Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Day 31: Orlando, FL. to Dublin GA 347miles/558km

The happiest motorcyclist in the world today.

... giving Orlando his first drink.

It is the simplest graces which bless us.
The smile, the chat, the hug...
We stopped for lunch near Lake City.
The cafe walls were decorated with lovely art work done by children at the Belmont Academy Charter School. Mosaics, silhouettes, sculptures, paintings, drawings and more.
The school opened in August last year. The website is interesting. Parents are expected to do 50 hours volunteer service at the school each semester. Charter schools opened for the first time in 2014 in New Zealand. I don't know how they are doing.
By chance Amanda, whose son attends the school, was lunching with two delightful little girls, Marissa and Miley. It is the last day of the school year today. Amanda is thrilled with Belmont Academy.

 

 

Northward over the border and into Georgia on route 441.

We rode through long stretches of forest, some berry cropping, maize and cattle farms.
Magnolias are in flower, moss hangs from the oaks.
This pretty flower caught my eye.

 

We have noticed newly built bank buildings on the edges of towns. Complete with drive through ATMs. The buildings have a faux classical style - brick with pillars - presumably to inspire confidence. E.g. Wells Fargo and the People's Bank.

Homes on wheels are parked up waiting for relocation.

We noticed lots of derelict houses and businesses again today.

Pharmacies like this one have closed. Chain pharmacies like Walgreens are in most towns.

Dollar General stores also seem to be in towns that are too small for Walmart.
Shopping is very low on our list of priorities - except recently in a motorcycle shop.

 

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