren could not ride a ride. Very nice…

First Things First.

We were there when the gates opened. Jeff rushed to get in line for “FASTPASS ” for the “Radiator Springs Racers ride. We couldn’t believe how long the “FASTPASS ” line was for that ride. The line did move rather quickly though. The earliest, Jeff was able to get the “FASTPASS ” for was 7:00 PM. Judging from what we saw, all the “FASTPASSES” for “Radiator Springs Racers”  were probably all gone within an hour or less. Everyone in the park wanted to ride this newest and best of the rides.

The Rides

These are the rides we rode:

Ÿ  California Screamin’

Ÿ  Golden Zephyr

Ÿ  Jumpin’ Jellyfish

Ÿ  The Little Mermaid

Ÿ  Matters Junkyard Jamboree

Disney Cars Land

Matter’s Junkyard Jamboree

Ÿ  Mickey’s Fun Wheel


Mickey’s Fun Wheel

Ÿ  Monsters, Inc.

Ÿ  Muppet Vision 3D

Ÿ  Toy Story Mania


Toy Story Mania

Ÿ  Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies

Ÿ  The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Ÿ  Radiator Springs Racers  This ride is my all time favorite… anywhere anytime. I can’t do justice in describing this ride. The attention to detail in keeping with the theme of the movies is perfect. Besides I don’t want to ruin the ride before you do get to ride it. It will be a pleasant surprise.

Disney Cars Land

Radiator Springs Racers

“Cars Land”, in general, is the best attraction ever. It feels as though you have stepped into the “Twilight Zone” and are in the movie. The attention to detail is amazingly perfect. We ate dinner at “Flo’s Cafe”. The food was great and the inside of the diner was a tribute to Doc Hudson. Disney has out done themselves in the design and detail of “Cars Land”. “Cars Land” is a must see if you go to Disneyland…

Disney Cars Land

Flo’s Cafe… Great food.


The park was busy today for a Thursday because the new “Cars Land” was open and a big draw. If you are planning a trip to Disneyland to see “Cars Land” you may want to wait until the crowds have subsided a bit… but it wasn’t that much of an issue for us… because we had Jeff as our guide. Jeff knows all the ins, outs and tricks of getting around Disneyland efficiently. So if you have a Jeff in your family you have it all covered.

Disney Cars Land

Jeff our park guide.

It was a fun day in the cool California weather… a nice break from the Texas hot weather. No matter what time of the year you visit Disneyland you are most likely to have good weather. So come on to Disneyland…

See you later Mousekeeters… Have fun in Disneyland…

Charleston, South Carolina (Tx, La, Ms, Al, Ga, Sc)

On May 24, 2012

We drove up to Denton, Texas. We were taking Janet’s sister Bobbie out to see her son and family in Charleston, South Carolina. Her son has lived in Charleston for six years but Bobbie and Jimmy (Bobbie’s husband) haven’t been able to travel there for various reasons. Jimmy was supposed to go with us on this trip but the doctor suggested that he not go so it was just Bobbie going. Needless to say we weren’t traveling by motorcycle.

May 25th

We were up early and on the road by 7:00 Am and drove 689 miles to Leeds, Alabama where we spent the night. The only stops we made were for gas, food, bathroom breaks and to take a picture of Bobbie at each state line signs that she sent to all her doubting friends as we made our way eastward.

Would you believe they were from Arkansas?

May 26th

We were on the road again headed to Social Circle, Georgia for lunch at the Blue Willow Inn Restaurant some 174 miles down Interstate 20. We had eaten at the Blue Willow Inn several years back on our way back from Charleston. The food is great southern style cooking and we (I) always manage to over eat. The restaurant is located in an old southern plantation style home with beautiful grounds and garden. I probably can’t do justice describing the Blue Willow so it is probably best to checkout their website.

We arrived early and since Janet had made reservations for later we walked down to see some of the many shops in the old part of town. By the time we walked back we had gotten a goodly amount of exercise for the day which we needed since being in the car so much.

