Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Chasing Jefferson Davis Marathon Fitzgerald Georgia 5/16


WELL BELOVED READERS IT HAS BEEN AWHILE SINCE YOURS TRULY HAS DONE SOMETHING INTERESTING ENOUGH TO DESERVE A BLOG.  PULL UP A CHAIR AND ENJOY THE LATEST ADVENTURE. 

SOME CALENDAR SURFING ON THE MANIAC SITE REVEALED A LITTLE RACE A FEW HOURS AWAY IN GEORGIA COMMEMORATING THE SURRENDER OF JEFFERSON DAVIS.  THE SURRENDER ROUTE JUST HAPPENED TO BE 26.2 MILES.
THE FINE FOLKS IN ABBEVILLE GA PUT ON THE EVENT LAST YEAR TO REMEMBER THE 150 TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EVENT. 
THIS WAS YEAR 2 AND IT SOUNDED LIKE A GOOD EVENT.
TURNS OUT 2 OF OUR LOCAL LEGENDS CHRISTINE S AND MIKE K RAN IT LAST YEAR.  CHRISTINE HAD A STRAY DOG FOLLOW HER FOR 16 MILES AND MIKE ENJOYED THE HISTORY OF THE  RACE BUT DID  SKIP THE AFTER PARTY WITH A VISIT TO THE ER FOR FLUIDS.  THIS YEAR'S FORECAST LOOKED BETTER SO OFF I WENT TO EXPLORE SMALL TOWN CONFEDERATE TERRITORY.

ASHBURN GEORGIA KNOWS HOW TO ROCK THE WORLD WITH A BIG FESTIVAL AND IS THE HOME TO THE CHAMPION BBQ PITMASTERS -SERIOUS PRIZE MONEY $20,000 !!!

TRUTH BE TOLD SEEING THIS--THE WORLD'S LARGEST PEANUT UP CLOSE WAS A MAJOR MOTIVATION TO RUN 26 MILES. HISTORY BE DAMNED.


THIS IS THE VERY LOVELY COURTHOUSE BUILT IN 1903 FOR LOTS OF MONEY

WITH THE BELOW RIGHT NEXT DOOR. THIS IS NOT A BED AND BREAKFAST IT IS THE JAIL !!    IT WAS ACTUALLY USED UNTIL 1993. THE SHERIFF AND FAMILY LIVED ON THE BOTTOM FLOOR AND THE INMATES WERE ON THE SECOND WITH BIG WINDOW VIEWS AND BARS ON THE INSIDE OF THE GLASS.
MISS GERRY WAS CALLED FROM HER HOUSE TO GIVE ME THE TOUR. THIS IS THE JAIL KEY AND I ASKED HER TO PLEASE NOT LOCK ME IN.

IF THE JUDGE DECIDED THIS WAS YOUR DAY-  THE TRAP DOOR WOULD OPEN


AND THIS IS YOUR FATE.
NOTE THE BARS ON THE INSIDE OF THE WINDOWS


IF YOU ARE INTO PARANORMAL STUFF YOU CAN SPEND THE NIGHT IN THE JAIL AND EXPERIENCE THE GHOSTS.


HERE IS THE HISTORY OF THE SURRENDER- HALF OF THE CONFEDERATE GOLD THAT WAS WITH MR. DAVIS IS STILL MISSING AND MAY BE ON THE ROUTE.

WE STARTED AT THE SURRENDER SITE THAT HAD A LITTLE MUSEUM.




THIS IS A BLOODY UNIFORM FROM THE BATTLE OF ATLANTA WORN BY THE OWNER OF MISS GERRY'S HOUSE.




WE STARTED TO RUN AT 6 AM


SOUTHERN PRIDE ?
BRAVERY FOR BREAKING AWAY ?
NUF SAID

THE WATER STOPS WERE VERY PRECIOUS

THIS WAS STAR WARS THEMED WITH A DARTH MASK LOWER LEFT

AN ALMOST LIFE SIZE TOM HANKS PIC

THIS IS AN OLD ONE,
 I DO LOVE FLORIDA BUT MISS OLD  BARNS SO MUCH.




HERE WAS MY ONLY ENCOUNTER IN 5.5 HOURS OTHER THAN THE AID FOLKS
 MANIAC  DON FROM GEORGIA.
I AM A RACE YAKKER AND THIS WAS A LONG DAY WITH JUST MY THOUGHTS AND MY LITTLE CAMERA. IT SEEMED LIKE A 10 HOUR RACE. WHERE IS DAVE BELL WHEN YOU NEED HIM ?

CHRISTINE HAD HER DOG FOR 16 MILES I HAD THIS GREAT BIG TURTLE FOR 16 SECONDS-THIS IS LIFE IN THE BACK OF THE PACK.


I KEEP THINKING A CANNON OR RIFLE  WAS GOING TO FIRE AND THE TROOPS WOULD POP UP



FINALLY 26.2 MILES LATER THE BIG FINISH LINE IN ABBEVILLE.
THERE WERE LOTS OF NICE LOCAL FOLKS WITH LOTS OF GREAT FOOD.

THESE WERE THE SIZE OF VOLLEYBALLS. I WAS NOT BRAVE ENOUGH TO INDULGE AND STUCK TO THE  PIZZA. WE TOOK A BUS BACK TO OUR CARS AT THE SURRENDER MONUMENT WHERE A NICE FELLOW FROM SAVANNAH TOOK MY PIC.
AN ADDED BONUS WAS THE MEDAL WAS A GOLD COIN COMMEMORATING THE SURRENDER.  
THIS AND $5 WILL BUY YOU A STARBUCKS.

NEXT UP FOR ME IS THE PIE EATING CONTEST -I MEAN BIKE TOUR IN WISCONSIN IN JUNE.
MY NEW FAVORITE QUOTE IS
DIE WITH MEMORIES 
NOT DREAMS.


DREAM BIG Y'ALL

AS ALWAYS GET OUT AND PLAY
LOVE TO ALL
NW



5 comments:

  1. Very nice! Thank you for sharing the day and the pictures.

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  2. Great to read your blog again. I do so enjoy your "adventures." Thanks.

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  3. Fantastic Nancy. I like your photos. It's like I'm there. Very good. And I like this one
    Die with memories, not dreams. DJ from Germany

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  4. So awesome!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! <3

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  5. It sounds like you had another wonderful Adventure. I love your pictures but even better your explanations of your journey as you traveled it. Where is your book? Thank you for sharing your blog.

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