Monday evening, June 4, we again jumped off the train for another 48 hour break after a day's ride up from Hattiesburg, MS. We stepped off at Gainesville, GA just northeast of Atlanta. We spent the night at the Holiday Inn, then picked up our rental car for the drive to Madisonville, TN where Sharon (Harlan's sister) and Bill March & family live. The drive is through some beautiful countryside and parts of two national forests.
The first part of the drive up was somewhat diminished by rain and an interesting condition that befell our three kids. Each and every one of them (thankfully not all at the same time) decided that breakfast could not stay where they had originally put it! The combination of extremely windy roads, overdoing it at the breakfast buffet on foods they are not conditioned to and lack of sleep was apparently just a little too much. It wouldn't have been too unusual for this to happen to one of them, but all three?! Not a real neat "hat trick"! Oh well, thank goodness we've learned to be more or less prepared for such things. The "sea sickness" blew in quickly and thankfully disappeared just as fast and nobody was the worse for wear :}
|Train leaving Gainesville w/o us|
We had a fine stay with Bill, Sharon, Faith, Danielle and Josh. Our kids were thrilled to hang out with their cousins. We enjoyed a very beautiful drive back to Gainesville. This time we were completely able to enjoy the drive with no distractions! Beautiful super green mountains and meadows with a cobalt blue sky. So nice to see thick and lush forests after becoming accustomed to the more frequently anemic forests of Honduras.
|Another great place to rest after long travels|
|Productive and pretty March gardens|
|Janelle swiping blueberries AGAIN!|
|Bananas in Tennessee. Really?!|
|Fam. & van (liked our rental, came w/ Sirius sat. radio!)|
|Drove through two National Forests: The Cherokee & Chattahoochee|
|Ahhhhhhh......border crossings are so easy some places!|