Ormond Beach, FL

I love it! What a beautiful start to the day.

I decided to stay one more day in Ormond Beach. And a very interesting day it has been so far. There is one of those little “home made markets” going on in front of the library. I love to wander around through them to see what interesting things are there.

Today a woman who is into natural healing of cancer wanted to speak to me and pray with me. When I wanted to say something, she said… no, no no.. don’t talk, we would only disagree. HA! How would she know if she didn’t hear what I had to say.

The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me. Luke 10:16

I will always be there if they need help and that is all I’m going to say about it.

I will be leaving a little bit later today, but I’m really in no rush to be heading down the road.

I can go down the walk that runs along the river and just enjoy it without rushing down the road. Unless I see something different, I probably won’t be taking many pictures.

At least its not raining today! I am working on new rain covers for my baskets. I can’t decide if I like the ribbon I chose or not…. not that I had a lot of choices, lol. I also have plans to fix my bicycle seat. I’ve got everything I need to fix it, I just need to sit down and do it.

That’s all for now.

Today’s Tidbit: Before you assume I don’t know how, why not assume I do and before you think I can’t, why not think I can.

Ormond Beach, FL

It’s been a few day, but I’ll try to catch up on the journey. I am currently in Ormond Beach, FL. When I was in Green Cove Springs I stayed at Camp Chowenwaw. Its used a lot for the girl scouts and I’ve been told the boy scouts also use it.

I’ll admit, this place would be awesome for groups. It includes cabins and check it out… tree houses! They have areas for tents also. For the price you get a lot. The tent area had a large building that included a refrigerator and stove. There was a separate building used for showers and bathrooms. Now I will admit I was extremely uncomfortable with men and women using the same bathroom, but I think everyone felt the same way and if a woman walked in, the guy stayed outside. The only time that was different was with husband and wife… it was still kind of weird.

There is also a very large lodge for group parties, meetings and weddings. One more benefit was the swimming pool. The only downside to the camp was the encroaching building of houses, but they are along the street and not visible to the camping area. You can only hear the hammering when they are working.

Another nice area of Green Cove Springs was their “main” park. It included a boat ramp, a walkway that ran along the river, and a water play area. Oh yes, I forgot.. the squirrels; begging for food. The kitty cat is the library mascot that actually lives across the street. He too begs for food and loves attention.

The last group of photos are just miscellaneous things I took pictures of. Crop fields being prepared, different waterways and I don’t know what those long missile like things in the field are, but as I was heading south, there was one on a truck heading north.

I stayed the day in Ormond Beach today. Its been raining off and on all day. I will be heading to Ft. Pierce for a short time.

That’s all for now.

Today’s Tidbit: If you need to make others appear lower or bad in order for you to appear good, then your missing the target.

Familiar Turf

I had forgotten what Florida humidity was like in the short time I was away.

It was a pleasant ride with funny little things popping up all over. It started with the no swimming, beware alligator sign. I stopped and looked around and was curious what it was people would be swimming in, there was no water, just concrete. I guess it could have been a pool that was maybe filled in and they never took down the sign… I don’t know, but for a few minutes I just chuckled to myself at it.

Then I found this next; a new type of farm! Yes, haven’t you always wondered where all that top soil comes from? Well, several places just before getting to Callahan actually made dirt. Piles and piles of dirt. So now you know where all that dirt you get in the store comes from.

The next two pictures are of a trail head that had entrances on both sides of the road. I thought about stopping there and checking it out, but was worried I might get caught in the rain, so I kept on down the road.

I made it to Callahan and yes, it did start raining, and raining and raining. I decided that since my clothes were still not dry from the last hard rain that I would go to the laundromat and get them dry while it was raining outside. This place was definitely different. You had to use a card to make the machine go. The person that ran the place gave me a weird look and said she saw me pull up with that trailer, and the said ” we did this because the homeless people were breaking into the machines and stealing all the money, we are going to do it with the doors to the bathroom too because they crap on the floor and spread it on the walls.”

I just smiled and said, just because I travel like this doesn’t mean I’m homeless, but if you have an issue with me being here, I can wait until the next city to do my clothes. She started being nice to me after that. I guess I fall into the old fashioned way now. To me it is just easier to put quarters in the machine. I ended up giving the card to another person when I left. I have no intention of going back there.

