We were listening to NPR - as one station would get staticy we would switch to the next on. Yesterday we got into some religious station, where they were trying to get people to write the President and tell him to veto the budget bill if it funded Planned Parenthood, but today we stuck to NPR. They were discussing the suicide book/TV show 13 Reasons Why. They seemed to think that the guidance counselor dropped the ball, but I think HS guidance counselors are mainly there to help with seeing the people have enough credits to graduate and writing college recommendations. I don't think they are mental health professionals as a rule. I think the guidance people in middle school are more likely to be able to do that.
Then there was a man who thinks people are taking too many medications and need to use alternative therapies. I was with him until he advocated chiropractic. Therapeutic massage is good, but I think the basis for chiropractic is wrong and can lead to damage.
Tomorrow we are going from Augusta Georgia to Tallahassee. I looked at the maps and there is no way to get to Tallahassee from anywhere in Georgia on an interstate. You can get to Tallahassee from the east, you can get to Tallahassee from the west, you can get to Tallahassee from the south, but if you are approaching from the north, there is no direct highway to take. I told Bob this, and he said, well there ARE roads aren't there? We won't have to cross farmer's fields or anything.
We crossed into Georgia at 2:25, and managed (by correctly navigating a whole cloverleaf of interchanges) to get to the Gordon Highway Hampton Inn. Here there was a problem. They didn't have me in the system - no record of the reservation. It turned out that when I made the reservation the second time (on the phone) it was made at a different Hampton Inn in Augusta. My original reservation in Augusta was meant to put us a little way along the non-interstate road and I was going to visit some cemeteries on Fort Gordon. I decided not to do that but I still wanted to stay at this Hampton Inn. Since they had a room, we checked in there.
I called the other Hampton Inn and they said that they had a 24 hour reservation cancellation policy, but they would cancel my reservation just this once so I wouldn't have to pay for two. I think if they had sent me an email like the Hampton Inn in Selma-Smithfield had done, I might have noticed the discrepancy, but they didn't
Bob roused about 4:30 and asked where we were going to dinner. The front desk gave me a two page list of restaurants which included P.F. Changs (in the big local mall- which I wasn't that interested in going to a mall) and some places on the other side of Augusta. So I looked on the Internet and decided to try the Harbor Inn, which I thought would have stuff Bob liked to eat and it wouldn't be chicken. Also I thought we could get there making only right turns, without getting back on the expressway.
Harbor Inn turned out to be very interesting with a lighthouse out front and many murals on the walls
and live piano music (Bob tipped the piano player $2.00).
Bob got the shrimp, a baked potato, salad and bread. It was on the menu as STRIP - so he said to the waitress, "I thought maybe with this I would get a show".
I had swordfish, salad, sweet potato, and hush puppies.
I didn't eat all the hush puppies. Swordfish was a little dry.
They had two unlabeled squirt bottles on the table - one was cocktail sauce and the other was some kind of white mayo-mustard type sauce. I thought it might be tarter sauce, but it wasn't. There was also a large shaker which Bob thought might be Old Bay but I said - not a chance. It was cinnamon sugar. I am tired of drinking water so I got iced tea (unsweet) and Bob had hot tea. Then we managed to get back to the hotel making only right turns and not using the expressway. We also got gas and we got a little more than 50 mpg.
Tomorrow we go overland through farmer's fields and down the back roads to Tallahassee
May 4 -
We had breakfast with no problems
It was overcast when we started out, and soon the skies opened up and it was pouring rain. The GPS tried to take us over to Macon, and I would follow the AAA route which was also the route on my phone,
And while we weren't going through farmers fields, we were on un-numbered roads - that is not a US highway, not a state highway and not even a county road. Roads with names and no numbers.
It was raining really hard, and Bob was complaining about people who didn't have their headlights on and therefore you couldn't see their taillights either.
Eventually I said we HAD to stop and eat, so at 12:40 at Captain D's Seafood in Cordele.
It was still raining but not as hard. Bob said I should run to the restaurant, but I can only hobble. He said he had not brought an umbrella, although I seem to remember asking him about that.
I asked the lady at the counter what was the smallest meal I could get. She told me that would be a child's meal, so that's what I got. (one piece of fish, cole slaw and broccoli)
Bob had a regular meal (2 pieces catfish, fries, cole slaw and 2 hush puppies). I ate his hush puppies because he doesn't like them.
I took a selfie of myself while I was waiting for Bob to get finished in the restroom. We both used the restroom and then got back on the road. I called my daughter on the phone to let her know where we were.