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Palm Coast, Florida to Savannah, Georgia

Saint Augustine - Jacksonville - Savannah

rain 29 °C

Wednesday June 13
Daily Miles: 200
Accumulated Miles: 4,875
Day 21

This was a short riding day. Weather was still dicey. It rained much of the ride, but there was no wind, lighting or hail. All in all a good ride. I connected with Roy (he is the rider in the yellow) while waiting for the rain to stop. We road together for the last 100 miles to Savannah. Later I discovered he is an Iron Butt rider. He was an excellent rider. I envy him. To learn more about the Iron Butt go to:

www.ironbutt.com/about/about.cfm

These riders are hardcore long distance riders. If I were younger, I would love to do some of their events.

Roy in the yellow
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SAINT AUGUSTINE

Seemed to be nice small beach town. Pretty beaches and was not crowded. I took a picture of the sand, it was that type of sandy beach that motoivated me to move from Ohio to California.

Great Beaches
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JACKSONVILLE

Hated it. Did not even stop. Heavy traffic, roads need repair and in my view, a very ugly city. Could not get out there fast enough.

SAVANNAH

WOW what a city. I loved it. For some reason it reminds of the casualness that a person finds in California’s Venice Beach. The city has so much history. Many of the homes and commercial buildings date back to the eighteen hundreds. Most of them have been restored with some open to tourist. I saw several of the homes on this tour.

http://www.savannahtrolley.com
A person can also tour the city by carriage.

http://www.savannahcarriage.com

Much of the infrastructure shows its age, but in my mind it adds to Savannah’s charm. The city still gives off the feeling of a small town. It has a great visitor’s center. It was built on a grid, which include several blocks. There are 24 “squares” that are actually city parks. Each park is an entire block. The trees are old and beautiful. To learn more go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savannah%2C_ga

To the person, the people were all terrific. I don’t think I passed one local person that did not say “hello”. It did not matter if that person was serving me, or just someone walking down the street. Everyone had a smile – neat huh!!!

Lane and Sharon are from Atlanta. The spent 20 minutes with me making riding suggestions for my next destination - Deals Gap.
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One of the streets still has the original “ballast rocks” that were used in the seventeen hundreds to stabilize the ships bringing in goods from England. After the ships arrive, the rocks were off loaded to make retain walls and streets in Savannah. Those streets and walls are still in use today.

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Water Street is the orignal dock where the cotton was shipped from over 200 years ago
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A "ballast rock" street
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Savannah has the largest Art & Design college in Georgia.

http://www.scad.edu

The food was great. I had a seafood Alfredo with shrimp and scallops. I never saw so much shrimp and scallops served in one meal. It was fabulous. Because of the all of the great food, if I lived here, I would be candidate for a bypass in a few years.

Bottom line – do I want to return for a longer visit – YOU BET. SAVANNAH made the entire trip worth the time and money.

Some random photos of Savannah

Parks
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Women enjoying the day with their music
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Houses / Offices
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Home of the woman who brought the Girl Scouts from England to US
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Tour the city by horse drawn carriage
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Incredible Catholic Church
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Tomorrow off to Charleston, SC.

Posted by asmithusa 22:19 Archived in USA Tagged motorcycle

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Great beach in St. Aug. Allen. Savanah looks just beautiful. Your not kidding alot of history. Fish meal sounds very good. I'm drooling. Thw church is so spectacular. Did you stay for a Mass? Take care. Anna

by graci

Allen, really enjoy your journal..but an exhausting adventure. Be safe...early to bed...just knowing where you are is fine. All is well. Savannah....ahhhh!!

by sylviagene

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