Mississippi River from Mississippi visitor center

Social Circle Georgia

Blue Willow Inn Restaurant

Social Circle Georgia

House across from Blue Willow Inn

Social Circle Georgia, Great home style cooking

Blue Willow Inn Restaurant

From the Blue Willow it was on to Charleston some 255 more miles for a total of 429 mile for the day.

Needless to say we were glad to finally get there and most of all to see Keith and his family (Kelly, Hailey and Jared). It was fun to see Bobbie enjoying her family, especially her grandchildren.

May 27th

Keith picked Erin (his sister, Bobbie’s daughter) up from the airport this morning. Erin flew in from Nashville. After getting Erin unloaded and settled in we (Bobbie, Erin, Hailey, Janet and myself ) drove down to the Charleston historic district.

Today was partly cloudy with a nice breeze. After finding a parking garage we headed out to explore as much as our feet could tolerate. Because of the clouds and breeze we held up pretty well. Since we arrived about lunch time we sought out a good place to eat. We chose the “Southern Brewery and Smokehouse”. Luck of the draw. The food was great and our waiter was excellent. Rested and with our bellies full we were ready to tackle the historic district.

South Carolina

Photos from Charleston

Hailey and Erin’s hobby is photography so there was a lot of subject matter for them today. You could spend days just looking at all the historic homes with their perfectly manicured little gardens tucked away in between the homes. While there we toured the Edmonston/Alston House which was built in 1825. Janet and I love old historic homes and the stories about them and the families who owned them. This one is no exception. With views of Ft. Sumter they had a ringside seat of the beginning of the Civil War on April 12, 1861. General Robert E. Lee stayed there at one time during the war.

We eventually made our way up to the City Market. Time and energy was running out so we called it a day. To actually see Charleston you need several days but we just had today and made the best of what we had.

May 28th,

Kelly suggested we travel just up the road to Summerville to do the walking tour of the historic homes. We (Bobbie, Erin, Hailey, Janet and myself ) headed out to Summerville. We drove around a bit and determined that nearly all the shops in the old part of town were closed for “Memorial Day“. We stopped by the visitors center and just as we got out of the car it started to pour down rain. We got in to the center just in time. The rain lasted just a short time so we opted to actually do the walking tour instead of driving it. Here again there were a lot of photo opts for Erin and Hailey. There were 40 homes on the tour, all of them interesting in their own right. Needless to say we walked goodly distance today.

South Carolina

Photos from “walking tour of homes” in Summerville.

The Kickin’ Chicken’ Restaurant

After finishing the walking tour we ate at the Kickin’ Chicken. We saw it when we drove in to Summerville and after a few jokes we made about it and the name we decided to check it out. Again, the luck of the draw and we chose well.

After lunch we had the whole afternoon but no plans. Janet suggested driving to the Charleston Tea Plantation so I plugged the address into Gypsy (the GPS) and off we went. It was a good drive down some pretty country roads. We took the tour of the processing area but because it was a holiday it wasn’t in operation. It would have been better if it was actually processing the tea. I did learn a lot about tea. I had no idea…

While driving in to the tea plantation we saw an interesting church and cemetery and decided to stop and take a few pictures. I turned on what I thought was the road into the church parking lot but was actually a dirt road. Keith had suggested going to see the Angel Oak but we hadn’t planned to see it today. Just as I was about to turn around Janet saw a sign partly covered with leaves and almost unreadable. It said, “Angel Oak 0.3 miles”… We had stumbled upon the Angel Oak!!! We couldn’t believe our luck. We had to go see… The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be in excess of 1500 years old, stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). From tip to tip Its longest branch distance is 187 ft. It was an impressive sight and another photo opt for Hailey and Erin.

South Carolina

Bobbie & Hailey at Charleston Tea Plantation

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The Angel Oak

On our way out from the Angel Oak we stopped at the church and cemetery and looked at the many old graves and of course took many pictures of the church and cemetery.

From there it was home to Keith’s and the end to another full day.

