I got dropped off a little after 12, and started on my 15 mile walk towards Sandersville where I would be staying with Laura and her family. It was a nice day out other than the wind. Luckily I didn't have my cart, so it wasn't so bad. The temperature was nice, and I ended up passing a couple of kaolin (chalk) mines which was kinda cool. Never seen something like that, and it was strange because everything close to the roads there were coated in a very fine layer of white, probably would't even notice it driving. I also got stopped by a woman named Jennifer who saw a post about me on Facebook, and brought me a hot chocolate and a banana! That was pretty awesome, I also got stopped by a guy at a trucking company in Deepstep, who said his wife saw me walking the other a day and they looked me up. His wife also ended up finding me in Sandersville, and stopped to say hi, and thank me for what I was doing.
Today was also the first day I saw Spanish moss in the trees; right when I walked into Sandersville. To me that is the last change to scenery I've been waiting for; it's been so interesting to slowly watch the scenery and landscape change over the last 3,400 miles... From the lush greenery of Seattle, over the mountains to the apple orchards of the Columbia river valley, cross the Columbia to the flowing wheat fields, and dry high-deserts of eastern Washington. Into the Rockies of Idaho and western Montana, to the rolling hills of sagebrush and wildflowers in eastern Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. To the land of corn and soy beans of Iowa, and back to the land of hard wood trees from Minnesota to Ohio. Into the pines in the Hills of Kentucky, and the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee. Magnolias started to appear in North and South Carolina, and now, here in Georgia, the Spanish moss makes it's first appearance!
I got to Sandersville at 5:20 and got picked up by Laura and her kiddos. We got back to her house and I showered then ate a yummy dinner of beef, carrots, potatoes, and homemade bread with whipped cinnamon butter....so good... The rest of the evening we chatted and worked out plans for the next couple of days. Laura and her husband are real easy-going and we had a good night. Pretty good day all-in-all!