Off Again: Day 21

The breakfast buffet this morning at the Jacksonville SureStay by Best Western.  There was both hot and cold food, not the usual sweet buns, several kinds of juice, and several flavours of yogurt.  What a great start to a day.  The weather was good for driving.  Sunny in the morning and a bit too hot at times but the afternoon clouded over and I had made good time.

As someone who lives quite northerly, it’s easy to forget that some parts of the world have road construction year round, unlike those of us who have a season of construction followed by a season of winter.  We had to slow quite a few times for workers although not the stop and go kind of traveling we do on our northern roads.

I realized all of a sudden that I was low on gas so decided I would take the next exit.  It didn’t give a distance to the town in question but I didn’t expect to find myself driving through the South Carolina countryside.  It was at least 15 minutes before I came to a crossroads with a state highway that would take me back to the main interstate to Charlotte.  Sure enough there was a gas station.  I swear it used to be owned by Ike Godsey and hadn’t changed a bit since the 20s.  There was a diesel pump and an unleaded one.  After all the places I’ve stopped where there have been 12 or more pumps and I’ve had to prepay inside, I couldn’t resist telling the girl “I’m at pump #1 and I need $15 worth of gas”.  Just picture my car instead of the one there — with only 1 pump, I couldn’t hold things up to take a picture of my own.

My digs for tonight are not bad but not great.  It’s clean and comfortable and it’s only for one night.  I had dinner at Captain D’s which would not have been my first choice.  I was expecting lots of buns and fries and batter but was pleasantly surprised.  I had a lovely plate of blackened tilapia on a bed of rice with green beans. It did come with a few French fries and a lovely warm roll.  It was just enough with making me feel stuffed.

The plan is to head to Charlottesville, Virginia tomorrow, a fairly easy drive as they’re calling for rain in this area and I want to visit Gettysburg the following day and have time to look around.  So for now, it’s Cheers from Charlotte, North Carolina!

Weather photo

About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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2 Responses to Off Again: Day 21

  1. says:

    You are seeing where the real people live! An adventure!

    Charlottesville…is Monticello on your list? We toured about four years ago, It is interesting. We had planned on a meal at Michie Tavern, an original old roadside tavern, but got there too late…it closed At 3pm I think it was.

    Enjoy your shorter drive, don’t rush back,,,snow Thursday and Friday!



    • mysm2000 says:

      I have visited Monticello before but didn’t take photos. I’m going to aim for Michie Tavern for 1:30 to have lunch and look around the shops. If I have time, I may go through Monticello as I do like to have my own photos of places I like. It will depend on whether I’m tired or not. Looking forward to Gettysburg; I’ve never been there. Thanks for all your comments and input.

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