Peanuts & Time Zones

JacksonPaul & I visited Plains, the terminus of the Andersonville Trail and one of our last towns in the state of Georgia. Plains is the hometown of our 39th president, Jimmy Carter. We arrived late and would have to wait out the day to view the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in the Plains High School. Just down the road we spotted what may have been the largest and greatest fiberglass peanut I have ever seen; What brought this peanut to greatness was Jimmy Carter’s exaggerated smile placed over this over-sized legume. Near this brilliant peanut was a field with a partition of it set aside for RV’s. There we spent the night.

We viewed almost all Jimmy Carter sites in Plains the next day including his presidential campaign locale in the old train depot. However, because we did not bike through on a Sunday, we missed the opportunity to hear Jimmy Carter direct the children’s service at Maranatha Baptist Church. Leaving the picturesque and antique town in the rain, we moved westward towards Alabama.

We had intentions of arriving in Georgetown, GA and Eufaula, AL Sunday morning for worship. We were too late for service in Georgetown so we pedaled two miles down the road and through a stroke of time zone limbo arrived in Eufaula early for church. We stayed with the 1st Baptist Church and were welcomed into a home that afternoon. We were eager to dry out most of gear, it had been raining for almost two days and most of our packs and clothes were unintentionally soaked through. We stayed with Sondra and Dale and spent much time associating with this couple. We ate their food and used their showers and in return Paul & I tidied up the backyard and did a few odd jobs around the house. They provided a great amount of unique entertainment as Paul and I joined in their antics.

Leaving here we will be headed to Tuskegee, AL to visit the location and attractions for the Tuskegee airmen. We are looking forward to learning about this ‘military experiment’ to train African-American individuals as pilots in World War II. Up ahead we will be traveling Martin Luther King’s protest walk from Selma to Montgomery which led to the Voting Rights Act for equal voting opportunities. We are trying to aim our courses through major cities and sites of historical value for the most fund raising opportunity and personal education and development.

About Clint Valentine

Clint is currently enrolled in two undergraduate degrees in Biology & Environmental Science at Northeastern University. He enjoys pursuits of endurance and distance which have included summiting many peaks in New England during winter alpine ascents, sailing the Atlantic in a vintage gaff-rigged schooner, rock climbing in five states including Oregon, and cycling 5,000 miles across North America. He has goals of pushing the envelope of his limits and combining his many outdoors interests into one big trip. He has a passion for photography and hopes to one day produce a documentary for a round-the-world tour.
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