With the Harlem Globetrotters ear worm of a theme song playing in our heads we plunged into the Deep South (the Southern South?). We had already encountered live oak in our travels through the Carolinas, but in Georgia they are king. These trees, which grow wider than they are tall, able to withstand hurricane winds and whose wood was too heavy and tough to work for shipbuilding, define the urban space in Savannah. This was one of the first planned cities in North America, and it shows. Dozens of plazas and squares dot the old town, all of them full of these majestic tress which are festooned with Spanish moss. We set ourselves up in Forsyth Park, which is the main park area in the old part of town. There we met other nomads and connected with old friends in a beautiful site that allowed us to explore the town extensively on our bikes.
We had developed a taste for the beach life again in the Peach State which we wished to cultivate further so we continued down the coast into Florida. We learned that the relationship with the beach down here is fraught, as we began to encounter houses built up on stilts to counter the effect of storm-driven surges in water levels. It would appear that Florida is so flat that if you stand on an orange crate you can probably see both coasts. It was neat to take the coastal highway, which follows the string of barrier islands that line the Atlantic coast of the state.
We have reached what will be our southernmost point in the US, and for all that I have talked about having no schedule, now we actually do! We have a concert date in Memphis, Tennessee, and while we are loath to head back north, we are also excited to go see Chris Stapleton play live! We will get to see much more of the South along the way, too, which is an exciting prospect – we like it down here!
Married mother of two awesome boys who is now living full time in a self converted Camper van and seeing more of the world.
We gave up something super special to live our dream of living a free and simple life on the road exploring new places and taking joy in the discovery of the extraordinary
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