“I Woke Up This Morning”: “Had Them Statesboro Blues”

Friday January 13, 2017, 42 miles (68 km) – Total so far: 584 miles (940 km)

Statesboro Blues by the Allman Brothers Band
Statesboro to Altamaha Gordonia State Park in Reidsvile, Ga.

Well, I didn’t really have the blues this morning but the song seemed appropriate given my location. I did wake up to a full moon setting over camp and that was pretty cool. When you fall asleep at 8 pm. it’s ok to wake at 5 am. and that’s when I start my morning routine.

Wolf Moon on Friday the 13th.

First, coffee dripped into the cup. Then while bundled against the cold and sitting in my marvelous chair, I write this blog. I’m usually just to tired to do it at night. After blog posting comes Face Book and then Instagram. Yes, I’m addicted. They say it’s the endorphins again, just like runners (bikers) high so at least there’s an excuse for it. Thing is, it’s an easy way to keep up with everybody and I like that.

Coffee and Maps. Morning routine.

Next, more coffee and planning out my day’s route and destination. I’m usuing ACA’s Atlantic Coast Maps for this part of the trip. Still getting used to them though. In order to fit the page, each section of around 30 miles has to be oriented just so. This means, north is not always the top of the page. This seems to confuse me and I find myself turning right when I should turn left. There are also descriptions at some of the intersections to help you make the right route. These would be a big help if I remembered to read them. Also, some turns are on “un-named roads”. Those aren’t so easy to find. Haha. So it’s not the map’s fault if I get turned around from time to time. It’s human error. Just adds more adventure. Besides, ” It’s not about the miles, it’s about the smiles”. There are times I’d like to strangle whoever said that.

Eventually, I’ve had all my coffee, the sun has risen and is trying to warm the day, I’ve cleaned up, packed up and all that’s left to do is ride to my next location. So that’s what I do.

A house built n 1872 and refurbished in 1976. Reminded me of my first house I bought that was built in 1861.

Cotton on the hoof. They still plant cotton here. Not as much as in 1872 but you can still see some fields.

I’d planned a short day today as there was a nice campground in Reidsville and I needed to do some chores like groceries and find an ATM. I was out of food and cash. Sometimes while out enjoying everything, you have to come back to reality and do some work. Found a good grocery store which had an ATM in the parking lot. Score!!! Needed food cause there aren’t many services for the next few days and there was a stealth camp in the near future.

Checked into Altamaha Gordonia State Park and was lucky enough to get a site on this busy Holliday weekend. Of course this meant more folks to play music for as they wandered around camp. So that’s what I did. My neighbors said they enjoyed being serinaded while they set up camp and enjoyed the sites. Cool!!!

Later, I cooked a veggie dinner and pondered how lucky I was to be doing this type of activity. Tomorrow, I’ll get up and do it all again.

Dinner's cooking.