I left my nice campsite about 10, went into Waynesboro, as you know, to do my blogging. To help me get out of town, I set Gertie for Natchez, MS, where I intended to get to. She got me back to 84 where I had planned to take to go straight west again right into Natchez but Gertie told me to go a different way and since my old Gertie was usually right, I decided to follow her and didn't stop to look at the map to see where exactly which route she had chosen. Until about 70 miles later and I was arriving in Meridian, MS which I knew was not where I wanted to be. So I did stop and look at the map and I was due north from where I'd been instead of due west where I should have been. Oh heavens Gertie, what had you done! After much contemplation, I decided to go back the 70 miles via a slightly different route, an interstate and then go west on 84 as I should have done originally. Oh well, as my sign in Rhoda says "The journey is the reward" by Steve Jobs.
As they say, something good comes out of something bad - the good was that I found a produce stand with freshly picked MS peaches
The ones on the right are called donut peaches because they're flat and white on the inside & suppose to be very sweet. I'll let you know. The regular ones on the left are sweet - I had one for dinner.
Some reflections on this area of MS:
- there's a museum to Jimmy Rogers - who's he?
- the sheriffs even drive pick-up trucks
- how'd you like to live in the town of Soso? Almost as bad as Opp, AL
- as I guessed - water parks are just water recreation areas on reservoirs and there were several on route 84 - even an Atwood water park
- hard to find an NPR station for 2 days now that stays in range for more than 20 miles
Found a campground in the Homochitto National Forest - the Clear Springs Recreation Area. It was a real gem! Very private, right in the woods AND with electric & water and a nice bathroom.
mileage: 260 camp: $3.00 (included a 50 cent tip) gas: $53 & $68
temp: mid 80s, very quiet & still not humid