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Savannah River Bridges
Day 2 - Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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Savannah, Georgia

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I'll get the bad news out of the way first. The Navigator is absolutely devastated! But I'm getting ahead of myself. (There are those who say I live that way.) It rained today. It rained a lot today. I rained hard today. Today was miserable due to the rain. If you'll recall from the Route Overview, I had planned to drive to the end of Tybee Island after finishing the bridges. However, after spending a bunch of time sitting on the side of the road because the windshield wipers couldn't keep up with the rain, I decided to dump the Tybee Island tour. Would not be much fun in the pouring rain.

The Navigator was very much looking to spending time on the beach chasing sea gulls. So, as you might imagine, he became very upset when I announced the beach was not gonna happen today. Finally about 7pm he started to recover. That might be because that's when I gave him a Greenie.

Much of today's narration is in the pics below. Enjoy.

Thanks for traveling with us on this short trip. If anything exciting happens tomorrow on the way home, I'll post it here. Your prayers for our safety are much appreciated. Thanks.


Quote For Today

Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.
               ~ Danny Thomas

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This is bridge number 13, just south of Augusta, GA, This picture illustrates four things: the river, of course, the bridge, a person enjoying their PWC and, last but not least, the way all billboards should look. In the Route Overview I mentioned the Savannah River Site and how tight security is around there. Here's the sign I mentioned. There's a sign like this on every gate on every road leading off the highway.
There's a sign like this, too. They don't fool around. Bridge 14 presented an all too often problem: no place to park while taking a pic. So at the urging of The Navigator, I decided to explore a little used track through the weeds below the bridge to get a pic. The situation quickly got mushy, then sticky, then slick. I switched the truck into 4WD LOW and, with The Navigator chanting, "Yee Haw!" and "Git 'er done!", drove slowly through the weeds and the muck and the mire and the mud to get this pic. I want to thank The Navigator for all his help. I don't even want to think about how this might have turned out without his moral support. Bridge 15 was like bridge 14, no place to park. However, unlike bridge 14, bridge 15 had virtually no traffic. So I stopped the truck on the bridge and shot this out the window. The Navigator started yelling about my "death wish."
This is the I-95 bridge over the river. The 16th bridge. Finally, a nice wide shoulder to park on. However, about 30 seconds after snapping this pic there was a torrential downpour that had lots of people stopping on the shoulder with me. At least I didn't feel lonely. And, the rain washed away all the mud on the truck from our earlier experience. And it WAS muddy :) Bridge 17. As you can see, this bridge is almost at river level. It's in a swampy area with lots of cattails. The weather has been terrible today. This is the eighteenth bridge. I could see ahead of time there's was no shoulder on the bridge. So I stopped before we got there to take a picture. In the time it took me to get the camera ready, the bridge disappeared, cloaked in fog and low hanging clouds. Followed by 15 or so minutes of total downpour. I stayed where I was. After the rain stopped I discovered a Georgia State Department of Transportation driveway that was unlocked. So we snuck in there and took this pic. Pretty bridge. I tried to find a road so I could take a pic from the side. No luck, mostly because of the rain.
Bridge nineteen. The last bridge. Hope you like this pic. I got soaked taking it :) This bridge runs from Hwy-80 to the Fort Pulaski National Monument. I had read the article at that link and was looking forward to the visit. The rain changed my plans.
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Since it's July and the weather is warm, how 'bout getting creative and making some snowflakes?
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A guy is at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter says, "I can't see you did anything really good in your life but never anything bad either. If you can tell me one really good deed that you did, you're in."

"Once I was driving down the road and saw a gang of bikers assaulting this poor girl. I got out, grabbed a tire iron and walked straight up to the gang's leader. He was a huge ugly guy with a studded leather jacket, bald head but with gobs of body hair. He had a chain running from his nose to his ear."

"Go on," said St. Peter, starting to get impressed.

"I ripped the chain out of his nose and ear and smashed his head with my tire iron. Then I turned around with it in my hand, all covered with blood, and told them sick, deranged animals to boogie or they'd get what their leader just got. They were so scared of me that I turned my back on 'em and started toward my car."

St. Peter says, "Really? I can't seem to find this in your file. When did it happen?"

"About a minute before I got to your gate."

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