I tried hard for a few days to think of something good to say about that area, but just couldn’t see it. People didn’t seem to respect their own community, there were piles of poop on the side walks and someone had vomited all over the place on one of the streets. But there was a lot of construction going on so maybe things are changing.

I didn’t stay in Callahan, but continued on down towards Jacksonville. I wasn’t exactly what road I was going to take, but I didn’t want to go down US1. I met Rick along the way and he offered to let me stay on the couch at his house for the night. He was a nice person, but was dealing with the possibility of losing his house. When I left there the next morning and started into Jacksonville, I did a lot of walking because the roads were really busy and the sidewalks were not that great.

I did have a pretty awesome BBQ sandwich for lunch at one of the local places along the way and made it almost to Orange Park.

It was still dark when I was walking along St Johns River. I may not have any photos of downtown Jacksonville in the daytime, but I did get a couple night time shots.

It was kind of sweet that the park I took this from had a lot of couples sitting along the riverbank. A kind of lovers lane, Jacksonville style.

And that brings me to today… Oh man what a day it has been starting when I got up at 4:30… There was supposed to be a quick stop gas station not too far down the road, but I blinked and missed it, or I was just plain overwhelmed by the amount of traffic that was on the road… hundreds of cars… I had to double check my clock. Turns out there is a Navel air base there and there was even more traffic coming from the other direction. It was all tied up at least a 1/2 mile on each side… and the cars just kept coming and coming.

My lights on the bike decided they didn’t want to work, so I walked and I must say walking towards traffic in the dark is not easy. The lights tended to blind me. And then it got even better, the shoulder disappeared. I was relieved to see the Waffle House and a gas station just after the overpass. It was pretty cool that someone picked up my tab for breakfast. I’m glad I stopped because it would be a while before I got a chance to eat again. I think it must be National Flat Tire day or something.

I got a flat tire with the side of the trailer that I can’t take the wheel off. I honestly didn’t feeling like dealing with it, so I went to a tire repair and asked if they had a car jack I could use. Turns out that the tire wasn’t flat, but that the valve stem broke off. So the tire repair let me keep my trailer there while I went to the store 15 minutes away. I got a new tube and headed back, replaced the tube and headed back down the road. I made it maybe 1 1/2 blocks and something fell out of my trailer, so I parked the bike and went to get it.

When I heard the popping sound I thought maybe someone had run over what fell out, but it turned out to be the tire on the trailer. Then I realized it was the tire I just bought and put on there! A defective tire…. long story short, I found a spare tube in the bottom of my trailer, fixed the bike again and decided to go sit at the library since now my phone was out of power. When I get to Walmart, I’ll get two tires and tubes for the trailer.

That is where I am now. I haven’t decided on which route I am taking, but I did decide that it was going to lead me to a camping ground so I can sit for a couple of days and clean that trailer out!

I wasn’t really in the mood to post anything, but decided that I need to shake off the crappy stuff that has happened today and find something positive to focus on. Which brings me to today’s tidbit.

The definition of Perseverance is to go on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition, importunity, or warning. It means to never give up, never stop trying no matter what tries to stop you.

Well How About That

I stayed two days in Nahunta, Ga and I completely forgot to take any pictures of the area.

It was raining off and on when I got there, so I spent the day at the library. When I left it started to rain and I went under an overhang so I wouldn’t get wet. The next thing I know I’m chatting with a guy turned out to be the Pastor of the church that I was standing in front of.

Long story short, I was invited me to the ladies meeting they were having that night and afterward he allowed me to stay in the church for the night. He said they are always helping travelers that come through town.

It was great, but now I know why I don’t hang out with women’s groups. Definitely not for me. Noisy! But I was glad I went. If your ever in Nahunta, GA, stop by and check out the Foundation Church. I think you’ll enjoy them.

Highway 301 south was pretty flat and actually fairly enjoyable to ride down. I got a late, very slow start, but did make it to Folkston, GA. by the end of the day.

