It was sprinkling a little a when we started off this morning. We were east of Atlanta and passed by Conyers where my ancestors on my father’s side lived and were buried. Back in 2006 when we were visiting our friends in Atlanta, we found my Great Grandparents Cemetery Plots with several family members.
As we followed along the interstate, and around Atlanta, we saw more Kudzu taking over the trees along the road. Even though we took the highway that goes around the city (not through it), the traffic was still a little heavy. We could see the taller building of Atlanta but not much else because of the forest along the highway.
We crossed the Chattahoochee River and then Allatoona Lake, passing a few logging trucks along the way. Finally, we crossed into Alabama and began to see some Fall colors in the trees.
By the time we were ready for lunch, we were in Fort Payne which is historical as part of the TRAIL OF TEARS when they marched the Cherokee up to Oklahoma. We found a large Chinese Buffet restaurant with a huge parking lot, good for our coach and for our stomachs. If you ever run across a Chow King restaurant (we understood there are several), it was all very good fresh food and plenty of it.
As we followed Highway 35 (the Trail of Tears) we were high on a ridge looking down on Guntersville Lake, it was an awesome view that we only got a few glimpses of through the tree line. After crossing the lake, which is part of the Tennessee River, we began seeing more long ridges that crossed in front of us.
Finally, we came through Huntsville on our way to our campground. Huntsville is known for the Redstone Arsenal which is the Army Missile Base where, in the 1960’s, they tested the Saturn booster to send the Apollo missions to the moon. Larry’s parents worked for Boeing and they worked here during that time.
We arrived in Athens and our campground near Larry’s high school friend, Jon. Tonight Jon and his wife were busy, so we went to visit the Huntsville Elks Lodge that we had visited in 2010.