Friday, August 9, 2013. Miles traveled: 200. Lawrenceville, GA. Low: 69 in Manchester, TN ; High: Elevation: 951 feet.
We are in no rush to leave our last campsite… We just want to make sure we get through Atlanta before 3:00 pm (Friday rush hour traffic starts early and it’s bad.) We don’t want to be on I-285, the beltway around Atlanta, with the RV late afternoon today. We only have to drive 200 miles and it should be a piece of cake, with a slow down near Chattanooga, TN.
Oh well, we did forget about another time zone change, so we would be hitting Atlanta at rush hour… grrr. We packed up and left and it was a beautiful day… blue sky and lots of fluffy, white, cumulus clouds. I must say, Georgia drivers are well known for speeding on the interstates around town. The Tennessee drivers we encountered on interstates are worse than the speeders around I-285 around Atlanta. We ran into several strong rain showers, and the drivers did not decrease their speed. They continued driving fast and whizzing in and out of the traffic.
Black clouds hung low over Lookout Mountain, and it rained hard for a short time driving around the Tennessee River and Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga. We stopped at the Georgia Welcome Center and made lunch. We encountered several more showers and I started getting more excited the closer we got to Atlanta. I love being on our big camping trips out west, but I always love to come home again! Traffic was a bear as expected on I-285 around town and on I-85 N. Once we hit Gwinnett County it started loosening up. We headed into our neighborhood and everything looked so green and lush. Usually by this time in the summer, the fescue grass has brown patch fungus, and is burnt brown from the long, hot, dry summer. Our yard looked terrific thanks to the continuing efforts of our yard service.
I opened the garage door to take up the first of many loads of clothes, food and gear and was immediately assaulted by a strong musty odor. Looking around, EVERYTHING was coated with mildew or maybe mold and it was very damp in the garage. Even the refrigerator had mold or mildew on the outside and along the seals. What a downer. I knew there had been massive quantities of rain all summer but I didn’t realize it would seep into the garage. We keep camping gear in there on shelves (tents, sleeping bags, stoves, lanterns… everything we used when we tent camped.) And, it was all covered. My car was also parked in the garage (oh no!) along with our vast collection of yard and home tools. And, the cobwebs. It was totally gross making my way the length of the garage… I’m talking cobwebs the quality of Disney’s Haunted Mansion! As I batted them away, spiders scurried everywhere. I stepped on 23 and stopped counting. LOTS of dead insects under their webs. Damn… what a mess. I had sooo been looking forward to coming home to a neat yard and a clean home (I actually hired a friend who makes her living cleaning houses to clean the place earlier that day.) But, of course, I didn’t ask her to check the garage…. !! Oh well, with all the work ahead of us, I’m thankful we don’t have to clean the house and do yard work too!
We left most of the stuff in the camper and just brought in the electronics, food and clothes to see us through till tomorrow when we can work on the rest of the stuff in the camper. It’s going to be a busy weekend, and at least we will have some fun time with Johnny & Kim and the kids at the Farmers Market downtown Sunday morning. I can’t wait to see them… it’s been 2 1/2 months and Kim is due any day now. Hoping for good weather on Sunday morning… But you know, even with the state of the garage, it is good to be home!!
PS – Sunday, August 11, 2013 – seeing Johnny & Kim and family and going to the farmer’s market