May 29th

Today Hailey had to go back to school so we missed our traveling/touring buddy. Keith had taken the day off so he chauffeured us around. So today our group was Keith, Bobbie, Erin, Janet and me. We headed across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, also known as the New Cooper River Bridge. It is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River in South Carolina, connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. Keith mentioned two old cemeteries. One was “White Points Garden” the resting place of the Hunley Submarine Crews. Keith, like his daughter Hailey and his sister Erin is a photographer and old cemeteries always offer good subject matter particularly in the south. They all have large mainly Live Oak trees covered in Spanish Moss and large monuments and head stones as well as interesting crypts. White Points Garden had several large interesting crypts. We spent awhile walking the grounds and taking pictures.

Afterward we had lunch at a Mexican restaurant in the same shopping center as the antique malls where we took our time looking and buying. I think we all found some little something there.

Keith then drove us around Sullivan’s Island looking at some of the nice beach homes and the light house. As light houses go I would have to say it was the most ugly I have seen. Completely unlike any I’ve seen. Then it was on to Fort Moultrie. Fort Moultrie has been restored to portray the major periods of its history. A visitor to the fort moves steadily backwards in time from the World War II Harbor Entrance Control Post to the site of the Palmetto-log fort of 1776. I love touring old forts and this is a good one.

Graves from Civil War

Graves of the Hunley Crew

Crypt in White Points Garden

Fort Moultrie

Receiving Tomb in White Points Garden

Beach Home on Sullivan’s Island

May 30th

We (Bobbie, Erin, Janet and Myself) headed 90 miles south to Savannah, Georgia. This was the 3rd time Janet and I have been here and since we only had the day we tried to show Bobbie and Erin the highlights. A two hour drive there and back didn’t give us a lot of time but we did get a lot in.

The first stop was the visitors center to get maps and brochures. Then it was off to the historic district. We parked and walked to down to River Street to eat at the Cotton Exchange. Janet and I have eaten here before and we knew the food was good.

After lunch we walked down the street to the statue of the Waving Girl. One of Savannah’s favorite stories involves the life of Florence Martus (1868 – 1943), who was known well by Savannahians and sailors of the sea as the Waving Girl. Florence developed a close affinity with the passing ships and welcomed each one with a wave of her handkerchief. Sailors began returning her greeting by waving back or with a blast of the ship’s horn. We then stopped at several of the shops.

Today we were not so lucky with the weather. It was hot and humid and so we headed to the City Market and got ICE CREAM and recharged. Next it was to walk some of the squares. During most of the development of the city, the squares were used for communal activities, such as gathering water, baking bread, celebrating holidays and victories and many more activities. They were also used as stock yards and gathering places for those from outside the city for protection in time of attack. Now most of Savannah’s squares are named in honor or in memory of a person, persons or historical event, and many contain monuments, markers, memorials, statues, plaques, and other tributes. Janet and my favorite square is Forsyth Park Fountain so we headed there and took in all the squares along the way. By then it was hot and we were getting tired so we headed back to the car stopping only for water and picture taking of some of the houses and gardens. The best time to see Savannah is in the spring when it is cool and all the flowers are blooming.

Savannah, Georgia

Statue of “Waving Girl”

Savannah, Georgia

Rain Spout

Savannah, Georgia

Johnny Mercer’s Home

Savannah, Georgia

Forsyth Park Fountain

Before heading back home to Keith’s we drove to Bonaventure Cemetery. Though not Savannah’s oldest cemetery, Bonaventure is certainly its most famous and hauntingly beautiful. Another reason behind Bonaventure’s popularity is John Berendt’s book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which featured a cover photo of the now-famous “Bird Girl” statue, formerly located in Bonaventure. The statue has since been moved to the Telfair Museum of Art. It is also the resting place of Johnny Mercer the composer. Again, Erin had many photo opts. We would have stayed longer but the cemetery was closing and it was getting late and we still had a two hour drive home.

Savannah, Georgia Bonaventure cemetery Savannah, Georgia Bonaventure cemetery

Savannah, Georgia Bonaventure cemetery

Johnny Mercer’s grave

Savannah, Georgia Bonaventure cemetery

May 31st

Today Erin left for home. After Keith returned from taking Erin to the airport we all (Keith, Hailey, Bobbie, Janet and myself) drove out to the Middleton Plantation. Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. Built in 1755, the House Museum interprets four generations of Middleton Family, with extraordinary family furniture, silver, porcelain, rare books and portraits on display. Birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Middleton Place and the Middleton’s have played an important role in American history. The property has miraculously remained under the same family stewardship for some 320 years, and today, successfully preserves history for visitors to enjoy.

