On the 26th, I drove about 370 miles from Knoxville to a little town called Arabi, Ga, which is about 10 miles south of Cordele. I decided to stay at a Passport America campground for 2 nights to rest my right shoulder and hand (why do I control the wheel mostly with my right hand?) and found that there were a dozen letterboxes within 30 miles of where I was staying. I have already been to Jimmy Carter's hometown, school, and headquarters for his Habitat For Humanity, so this was a good way to find other gems.
I visited the Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park and just loved the view of the Blackshear Lake and cypress trees in water as I entered the park. And what a beautiful bird that posed for me! There is a collection of aircraft and cannon throwers (howitzers and the like) used in WWII, complete with plaques to educate visitors (I didn't learn anything today!) I spent the whole morning in this park, biking a couple of trails and discovering a great campground with sites next to the lake! I didn't find the letterbox that was here, though. It's OK - the discovery is as good as finding a box.
There is a little town called Leslie that has old storefronts that remind me of old west towns! I was amazed at the little plane outside the police station and the woman in City Hall said it's the most photographed thing in town! The Georgia Rural Telephone Museum is here also, but upon looking at the displays from the foyer, I decided not to spend $7 and the time to go through it. Probably missing out, eh?
Another highlight was going to the little airport outside of Americus called Souther Field and renamed the Jimmy Carter Regional Airport. This is the airport where Charles Lindbergh took his first solo flight in May, 1925, so I don't think it should be renamed! Also, cotton is king around here and there are cotton fields all around the airport! This afforded me the chance to view a cotton field up close, feel the cotton bolls, pick a bit of it. Most of it doesn't have to be processed, but it would be easy to get the hard section next to the plant. They harvest the cotton with big things like how they plow a cornfield, but they roll the cotton into round bales like hay. Maybe one day I will find a way to tour a cotton farm to learn all about the stuff - like they do with sugarcane in middle Florida.