By the time I got there it was late enough that I didn’t have time to explore. That is where I am today. My leg is still achy from the accident I had back in Jesup so I am going to see if I can find a camp ground close to here so I can sit still for a couple of days.

Now, as to everyone’s question…. Where am I going to go next. I wish everyone would stop asking me that because I honestly don’t know. All I know is I am not going camping in the snow. I don’t like cold weather that much!

That’s all for now.

Today’s Tidbit: By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3

Jesup, GA

I made it to Jesup on Friday ahead of Tropical Storm Nestor. The forecast tracks were still taking it over the area so I spent what money I had on a hotel room and waited. I was actually impressed with the room that I got. It definitely exceeded my expectations for sure. If you need a room while in that area, I would highly recommend the Western Motel.

When the storm had passed I left the motel and decided to wander around town since it was still very overcast and threatening rain.

I may not have had any money, but I did have a Dunkin Donuts gift card, so I decided to head there to get something to eat. What a crappy decision that was.

While I was having breakfast the cashier from Jersey Mikes, came in and told me I was not allowed to park my bike in front of the store and I had to move. (there were 3 stores crammed into one little place)

Now, I do my best not to get in anybody’s way and I try hard not to upset people. I parked the only place I could find and put my bike against one of the signs in the front. I made sure I wasn’t blocking anyone’s way, if someone had parked there, I made sure I wasn’t blocking any doors or walkways, but yet I still manage to get fussed at…. Oh well, life goes on..

I sent a quick note to the corporate office about the event then brushed my feet on the ground (several times) and left the crappy feeling there. Its based on this scripture: And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them. Luke 9:5 But is more like my way of leaving my bad feelings behind.

I had planned on staying in Jesup for another day, because the place was all decked out for Halloween. It appeared to be a competition on who could make the best decoration and I wanted to get some more pictures because some of them were pretty cute.

But after that happened, I decided it would be best if I went ahead and left. If the spirit of that city is like that, I wanted no part of it.

I wasn’t sure where I was heading because I hadn’t had a chance to look at a map to find camping areas. I just figured when I get to the next city, I’ll decide where I would be heading and what roads I’ll be taking. Until then, I’ll just keep going the way I was.

The good news was that the little bumps in the road were no longer there! It took me just over a day to get to a little town called Nahunta. Its a fairly small community with just over 1,000 people. I walked most of the way there this morning, while looking at the stars and watched a beautiful sunrise as the fog floated into the sky and eventually disappeared.

I’ll try to get a few pictures later as I wander around town. I haven’t decided if I will stay one more day here, or continue on the road tomorrow, but I’m thinking one more day won’t hurt. There is a state park some place around here and a large river also.

That’s all for now.

Today’s tidbit: One small stone thrown into a pond makes many far reaching ripples in the water. But you can not make ripples in the water while holding that stone in your hand.

Plans Change

I found a camping ground on the way to Jesup. I really needed to sit still for a couple of days, rearrange my trailer and reorganize everything. At the same time, I had been watching what is now Tropical Storm Nestor move toward the coast.

Being flexible with your plans helps to relieve stress when things don’t go as you plan.

When I approached the camping area, I got a bit concerned with what I might be going to. There was a closed down steel factory with lots of derelict big rig trucks all around and then I saw the raggedy old shack that was a bait shop/campground check-in. Welcome to Morgan Lake hunting and fishing.

The campground itself turned out to be about 1/2 mile down a long dirt road. I didn’t think it would be too bad…. little did I realize that it would be the noisiest place I have ever been. Trains and Helicopters during the night, followed by gravel trucks in the morning.

But I’ll admit, for the number of RV’s that were there (and there were a lot of them) it was a pretty quite camp, other than the external noise. I was the only tent out there.

In the morning I headed off to Jesup. I was hoping I had enough money for a hotel room for 2 nights. I figured one night would be ok, except that the storm would not be in this area until sometime in the middle of the day on Saturday, so if I got a room on Friday I might be stuck in the stormy weather at check out on Saturday. If I got the room for Saturday night, it might be filled up and I would still be out in the weather or there could be pretty bad weather before the eye crossed over.

