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Reporting from the Road - long

Chuck | May 8, 200309:17 AM

Well our Southern Trip is just plagued by the threats of tornados and lots of rain, but we've still been able to accomplish lots and eat even more.

Starting from Ormond Beach, we did something really smart for a change. Rather than subject ourselves to some lousy fast food for lunch, we took a 8 mile detour into Savannah. Yup hounds, its just 8 miles of your time to experience a great city, if you happen to be coming up or down 1-95 in that area at a meal time. Get off at the Montgomery Street exit - do not go any further than that! Drive around or better yet, prepare before with a list of possible eateries.

We had a nice lunch at a English Pub - 6 Pence. Great prime rib french dip, shrimp salad sandwich, homemade potato leek soup. Nice place. Saw a few of the squares (been there before) and were back on the road in less than 90 minutes. Oh, bring plenty of quarters as they have metered parking everywhere.

Headed on to Aiken, SC of all places. Had to take local roads to get to this little town of pretty wealthy people. Stayed at a really nice B&B (Sandhurst Inn) which was 100 years old. Only 4 guests are allowed in this 11 room B&B at one time - Local Zoning Code. The only exception is Master's Week. So, if you like plenty of privacy and a beautiful place with tons of antiques and a fablous pink crested Cockatoo, this is a great find.

Had fantastic pancakes for breakfast made by a host couple from Vermont. Yes, they brought with them their famous liquid gold - Vermont Maple Syrup - Fantastic stuff.

Right next door to our hotel was an amazing park - Hopewell Gardens with wome of the most spectular tress I have ever seen. Also had a very good dinner at a place called Malia's. Spoke with the owner, good guy, who told us they'd been there for 15 years and it did not surprise me. The food was good, the service excellent, and the place was decorated well. Panko crusted salmon with crab meat, pinepapple duck, homemade raspberry pie - it was all good!

Next stop was Asheville.

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