We first took the guided tour of the house which filled us in on the history of the plantation and the Middleton family. We then walked the grounds of the immense gardens. Keith and Hailey were having a great time photographing all the different aspects of the gardens. There was so much to see and photograph. The Gardens have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round. Words can’t really do justice to the gardens and photos can capture only a small part of its beauty.

Charleston South Carolina

Middleton Plantation

Charleston South Carolina

Keith & Hailey at Middleton Plantation

Charleston South Carolina

Middleton Plantation

Charleston South Carolina

Middleton Plantation

Charleston South Carolina

Middleton Plantation

Charleston South Carolina

Middleton Plantation

This was Keith’s first visit to Middleton Plantation and of all the Plantations he has been to this was his favorite, mainly for the amount of photo subject matter. Middleton Place was a great way to end our stay in Charleston.

June 1st

We are heading back home today. We got an early start so we could  put as many miles as possible behind us today so we would have an easy travel day tomorrow. The only planned stop today was a cemetery in Irondale, Alabama. I know by now y’all think we are obsessed with cemeteries but the reason for this stop was family history research for Bobbie. Janet and Bobbie’s family are related to the Gore’s… Yes, somewhere down the line they are related to Al the vice president. I’m not to sure if they want to claim him though… but anyway there are a number of Gore’s buried in Irondale.

Before we got to Atlanta someone noticed a sign about a museum about Margaret Mitchell the author of “Gone with the Wind” so… we decided, or should I say they decided, we had to stop. The museum is located in a house where Margaret rented an apartment. She wrote “Gone with the Wind” while living there. It was an interesting tour of the apartment as well as an exhibition showcasing the life and times of one of America’s most famous authors. It was a fun and interesting stop but it did take up a bit of our travel time and we still had to stop at the cemetery… Oh well we will get as far as we can today.

Margaret Mitchell Museum

Bass Cemetery in Irondale, AL

We didn’t have much information about the cemetery in Irondale so last night we got on google maps to see if we could find it. We had the name of the road the cemetery was off of and the name of a crossing street near by but that was it. We were actually able to find the cemetery using the satellite image. There was no doubt it was a cemetery because you could see the head stones in the satellite image. I plugged into the GPS an approximate address for the cemetery and we drove to it but it was nowhere close so we kept driving until we recognized some of the cross street names and we knew we had driven past it when we recognized some of the buildings from the satellite image. We turned around to go back to a dirt road we had passed and sure enough that was the road. Janet could see the head stones in the distance. After searching (thank goodness it was not a large cemetery) a bit we found what we were looking for. Bobbie took a bunch of pictures for her documentation. Just next to all the Gore’s were a number of Sims’… They could have been relatives from my side of the family… Who knows… We may have to check that out.

Anyway we were back on the road. I was hoping to make it as far as Meridian, Mississippi and we did. We were all hungry and it was a good stopping place so we decided to call it a day.

595 miles today… 528 more to Denton and 211 more home…

June 2nd

Just another day on the road. The only stops were for food, gas, pit stops and the Libbey glass factory in Shreveport, Louisiana. Janet wanted to stop and see if she could find a few deals on some glassware… She did… of course… We got Bobbie home about fivish… I think and then it was on home. We got home about 9:30 PM. A long day of driving.

Bobbie & Hailey cooking

Charleston South Carolina

Bobbie & Hailey at Middleton Plantation

All in all it was a great trip… Very busy the whole time trying to get as much in for Bobbie to see since who knows when she may get back out there. The highlight for me was seeing Bobbie enjoy here family, especially seeing Bobbie and Hailey make a purse from an old T-shirt and cooking together. It was as it should be…

About Other Travels

From time to time I will be adding post about our other travels here. I would love to always travel by bike but Janet and other situations don’t always permit doing them on two wheels… but where we go and what we do can most always be adapted to bike touring. So keep checking back here.