Because I don’t watch the news regularly, I wasn’t sure how bad the storm actually was and couldn’t see the doppler of how wide spread it was. I was also unable to find out if hurricane shelters would be open here or not.

Decisions, decisions… I decided it was better to be safe than sorry, and got a room for 2 nights. I’ll be broke for a few days, but at least I will be safe and not worry anyone.

Coming into Jesup, passing the Altamaha river, it was pretty on one side, but the other side was overpowered by the huge plant. And when I passed that thing… GROSS! What a horrible odor in the air. I have no idea how people could live having to smell that horrible odor every day. And look what I found! An old fashioned newer drive-in theatre.

Now, sitting in the hotel room, it becomes a waiting game. I just watched the weather report and the storm still appears to still be off the coast. The weather forecasters keep insisting it will be at the northern end of South Carolina by tomorrow morning, but I’ll feel better when I see it move.

The funny thing about it is that when I was in Register and they were saying how bad the drought was and they were hoping for rain… I can only say that they have been getting what they have asked for. First it was one short shower for a few hours, then a steady rain for about 1 1/2 days and now an even heavier rain is headed their direction.

Well, that’s all for now.

Todays tidbit: Ask anything of God and believe you will receive and it will be given to you (Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24, and others)

Todays tidbit 2: Impatience causes inflexibility, which creates stress. It becomes a battle of your will vs. God’s will. Learning to trust God will help you to have patience and flexibility. Stress will melt away and you will be filled with the peace that follows.

Oh Boy… what a week!

I couldn’t afford to pay the bike shop to fix my spokes, and they didn’t offer, so I decided to just find the tool and would fix it myself. I figured that when I got to the campground, I could work on it.

Well it was a good thought anyway. The ride was different than what I’ve been seeing. These fields were a different kind of crop.

Container after container – it seemed like a gazillion of them were here. It is actually a Walmart distribution center. It was hard to believe how many containers were sitting there.

It was kind of nice going the smaller roads to get there because there was a lot less traffic. But unfortunately, I could not make it down the road the campground was on. The dirt was too soft. So soft, I almost got stuck!

So plan B, keep moving forward until I can find a place to sit down and decide where to go next.

I made it to a little town called Register. While I was trying to decide if I should stay there or if I should keep going down the road someone walked up to me and offered to let me set up my tent in their yard. I think I met half the town in the next 5 minutes, lol.

The pony turned out to be on a long tether, not roaming free like it appears. Some guy actually tried to put a saddle on it a few minutes after I took the picture. The pony did not like it at all. It may sound mean to say, but I was actually pretty amused as I watched him trying to put the saddle on and the pony bucking and kicking to toss it back off. He did finally get the saddle on and was able to walk the pony around, but when his daughter showed up, she walked away disappointed when it appeared dad say no riding today.

The people here were really nice and were telling me about how dry it was. As a thank you I told her I would ask God to send some rain. Not enough to flood, but a steady rain to saturate the ground. She said anytime I pass through, I was welcome there. Then I headed down the road.

As I was leaving I had hoped to make friends with a little kitten that was begging me for food.

But he liked it too much where he was, so I headed down the road without him. As I was leaving my bicycle decided it just did not want to work. I couldn’t peddle; every time I tried the wheel wobbled so much it rubbed against the frame. I ended up walking most of the way to Glennville which was 30 miles.

I will be honest and say the walk was definitely not an easy one. Those little ridges I don’t like so much were a lot wider on this part of the road. I couldn’t even fit the bike between the ridges and the grass.

I was able to glide down hills, but straight flat land and any uphill climb, I could not do because of the peddles making the tire rub against the frame. But I was able to make it through Claxton and down to Glennville. As I was walking down the street looking around I heard someone calling my name.

It turned out to be someone I had met back when I was in Claxton. She said she was worried about me going down the one highway to get to Hinesville, saying it was very dangerous and wanted to offer me a ride. Her name is Sherry and she is on fire for God.

I’m glad I met her because she is full of energy.

In the morning as I was heading off to get coffee, I ran into another challenge. As I was coming up to a stop at an intersection, I heard a snap and had no front brake. I wasn’t too worried as I know how to change brake cables now and I figured if Dick’s didn’t have cables, I could get them from Walmart.

