Getting to where you are going is half the fun of traveling.
Key West to home.
After leaving Key West, I needed to stop at home in Sunrise, FL. I needed to do some things to my bike. A lowered windshield, new grips, and road pegs. I also needed to get it registered. To do the latter, I needed to obtain the paperwork from Black Hills Harley Davidson which would take 30 days. That I wasn’t going to wait on. I left a Power of Attorney for my daughter to get my tags and left as soon as my bike was completed.
Home to Daytona
My first stop was Daytona for the night. It wasn’t my plan but Hurricane Erica was making her presence known with rain. It slowed me down and I needed to be off the road by dark. Rain and nighttime on a motorcycle, even a trike, isn’t my idea of fun. My revised plan to was make Savannah the next day. I took US A1A through West Palm Beach. At that point it joins US 1. I had planned on getting back on A1A but the rain made me change my plans.
The hotel where I stayed was one where many of the bikers who are having repairs on their bikes done stay. I went to a bar where I was told I could get good food. I had a wonderful meal and ended up spending some time with a group of bikers who were a lot of fun. I left early as I wanted to be on the road early in the morning.
Daytona to Savanah
The ride from Daytona involved going through Jacksonville, a city I’m not fond of no matter what way you go through it. US 1 took me along the coast then into the city to the interstate until US 1 split off again.
The picture above is where I stopped for lunch on my way to Savannah. It was this lovely park with no one there. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the mossy trees with the light filtering through the branches of the old oaks.
Savannah was a City I had always wanted to see. It’s steeped in history with much of the old city preserved in the historic section of town.
When I arrived at the campgrounds this is what it looked like. Rain. I was thinking I’d have to go into town the next day dressed in a rain suit. Luck was with me. It stopped raining during the night. I ended up having to take a cabin at the campground as I had a canvas tent and putting it up in the rain wasn’t going to happen with or without help.
With the nice weather, I went into town early. I parked along this famous square. It was the one you see at the beginning of the Forest Gump movie. The famous church is off to the left.
I spent a lot of time wandering around the historic district, trying to see as much as I could. Most of the squares were similar with the mossy old oaks, benches to sit on and enjoy the peacefulness of the area. It’s one of those areas where walking is the best way to get around as the streets are narrow and difficult to navigate with a car.
What I found odd was the fountain at the left. You can find others which look like it as it was a copy of one of the fountains in France. It was bought from a mail order catalog. The picture above was taken in the nave of St. John’s Episcopal Church on Madison Square.
It was a fun day spent exploring all the old historic district and taking two house tours. I had planned on leaving the next day, but as the saying goes, the best laid plans oft go astray. It was raining so I spent an extra day chilling on the porch of the cabin watching the duck and swans.
Interesting facts about Savannah
Savannah was founded in 1733 by a General James Edward Oglethorpe who named the area Georgia after King Georges. He had 120 colonists with him. It was America’s first planned city. It’s called the Hostess of the South and has been home to composer Johnny Mercer, Eli Whitney and Juilette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of America. It’s also home to the oldest operating historical society in the US which started in 1839. The City Market is one of the oldest continuously operating markets in the US, having been found in the 1700s. It is also a place where multiple movies and shows have been filmed.
If you like the haunted aspect of the cities, you’ll love Savannh
Gribble House where there was a triple axe murder in 1909 has had sighting of ghosts over the years.
The Pirate Home is 250 years old with tunnels going from it’s basement to the river and multiple stories of pirates and sailors. Today it is a restaurant. It looks like it isn’t much until you learn the history. Oh, it also has decent food and is worth a stop if you are in the area.
The Marshall House was taken over in 1864 and became an army hospital for the union. It is documented that body parts were buried beneath the floorboards as the ground was frozen and they couldn’t be buried outside. There are stories of a union soldie wandering around carrying his arm looking for the surgeon.
Factor’s Walk was the seat of the cotton commerce in the area. There was multiple murders, accidental deaths and slaves which were transported through the port.
Madison Square is the most haunted outdoor space. It has St. John’s Episcopal church on it’s border. It was the scene of battles from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. There are multiple people buried in the area from the wars.
Moon River Brewing Company was built in 1821 as a hotel. It was also a hospital with 100s of deaths. The two most famous ghosts are Toby as young boy who haunts the basement and taunts anyone who dares to enter his territory. There is also as Mrs. Johnson and several children who haunt the upper regions.
I highly recommend visiting the city. It’s one of the few I went into voluntarily. It was a gracious city with a lot to see or to just sit in a square or Franklin Park and enjoy the beauty around you.
B.A. Mealer This if from 8/2015 notes and pictures.