2013 Flight to Florida travel blog

Wide Open US 82 from Waycross to Brunswick

Mural in Hoboken

Church signs collected along the way

Bridge across the South Brunswick River

View from the bridge

Southern Soul BBQ, St. Simons Island

Penny covered bulldawg

Another one of the St. Simons' dawgs

Winnie at Georgia Coastal RV Park

Slight change in plans. We're not due in Savannah for the HOP until Wednesday and the KOA where we will be staying didn't have any sites open for Monday and Tuesday. We decided to stay in Brunswick after a short trip to St. Simons Island for a DDD fix. This trip has been short on DDD visits so for lunch today we went to Southern Soul Barbeque. It looks like an old renovated gas station and it's located on a traffic circle (rotary or roundabout for those of you who live in other parts of the contry). This presented a problem for Winnie as the parking was limited. Luckily there was a Outback Steakhouse across the street with a parking lot big enough to park without getting wedged in. It's a good thing Outback is not crowded for lunch. It was worth the trouble parking as the BBQ was great. We had pulled pork sandwiches with slaw and hand cut fries. After lunch, Sue visited some of the stores. St. Simons is too rich for her blood, so no purchases.

St. Simons has a Roadside America attraction. There are decorated, fiberglass bull dogs around town. The one recognized by RA was one covered with pennies and was sponsorded by the Humane Society. The project was started by the Humane Society as a fund raiser and other business chipped in with their own versions of the bull dogs. Other cities have cows, horses, dinosaurs, etc, why does St. Simons have bull dogs? This is Georgia and is the home of the UGa Dawgs.

After crossing the bridge back to Brunswick and then the big bridge over the South Brunswick River, we went to Coastal Georgia RV Park where we're going to stay until Wednesday. It's a nice new RV park right off I95. The only problem is that you can't sit outside for more than 10 minutes because of the "no see'ems". I've got itchy, red welts all over my arms and legs. For some reason, Sue doesn't seem to get bitten like I do. I guess I just have sweet meat.

On the way to Brunswick on US 82, we went through a couple of towns that sparked my interest. The first was Dupont, GA. A quick Google search confirmed that it has a relationship to the Dupont's of Delaware. It was named after J.P.A. Dupont, the son of Peter Dupont who emigrated to the US and settled in Savannah. Peter's other brothers, Eugene and Paul, migrated north and settled in Delaware. There are only about 50 households in Dupont.

The other town was Hoboken. Since there is a Hoboken in New Jersey and one in Belgium, I wondered if there was a connection. According to Wikipedia, there is no connection, but there was an interesting fact. Hoboken is the site of the singing of the Sacred Harp for over 150 years. Sacred Harp singing is a tradition of sacred choral music that took root in the South. The music is performed a capella and originated as Protestant Christian music. There's much more to the story and even a New Jersey connection, but I'm not going there. You can read the Wikipedia article on Sacred Harp if you are interested.

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