Sherry gave me a ride to the Dick’s sporting in Hinesville later that day. We talked for a bit and then she prayed over me. She also put some salve on my hand saying it would clear it up. She was definitely a blessing that day because without that ride, the thought of possibly going down hills with no brake just did not sit well with me.

Dick’s said it would be a few days before one of their techs could look at the bike and the girl behind the counter asked if I wanted her to look at it. Honestly, I really only wanted to borrow the tool that would get the gear thing off so I could change the spokes, but I accepted her offer. She actually called her husband to come in and help out. And that is when they discovered that the spokes that were sold to me were too skinny to fit on the wheel.

They said there was a bike shop in Richmond Hill, but I wasn’t planning on going North and I didn’t know of any other shops in the area. As I was trying to think of what to do, the lady from Dick’s offered the solution of taking a wheel from a defective bike that had been returned and was sitting in storage for a while. It fit on the bike pretty well and when they saw the brake cable broken, also offered to fix it. A big thank you to them for all their help. My bike is starting to look like a mutant, lol. The front wheel is the one from the bike shop in Mt. Pleasant and the back one is from Dicks.

And it started raining this morning so I wasn’t going to be going far. I found the library and that is where I am now. There is a camp ground about 3 miles to the south and I would probably go check that place out except that it is raining pretty good.

I think the rain as stopped for a few minutes. I should head off while I can. I plan on going south tomorrow, its just a question of how far to go and which road to take.

That’s all for now.

Today’s tidbit: And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. Isaiah 58:11

Statesboro, GA

Oh goodness, there were more hills to go up and down. And these hills, though fewer, they were higher. At one point a sheriff stopped to talk to me. Not that I was doing anything wrong, but a passerby was concerned about my struggling to get up the hill. I told her I was fine and took breaks as much as I could. That particular hill was + 348ft. I am definitely looking forward to FLAT land!

On the upside, going down those hills allowed me to coast for a very long distance. The weather was warm and in the morning it was cloudy, but by afternoon it was sunny.

As I was passing over the bridge, the “swamp” area was bone dry and the plants below looked like they were starved for water. I don’t how long the drought here has been going on but even the river looked pretty low.

About 10-12 miles down the road, I came to this really small community called Cooperville and had lunch at the gas station/restaurant. It was pretty good food, for a pretty low price. But this was one of those dinky little places with a Dollar store, the gas station and a post office.

I scared lots of deer away from the roadside before I could grab my phone to get photos, but I did get a chance to get a picture of this redheaded woodpecker.

The rest of the trip was pleasant, mostly flat roads and lots of countryside

When I started finding peanuts on the side of the road, I got curious. I had never had unboiled, unbaked, or unsalted peanuts before. Fresh picked peanuts that had fallen off the trucks. There were more and more of them as I went down the road. I didn’t pick anymore up, but just laughed to myself because it reminded me of the Dupois Campground down in Florida when the corn trucks went by and ears fell off the trucks. It was the best corn I had ever had.

I bet if I had picked up all the peanuts I was finding I probably would have collected a whole pound.

There is a campground about 7-9 miles from here I am considering going to. Its $10 night and you can rent a kayak for a few hours or a whole day. It might be pretty fun to do that.

Today’s tidbit: Life can change in an instant due to job loss, weather disaster, illness, death, or even war. Do not judge those who are fighting to survive what life has dealt to them. More importantly do not condemn those who have lost hope or given up for they are the ones who need you the most.

Back Into Georgia

What a beautiful sunset! It had been very overcast most of the day, but at the very end of the day the sun broke through the clouds long enough to say “I’m still here!” and then it disappeared behind the clouds once again.

It was what I call a Fall day. The day when winter starts to make the warmth of summer, but it doesn’t quite work.

I think the accident I had the other day broke a couple of spokes and my wheel was wobbling for a lot of the trip. When I get to a bike shop or another Walmart, I will get some more spokes. If its Walmart, I’ll just have to order them online and have them delivered.

I honestly did not like Allendale, it had a uncomfortable feel to the whole city. I ended up getting a hotel room for the second night I was there because the feeling was just too overwhelming. I don’t like spending money I don’t have, but I’d rather do that, then be up all night in fear for my safety.

