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June 8, 2008

 

It is Sunday nite and I am south of Atlanta.

 

I REALLY liked Fairhope, AL.  I wish I could have stayed longer.  I will def come back and stay for a bit.  There are some cabins that are across the road from the water, near the pier.  So, hopefully in the future I can come back and stay there for a bit.

 

I have had my day to day trip planned out…in my mind.  I awoke this morning out of a dead sleep to realize that TOMORROW is Monday.  I’m off a day.  So…today I need to make some headway.

 

I spent several hours last nite researching what all I was going to do in Montgomery today…most of which are closed on Sunday.  Apparently they don’t have many tourists who come on the weekend.

 

I did stop in Montgomery, and did everything there was to do, civil rights wise, that one could do.  Which is pretty much drive around and look at places since nothing was open.  The reason that nothing is open is cuz no one is downtown.  Of course, if things were open, I wonder if there would be people around. 

 

I pretty much drove around, could stop in the middle of the street, get out and take photos.  There were a couple other cars of what seemed to be tourists, and a few cop cars.

 

I stopped at the civil rights memorial.  I pulled my car over, and took a photo from my car.  This would have been the perfect setting to get my bike out and cycle around, but it was 101’ outside.  After I took these photos, I was still parked and figuring out what to do next.  The map the tourist office gave me, in my opinion, is a “mirror” of reality.  So, each time I made a turn, I went in the wrong direction.  So, it took me a bit to figure the city out.  It was a good thing it was Sunday with no cars, cuz I could easily make U’s to turn around.

 

Oh…when I was done figuring out where I was going, I looked up, and there was a security guard standing there watching me.  Goodness, no one around and he’s worried about me.  I’m such a threat.

 

It was 102’ at 4.30 pm.

 

I stopped in Auburn.  This too would have been a good opportunity to cycle around.  But again, it was 5.30 pm and 102’.

 

Auburn’s downtown seemed to be all [what I call] campus corner.  Unsure if other people use that term. All cheap bars and restaurants for the students. 

 

I had planned on spending the nite in Peachtree City, which is a suburb just south of Atlanta.  While in a doc office in Houston, I saw a financial/$ mag that had their version of the 10 best places to retire. Peachtree City was one of them.

 

I think I’m in Peachtree City on a 4 lane road that has every imaginable chain store possible.  At a stop light I ask the car next to me if there is a downtown area and where would it be.  They told me “this is it”.

 

One of the benefits of living here is that they have a lot of “lanes” [green paths] where people can cycle, run, walk…but also drive golf carts around.  The community has a very high % of golf cart licenses.  I do have to admit, that driving a golf cart around to run errands or visit friends would be cool.

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