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Day 7

June 6, 2010 8 comments

Location: Bowman, SC

Miles Driven: 310.4

Total Miles: 2,005

Woke up with the sun at the Flying J.  Although I am continuously waking up early, it’s an altogether different sensation waking up with the sun as opposed to waking up with an alarm.  I wake up feeling refreshed and not rushed, even if I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep to begin with.  And if I get tired later in the day, it’s always easy to take a quick nap in the car.

Used the trucker’s facilities at the Flying J to grab a shower.  It’s a pretty nice set up – you get your own personal bathroom – sink, toilet, shower – in addition to a couple towels so you’re not lugging anything wet back to your car.  It cost $10, but I felt it was worth it.  I looked into getting a Flying J loyalty card which could reduce my fee for shower facilities, but those are only beneficial for truck drivers filling up 30+ gallons at a time.

After cleaning up, got on the road and made it to the Savannah area in just about an hour and a half.  Parked at the visitors center and decided I would just walk around as opposed to hopping on one of the tour buses.  Had recommendations to check out River St. along the water, as well as check out one of the town’s eight squares. 

The River St. area was bustling.  There were a lot of shops and restaurants, in addition to a market area set up alongside the river where people were selling hand-made crafts and paintings, and food.  I found a place selling some fresh-squeezed lemonade and immediately grabbed a cup – it must’ve been at least mid-90s out there and I was sweating like crazy.

River St

After walking up and down the riverfront for a bit, I made my way towards a cafe area that was recommended to me by a few Marietta friends who had just visited Savannah.  There I got a nice lunch – gyro, pasta salad, and bread pudding – while listening to some live music by two guys who played a lot of Neil Young covers. 

Marilyn Monroe by the Market Cafe

From there, I wandered around the historic district, saw a lot of old-fashioned homes, some beautiful park areas, and streets lined with huge trees.

Statue of James Oglethrope, founder of the Georgia Colony

Big trees with Spanish Moss are all over Savannah. Very beautiful

Statue of Sgt. Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero

Andrew Low House

Old Sorrel-Weed House

Another big tree with Spanish Moss

Had a nice time in Savannah, but figured I should hit the road and head towards the next destination – Charleston, South Carolina – which was only about 2.5 hours away.  My plan was to check out the view of Ft. Sumter.  Ft. Sumter was a Union fortress that Confederates fired upon in 1861, prompting the start of the Civil War.

Leaving Savannah

It was a little tricky to get to, as the Fort is in the middle of the water, and I was initially looking for an overlook from the wrong side. 

On the way to Eastern Charleston

I did finally make my way to Fort Moultrie (which is part of the Ft. Sumter National Monument), and from there you could get a view of Ft. Sumter.  It doesn’t look like much nowadays from shore, but it was pretty cool to be standing where so much history had taken place.

Ft. Sumter

Mortar at Fort Moultrie

View towards the water from Fort Moultrie

It was after 8pm and I was feeling a bit tired, so I figured I might check out a local sports bar and watch the Celtics/Lakers game.  Before I arrived, though, I realized I was wrong and the game wasn’t airing until Sunday, so I decided I would head in a northwest direction towards the city of Columbia. 

My goal is to arrive at my cousin Dennis’ house in Charlotte, NC, on Sunday, so this was the general direction to head in.  Drove through some sparsely populated, flat areas that would have been ideal for some night shots; however, it turned out to be a cloudy night.  Oh well.  Came across a big Pilot truck stop, and hunkered down for the night.

Looking forward to checking out Charlotte and seeing Dennis.  Haven’t seen him in a couple years, and I’ll get to meet his girlfriend and check out his brand new home (he’s been there less than a week).

joe

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