To Odum, GA

Submitted by Ben on Tue, 03/01/2005 - 11:49

Today was windy!  I had a fierce headwind most of the morning, but then it turned and pushed me in the afternoon, which was a lot better than the other way around.

I saw a tree today that I thought was covered with air plants, but when I got closer I saw they were clumps of flowers -- the dogwoods are starting to bloom!  The red maples are also colorful, with their brick-red winged seeds.  I saw my first cotton fields along the roadside; at first I thought someone had disemboweled a sofa in the wind, but no, the cotton had actually grown there on those twiggy plants.  I gather these are the remains of last year's harvest.

I missed another turn on my route today, but like yesterday I wound up on a road that wasn't significantly longer or worse in any other way as far as I could tell.

I passed a feed store where three guys were talking in the parking lot.  One of them had a beagle who abandoned his owner to run along with me for about three miles.  I stopped for lunch, and he waited patiently for me to come out so he could run with me some more.  I finally lost him when I got a good downhill slope.  I hope he found his way back.

I stopped for the night at a little camping "resort" (i.e. it has a pool) near the town of Odum that has the most ancient pair of owners I've ever seen.  They say they've owned the place for 18 years, and from the looks of it it's been going downhill for at least 5.  But they gave me a good deal on a site and invited me to sleep in the social hall (the one building that doesn't smell of mold) to avoid the predicted frost.  I wasn't going to take them up on it, but then I realized that was silly, so I moved inside.