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Days 93 and 94: Georgia state of mind

Location: Acworth, GA

Miles Driven: 849

Total Miles: 23,590

After the near-equivalent of two year’s worth of driving, I am back to my starting point in Acworth, Georgia.  It was back at the end of May I hit the road from here to begin the roadtrip.  And although I am back at the beginning, it’s not the end of the trip…this trip will end in New York later this month, but I will enjoy a good break here being back with my local family and friends.

I left Dallas on Monday afternoon with just a general plan of eventually getting to Georgia by Tuesday.  My hope was to do the majority of the driving on Monday, and it worked out well that way as I covered near 500 miles.  I took I-20E practically the whole way, and Monday night I stopped near Vicksburg, MS.  The siege of Vicksburg was a critical battle in the Civil War and I would’ve liked to visit, but I arrived late at night and got on the road early on Tuesday.

I had just about five hours total to go on Tuesday when I woke up, and found myself back home in Acworth in the early afternoon.  I was excited to be greeted by my good dog friends, Marba and Sally.  I missed these guys.



I hung out for a bit at my old home before heading out to go meet some friends for dinner at my favorite restaurant in the Atlanta area, Tofu Village (Korean BBQ).  So great to reunite with some friends I met while working down here.  I never thought in just six months time of working I’d be able to form some pretty close bonds with these guys, but I did.  Lucky to know another great group of people here in Georgia.

manly hugs all around

Norman and Kelly

Jen and David

Remember Matt? I met him earlier in Bethesda, then Anchorage, and now Atlanta

Tasty Korean BBQ

Nate serious about enjoying the food

Ashley takes a nap as Chak Man looks on, bright-eyed

Hanging with the Jessicas

reunion with part of the MD gang. Ash, me, and Matt

Norman, me, David, and Kelly

stars of the outfield

relaxing with Chak Man

So grateful to have so many of my GA friends come out and meet me, especially at a restaurant whose name raises some eyebrows.  Shortly before 9PM we all headed out of there, said our goodbyes, but there will be chances to meet up again as I’ll be in the area through Saturday.

I returned home and spent time hanging out with my foster mom Donna and her daughter, Mary (and the pups, of course).  I had a bag of trailmix waiting for me in my room (Donna’s trailmix is unbeatable, and she sent me off on this trip with several delicious rations).

I don’t have a lot on the agenda for Georgia outside of visiting with friends, but the big thing on Wednesday will be getting my windshield replaced.  Once that is done, everything with the car is back in order 100%.  I was happy to learn that my insurance covers the replacement fully and I don’t have to pay any money out of pocket.

Great to be back here in my old home.


  1. melissa
    September 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Foster family in atlanta FTW.
    Looks like very yummy octopus/squid at tofu village.
    Enjoy your time at your home away from home and time with friends (two legged ones and four legged ones).

    • September 4, 2010 at 7:42 am

      Thanks, it’s been a good break

  2. John
    September 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Joe, when you get your car ready don’t forget your floormats in the garage cabinet. Otherwise they will go on Ebay or the way of your left over publix sub!!!

    • September 4, 2010 at 7:43 am

      hahaha I will remember those mats. The rule in the house here: “If the food is over 2 hours old, it’s no longer edible.” Tough love. I’m going to buy a publix sub and hide it in the back of the fridge!

  3. The Mommie
    September 2, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Socrates: “Contentment is natural wealth………….”

    It is like you have just landed from space. Space, because so much I have never seen! The view was super.

    Will the secret Trailmix recipe be able to be shared so I can fix it the couple of months you will be home before you leave in January?

  4. John
    September 2, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    the secret is butterscotch chips. I am sure whe will share her full recipe with you

  5. Jonathan
    September 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Uncle Joe,

    Stop slacking with the posts. I want to see more US Parks and History and pics, or maybe you can track some of Hurricane Earl’s aftermath. Keep fighting the good fight.

    Sobrino – Nico

    • September 4, 2010 at 7:48 am

      Ha, dear Nico, I struggle to find things to write about when I sit on my butt for hours at a time. But Sunday I will be on the road again, and arrive in a new place, and there will be more things to discuss. Any tips for things to see in NC? (and don’t mention Duke)

  6. ND
    September 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    The windshield post was supposed to go here. blerg

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