25 May - 9 June 2016 Georgia

Wednesday 25th May

Packed up the RV this morning and set off east along the quiet county roads, through some very pretty farming country. We picked up the I-85 and continued north-east towards our destination Pine Mountain, Georgia. Nice views of the Chattahoochee River as we crossed the state line.

We arrived at FD Roosevelt State Park just after lunch and set up camp amongst the trees. Beautiful spot.

Took a ride into Pine Mountain which is just a couple of miles from the park. It is an attractive small Georgia town with lots of local owned shops, cafes and boutiques.

For dinner we got the boiling pot out and cooked a chicken and prawn boil with lots of vegetables and andouille sausage.

Thursday 26th May

Woke up to a beautiful morning. Sun shining through the trees and the birds singing. Took a walk around the small Delanor Lake.

Then back to the RV.

The park is getting busy with campers arriving for Memorial Day weekend. Went into the small town of Pine Mountain which is just a couple of miles away.

Friday 27th May

The State Park is full this weekend, therefore we moved into town to the Pine Mountain RV Resort. We have a nice grassy pitch right by the dog park - Sandy is happy.

Weather is beautiful, sunny and hot at 32C, perfect holiday weekend weather.

Tom arrived this afternoon and came over to the RV Park. He is staying in town with friends that he travelled with from Florida, including Jacinta Carroll from Australia. She is women’s world champion jump skier and is competing tomorrow.

Saturday 28th May

Went to Callaway Gardens just outside town to meet up with Tom and watch the waterskiing. Callaway Gardens is a resort and has, gardens, lakes, golf courses, and lodge accommodation.

The competition is taking place on Robin Lake, a nice lake which is surrounded by white sand beaches.

We met up with a couple of other skiers from Hazelwood’s, Will Oliver and his girlfriend Nicole, plus Rob Hazelwood who is competing in the junior championships.

The skiers at this event have reached the pinnacle of their sport and it was fantastic to see these top athletes perform. Both Jacinta and Rob went through to the finals tomorrow.

After a great day at the lake we went back to Tom’s hotel for a drink by the pool.

Sunday 29th May

Back to the lake today to watch the finals.

One of the guys brought his pet lizard, Striker, with him to watch the action.

Rob did well coming second in the junior slalom. Jacinta came through in the jump winning her third Masters title and setting a course record of 188 feet. Congratulations to both.

Got back to the RV and barbequed. Played Bocce.

Monday 30th May – Memorial Day

Packed up and got on the road this morning to make our way east on Georgia highway 18 to Forsyth.

Tom and everyone here from Orlando have gone back today. This might be the last time we see Tom for a while. He will continue training in Orlando for two water ski competitions he has coming up and then fly home for the summer, after completing his first year here at University.

It is a public holiday and the roads were quiet. We went through lots of pretty countryside and small towns. Along the way many houses were flying the stars and stripes for Memorial Day.

Driving through Forsyth we saw a Memorial Day service taking place outside the Courthouse.

We booked in at KOA Forsyth and after setting up camp went back into town for a look around. The courthouse square area has quite a few Victorian buildings. Everywhere was very quiet and most places were closed for the holiday.

Tuesday 31st May

Went into town again today. Everywhere was still very quiet. As we passed the courthouse we saw two prisoners dressed in green and white striped jump suits being escorted by Police down the courthouse steps. They had ankle chain restraints on and were being marched to a waiting police car.

The weather is very hot and humid and we went back to the RV Park for a swim in the pool.

Late afternoon we had to get out of the pool as clouds came over and we had a heavy thunderstorm.

Wednesday 1st June

Our last day in Forsyth. This evening we went into town to eat at the Anvil Bar and Grill. We met Bonny one of the owners who is originally from Virginia. The Anvil is split into three sections in a row of Victorian buildings and as the name suggests, was originally an old blacksmith shop.

The first section has a bar and dining room.

The next two sections have garage doors that open up from the street in summer revealing a further dining area. The third section has a live music stage and beach sand floor.