This morning I started out from our RV Park in Valdosta. I would be spending most of the day riding on Highway 41 North toward Tifton, about 46 miles away. But first I had to get to 41 by taking a frontage road along Interstate 75. When I made my first turn there was the Valdosta State Prison and Annex. This place was tight with a barbwire fence and an additional 15 foot fence on top of that. If anyone wanted to go over the wall, he would have to be a world class pole vaulter.
Apparently they used this prison for Georgia State residents who make really bad puns. Jerry, check out you new home.
My next stop was at this batching plan for road cover material. Does anyone see the image of Soupy Sales in that dirt pile to the right side. Don’t look very hard.
Further down the road I saw these horses snacking at a trough of hay. Of course, I said “HI” to them and they turned to see who was bothering them. They just stared at me then went back to eating.
There is also little difference between the road sides in Florida and those in Georgia. There is a little more trash along the road in southern Georgia which makes it interesting for a biker. When I got back on the road after talking to the horses, I looked in the ditch and it was obvious that this was the place to come and have a beer.
And did you know that they grow cotton in southern Georgia. I stopped at this harvested field and was surprised that there was still a lot of residual cotton on the ground. Here is a real cotton ball for you northerners.
Apparently Spring has arrived in southern Georgia. I passed two blooming trees that really have lost track of time. They were beautiful and hopefully will continue to bloom for a lot longer. BTW how are your bushes blooming?
And what would a road in Georgia be without a carnival ride. Here are the Dizzy Dragons. Not that unusual, is it?
Then I was surprised to come upon the South Georgia Raceway. It was huge. There was a drag racing strip and a full oval track. There was also lots of parking so in the season they must get a lot of spectators. I had the whole thing to myself, however.
While I saw very few dead animals on the roads in Florida, it picked up a little when I got on the Georgia roads. When I first started riding today, I passed two dead opossums. But later I saw this magnificant bird splayed out on the road. He had a great set of wings. This is tough to see.
Fortunately, as I entered the town of Adel, I saw this sign. Maybe some of you remember the blog about Sister Mary Linda and the comment from my friend, Jerry, that he was taught by Sister Mary Margaret who sounded alot like Sis Mary Linda. Well, as I pulled into Adel, I was surprised to see this sign on the other side of the road.
So Sister Mary Margaret became a saint and changed her name to St. Margaret Mary. Go figure. Jerry, did you know about this?
I met up with Georgie in Adel for lunch at a barbeque place. They were out of ketchup so we dipped our onion rings in BBQ sauce. After lunch we drove toward Tifton. A mile or so out of Adel we saw this really cleaver way of identifying the local Methodist church. They had built a miniture replica of the church in front of the actual church. Had never seen this done before but it was an attention getter.
After stopping at the church we headed for the Horse Creek Winery. We had no idea what to expect from a Georgia winery but we were quite delighted at our visit. The manager greeted us at the door and explained that they raised primarily Muscadine grapes and incorporated them in their wines. Muscadine wines are typically sweet and fruity. They also imported grapes from California to make various varietals. He referred to this as Vinifera Wines. I think this refers to European vines brought to the US. We had a chance to sample 5 different wines.
Our hostess for the wine tasting was Allyson, a college student who also worked at this winery on her days off from school. She is currently a Public Relations major. She was very pleasant and fun to talk to. Allyson had a good sense of humor. At one point she was staring at the register and I wanted to take her picture so I asked her to turn her head. She turned her face toward me and I said “no, the other way.” She then went to her manager and said I was being mean to her. Anyway we all laughed and had fun. What do you expect after 5 wine tastings. We bought 5 bottles to take with us just missing the 10% discount. Those are our bottles that she is holding. When Allyson gave me the charge slip to sign there was a space for a tip. So I asked if I should give her a tip. She said I should for the bad time I had given her. So I wrote on the charge slip “Study Hard”. I thought it was a good tip. Then I gave her a little monetary reward as well.
We drove on to Tifton and to our RV park.
We got settled in and Georgie took Quincy for a walk. It’s turning cold tonight.