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Metter, Georgia to Commerce, Georgia

Macon - Athens

Friday June 15
Daily Miles: 200
Accumulated Miles: 5,400
Day 23

Macon

Traveled from Metter to Macon’s United Parcel Depot to pickup the GPS Cory sent me. I fired it up and bingo – it works beautifully. While at the UPS Depot, I asked the UPS Service Representative two questions, where to have lunch in Macon and did she suggest I continue on to Atlanta. (I have never been there) After she gave me a list of sites in Atlanta she presented an alternative. Motor north out of Macon on highway 129, also known as the Grey Highway (guess where that name came from. Yup Civil War days) First lunch – punched in the restaurant’s address into the GPS and 10 minutes later I was parking in front of their door. And this was without making one wrong turn.

Lunch was great, a different style of buffet. A person goes to the food line and tells the person what he/she wants and then he/she sits down. Then the server brings your filled lunch plate. This was my first opportunity to try some additional Southern food. I don’t know what I ate, I just pointed. An excellent lunch.

Lunch stop
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These are images from Macon. A local businessman stopped to talk and gave me a brief history of Macon during the Civil War. Only one home was damaged when General Sherman ordered a cannon to fire on a home. Needless to say the home was repaired and is located on Cannon Street (named after the incident). He closed by saying that Sherman was the original American terrorist. I guess, because of my Canadian License plate he had no idea I am a Yankee. Hmmmm. By the way, this gentleman owns a fishing lodge in Saskatchewan. Want a new neighbor?

Many homes in the South are build with red brick.
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There seems to be a pattern of three faiths in many Southern cities, Baptist, Catholic and Jewish. The Jew were invited to the South, because the general population needed doctors. These three churchs were almost next to each other.

Baptist
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Catholic
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Jewish
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Marker in a public park
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As I have written in previous posts - touring through a large city, with all of its traffic is not my idea of a good time. Soooo I took the Grey Highway. What a beautiful ride. The air was cool as I took the road through miles and miles of rolling treed hills. Northern Georgia is very pretty.

Athens

Athens is the home of the University of Georgia. I liked the town, which has about 100M people, and the campus. What shocked me is the major presence of the Greek houses. The houses are like plantation homes – HUGH. They reminded me of the fraternity house that was used in the movie Animal House. Wonder if this university is a party school!!!

To learn more, go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens,_Georgia
Greek Houses
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Commerce

This place is nothing but an interchange on an interstate highway. I never saw anything like. It is nothing but restaurants, motels and shopping centers – no houses. Very weird and very ugly. (but the room was cheap)

Next day on to Deals Gap!!!!

Posted by asmithusa 05:01 Archived in USA Tagged motorcycle

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Hey Allen, what beautiful homes. Your right, right out of Animal House. Of course the catholic church is just lovely. The jewish temple is just amazing. Is'nt it something that places of worship can look so totally different in their architec? Just the the faiths themselves I guess.
Hope all is going well with the ride. We missed you at my shin dig. Maybe next time. Jeff is finally home and were off to Seattle this weekened to watch some baseball. Toronto/Seattle
should be a blast. Were looking froward to our time together. Jeff is going to view your blog since your start. I'm sure he'll enjoy it. Take care.
Anna

06.25.2007 by graci

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