We left Newnan, GA early and had breakfast at a Waffle House with our friend, Darrell. He rode with us for the first 125 miles through rural Georgia. We rode on non-interstate roads all day ( until the last few miles.)
We stopped for lunch in Monticello, FL, the county seat of Jefferson County.
We continued down US-19 after lunch. Usually it rains on us on 19. Today was the first time in a long time that we missed the rain. The down-side was it was HOT.
We got home about 6:30 pm. We were away 18 days. We rode the bikes on 17 of those days and covered 6,103 miles. We’ll wash the bikes tomorrow…
Saturday we left our airbnb and went to downtown Mt. Airy to look for things related to “The Andy Griffith Show.”
We talked to a couple of local gentlemen, who pointed out where things are. Such as Floyd’s Barber Shop
and Barney’s Café.
A few blocks away is the Andy Griffith Playhouse.
The statue of Andy and Opie going fishing is next to the Playhouse..
After taking our pictures we headed for the highway and Atlanta. A couple of hours into the trip it got hot. It was clear we were finally back in the southern heat and humidity.
We stayed with a friend in Newnan, Ga. He showed us around the area.
We visited a new community created by wealthy Atlantans – Serenbe. We also stopped at a barn, which is part of Dunaway Gardens. Famous actors of the 30’s and 40s stayed at homes on the estate and presented plays at a theatre on the site. Today the horses and barn are used for programs for children with disabilities.
We left Allentown early and got on the highway. It was another day of burning up the miles. Here we are taking a break at a rest stop.
We did have some fun riding the twisty roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Today was overcast, but not foggy and rainy.
We stopped at a lake and dam for some pictures.
A little later Beth announced she’d had enough of the BRP, so we headed back to I-81. We found a grocery store and bought a sandwich for lunch.
We arrived at our host’s home in Mt. Airy, NC a little after 6 pm. Our host met us and a local reporter arrived a few minutes later. He is doing a story on airbnb and wanted to interview us and take a few pictures. We talked for awhile then got back on our bikes and went downtown for dinner.
Out host suggested the Old North State Winery. The food was good and they had craft beer as well as local wines.
We are settled for the night and ready for another day’s adventure.
Today was a riding day. We just ate up miles on the interstate to get to our next destination, Allentown, PA. We stayed with our son, Ross and his girlfriend, Michelle. Our son, Drew and his girlfriend, Morgan drove up from Philadelphia after work to join us for dinner and making S’mores around the backyard fire pit.
Not much to picture, but here’s the truck stop where we had lunch.
Tonight we hope to see Opie, Andy, Barney, and Aunt Bea in Mayberry.
Today was the first day of our return trip to St. Petersburg. However, before leaving Charlottetown, we stopped at the Harley dealer to put a new front tire on Beth’s bike. They also checked her battery (it’s ok) and added some air to our tires.
We spent all day just beating down the pavement, since we had to cover about 500 miles. We had a couple hours of cold rain mid-day. The border crossing was uneventful. We had dinner at the most exotic of all restaurants (not) – Burger King!!
This evening we are staying at the home of a Buddhist nun and having a delightful conversation. Tomorrow we head to eastern Pennsylvania and dinner with our sons and their girlfriends.