The room was actually a lot nicer than I expected for only $45.

I left after coffee in the morning and headed down the road toward Sylvania, GA. I enjoyed the ride except for the HILLS! Lots and Lots and Lots of hills! Then I made it to the trail. Its an old highway that was turned into a trail and it runs along side the current highway.

I probably could have gone down the trail for the next mile, but opted not to. And I am glad I didn’t. When I got to the river, the trail ended and there was no working bridge to cross over.

On the other side of the bridge, I was back into Georgia.

I stopped at the Welcome center to pick up a map and any information I could on campgrounds.

Unfortunately the welcome center was closed that day and the next day. However, there had been a caravan of RV’s that passed me as I was crossing the bridge and they happened to be there. About 6 of them all together. They invited me to have a sandwich and chips then they headed home. They had been to the Santee Campground in SC. The one guy, Danny, said that if I go through Jesup on my way south that I could put my tent up there.

I headed off down the road again with about 15 miles to go. About halfway there, it looked like it was about to rain, so I stopped and covered everything, got my rain jacket and my umbrella….. then it decided not to rain, lol. It did rain a few miles down the road and after about an hour it started raining again.

It took me all day to get there, but I finally made it to Sylvania. The center of the city sits pretty much on top of a really big hill and everything else is all around. The only fast food was McDonalds, but there are a few restaurants in the area.

There is supposed to be a camping area a few miles outside the city so I will be looking into that before I head off tomorrow.

That’s all for now.

Today’s tidbit: Blessings come in many ways, some are small, some are large. It’s not the size of the blessing that matters, its the blessing itself. Enjoy them all and be thankful for what you are given.

Happy New Year!

If you know anything about the Jewish religion you will know that the Jewish new year has just passed. Lots of interesting things start happening this time of year and it can be awesome.

I was able to go to the play “The Diary of Ann Frank”. It has such a sad ending. But I thought the cast did a pretty good job of telling the story.

I stayed at the librarians house for the night and she invited me to the play. She was playing the role of Edith Frank. It was definitely something different to do and I enjoyed it.

The staff at the very small library were very nice people. It as only been there for just over a year, so they are still building it up.

I’m not sure why my photos of it didn’t upload, I’ll try again later. The internet speed where I am at the moment is not the best.

I left Cottageville the next day and only went as far as Walterboro because something was not right with my bike. As I was coming into Walterboro, I heard a screech behind me and quickly pulled off the road.

Little did I realize that the screeching car decided to pass on the right hand side of the person behind me, so I was actually faced with two cars behind me. I will admit, I thought for sure I was about to get hit, but he stopped just before that. I sure hoped that not everyone here drove like that.

In the morning I headed off to get my coffee and was trying to decide how far to go when the bolt broke on the trailer and I took another tumble into the roadway. I am very grateful that no cars were on the road at that time because it could have been a lot worse.

That also made my decision to stay another day because I needed to make sure I had extra bolts just in case something like that happened again. Two accidents within a week is not a good thing. Once I fixed the trailer and had extra bolts I headed out again.

No too far outside the city I met someone who said if I make it to where he lived that I was welcome to stay at his place. He was in the process of foreclosure and was leaving to go to Charleston on Thursday. I told him I wouldn’t put a picture of him online unless I had his permission. He hasn’t said whether its okay or not yet.

On the way there the horses were prancing in the field again, and ran up to the fence to greet me. I don’t know why they do that, but I get the biggest kick out of the bucking, kicking the hooves in the air and prancing around, showing off.

My bicycle still wasn’t feeling right and something was rubbing and making it difficult to peddle, but I made it to the next little town. Welcome to Lodge, SC.

With a population of about 114 people it is a dinky little place. There is a closed down auction house, a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch, two churches and a few houses, but that is about all there is. My new friend said the town has been dying. Seems to be a trend here in South Carolina, the small towns getting eaten up by the larger ones.

I will be here until tomorrow and then head off again. Not much else is going on.

Today’s tidbit: Variety is the spice of life. Enjoy the diversity of the environment around you and allow it to help you overcome partiality.

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