It rained most of the night and into the late morning. Finally it subsided somewhat after we had lunch so we decided to take the Tour de Jerry We needed some excitement and Jerry’s email promised a ton of that as you could clearly tell. . So we left our camp site and headed deep into Tifton. Coming off the 75 Interstate, we immediately saw the aforementioned Cracker Barrel restaurant.
I directed the RV on the correct turns and soon we were inside the cemetery that held the honorable Homer and Inez Colley.
At first we just drove around looking at head stones hoping to see one marked Colley. There was no office that provided a directory to the grave sites and it was a very large cemetery.
We thought we might have to settle for something close to the name Colley so we stopped at this site. While “Conley” was close to “Colley” we decided to push on to find the real site.
I then saw this truck maneuvering around the cemetery and I started to follow it in hopes of getting the true location for Homer and Inez. The truck stopped ahead of me and I got out to talk to “Dave”. He was a caretaker at this cemetery and he remember seeing the Colley tumbstone but suggested that he would have to go to the barn to check his computer for the exact location. So we followed him to the barn.
Dave found their names and site on the computer, but wanted to check the official book and his map.
Finally Dave found it and drove us to the site. He and his associate, Duane, proudly stood at the Colley grave. We thanked him for his perseverance and dedication and for taking the time to help us.
We spent some quiet moments at the grave and Georgie placed some flowers in their honor. Homer fathered three children with his first wife, who had passed at a young age; and five with Inez for a total of eight children. Amazing. Homer passed at age 55 while Inez lived to be 94. There is more to their story but I’ll leave it here. Rest in peace, Homer and Inez.
Our next stop, as suggested by Jerry, was the Adcock Pecan Store. They had everything you could think of using pecans and other Georgian stuff. So we filled a small cart with various treats which we started to consume immediately.
Deviating from the prescribed tour, we went to the Tifton Mall. We needed a large indoor space to walk Quincy, who had been confined to the RV most of the day. The mall was a perfect place.
This mall is one of the oldest existing indoor mall in Georgia. Built in 1969 and after a fire in 1972 it was remodeled and reopened. Today it houses Belks, TJ Max, Penney’s and many other stores. Quincy enjoyed his walk. He wanted to ride on the space ship but we nixed that. Too many people watching.
He then wanted to talked to an Army Recruiter about possible jobs in the military if he didn’t make it as a service dog. They said they would be glad to take him.
And he wanted to ride on the merry-go-round but some other kid had beat him to it.
Then we hit another exciting location on the Tour de Jerry. It was the Agrirama at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.
Jerry suggested we visit there and see his cousin, Beth McDonald. But when we got there we asked someone if Beth was in today and they said “NO! But Lynn McDonald was available”. It seems that Lynn was the cousin that worked at the Agrirama. We waited at the reception center while she drove up from the museum.
We all greeted and had a laugh. Here we are holding Tifton Nuts in our hands. Cool, huh?
Lynn told us about the museum and that it was primarily focused on showing school children what life on the farm was like in past years. There were some 31 buildings on the site. She also told us about her son who had been an aspiring cyclist but recently decided to pursue some other career. We said goodbye and that we would clear things up with Jerry when we saw him. Apparently Lynn is Beth’s sister but Beth does not work at the Agrirama.
That was our day of adventure under the guidance of Jerry. Can you imagine what the BRAG bike rides are like! Anyway, we thought it was fun and adventurous.