Thanksgiving - Day 01
Friday, November 18, 2005

Narrative

Today we traveled from Aiken, SC to Cordele, GA.

If you'll look at the stats below, you'll we got a VERY late start today.

I really hate to start this trip with a rant, but... Our late start is 100% the fault of The Navigator.

Normally he just tosses his stuff in a plastic garbage bag and he's good to go. But not today. When he saw we were going on another trip, he started by lecturing me up one side and down the other about the way I treated him on our last trip when he made a navigation error. Apparently he was okay with it until I posted his error on this web site. If you'll recall, he was in quite a snit for awhile. So today he lets me have it! No biggie for me. I was trying to encourage him to get going and get his stuff packed. He would have none of it. He said he had nothing to wear and wasn't going on the trip.

Exasperating, to say the least. Long story short, when I pointed out that he would run out of food and water before I got back (to say nothing about the fact he'd have no way to go outside and do his business) and bribed him by offering one Greenie per day of the trip, he relented.

We finally hit the road. But the traffic wasn't too bad and we made pretty good time. The weather is still pretty mild here in GA. The temp this afternoon was 70. The southeast is supposed to be cold for two days (Sat & Sun) then warm up back into the 60s. Yeah!

A technical note: I am using some new hardware on this trip. I will write it up for those interested and post a link to it, maybe tomorrow. Nothing like having new toys :)

Don't know for sure, but I suspect we'll be spending the night with the truckers at a Pilot Travel Center. Will be crashing early so I can get up early tomorrow and hit the road early. It gets dark pretty early now and I don't like to drive unfamiliar roads after dark.

Pictures

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This water tower is in Claxton, GA. If you can't read the inscription, it says, "Claxton, GA. Fruitcake capital of the world." I don't know about you, but that seems a rather dubious distinction to me. Directly across the road from the water tower is this old church. Very quaint. And here are the founding members. Sorta interesting. A bunch of people joined on May 10, 1893 and then they went for more than a year until some more people joined on August 12, 1984. I wonder why?

Stats

Mileage:
Beginning time: 10:00am
Ending time: 5:30pm
Net driving time (includes stops, etc.): 7:30
Begining odometer: 142,720
Ending odometer: 143,013
Net miles today: 293
Average MPH: 39.06
Total trip mileage: 293

Expenses:
Gasoline: $0.00
Food, ice, etc.: $10.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00

Thought For The Day

From June in SC:

Some Life Altering quotes (as carved on the outhouse wall :). Warning: slightly irreverent and satirical. Even has music!

Joke Of The Day

From Denise in IN:

A couple was invited to a swanky, very fancy, masked Costume Ball.

On the day of the event, she got a terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party alone. He, being a devoted husband, protested, but she argued and said she was going to take some aspirin and go to bed, and there was no need of his good time being spoiled by not going. So he took his costume and away he went. The wife, after sleeping soundly for about an hour, awakened without pain and, as it was still early, she decided to go the party. Since her husband did not know what her costume was, she thought she would have some fun by watching her husband to see how he acted when she was not with him. She joined the party and soon spotted her husband cavorting around on the dance floor, dancing with every nice chick he could, copping a little feel here and a little kiss there. His wife sidled up to him and being a rather seductive babe herself, he left his partner high and dry and devoted his time to the new stuff that had just arrived. She let him go as far as he wished; naturally, since he was her husband.

Finally, he whispered a little proposition in her ear and she agreed, so off they went to one of the cars and had a little bang. Just before unmasking at midnight, she slipped away, went home, put the costume away and got into bed, wondering what kind of explanation he would make for his behavior. She was sitting up reading when he came in. She said, "How was the Ball?"

He resonded, "Oh, you know, the same old thing. You know I never have a good time when you're not there."

"Did you dance much?"

"I have to be honest with you. I didn't dance at all. In fact, when I got there I was really bummed because you weren't there. I ran into Pete, Bill Brown and some other guys and we went into the den and played poker all evening. "But you're not going to believe what happened to the guy I loaned my costume to......."

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