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June 6, 2020 - June 7, 2020
Once we left Stone Mountain, we were headed to Carrollton, GA which was 58 miles South West of the campground at Stone Mountain. We figured it would be a few hours drive and would get us away from the craziness of Atlanta. We knew we wanted to avoid downtown Atlanta due to all the rioting. On my phone I was able to map around the outer highway, Interstate 285, but I’m still learning the GPS and I couldn’t get it to “let” me go that way!
We could have followed the Maps on my iPhone, but we aren’t trusting it to direct us for several reasons. First, you can lose cell service and then unless you have your directions memorized, you may be shit out of luck! 🙂 Also, ikigaiRV, our Newmar Baystar 3124 is about 8 feet wide, 32 feet long (not including our tow), almost 13 feet tall and weighs, I think 14 TONS. I’ll have to check with Craig on that one. We still need to go get our rig weighed to make sure we aren’t overweight — well we are, but is our rig? lol
With the size of our rig, we don’t want to find a low bridge we can’t pass under, a really narrow road, or run into any other road conditions that aren’t conducive to a big rig. I don’t know how these 45 footers do it! Plus, since we flat tow ikiban, our Ford Explorer (more on ikiban’s name later), it’s impossible to back up without unhitching!
Anyway, who knew a GPS could do so much! Since I’m still learning, I tried to create a route that avoided downtown completely. Our Rand McNally GPS has a setting that you can block out an area to avoid. It didn’t work. Long story short, I ran both the phone and the GPS and kind of winged it. Travelled most of the way down 285 and then through some lovely backroads, farmland, and woods.
We were headed to Carrollton, GA to a Boondockers Welcome location. If you’re not a Boondockers Welcome member, you should be. You meet a ton of nice people, see how others live and can stay for free on their property. At this particular location, the woman who owns the house takes care of her elderly mother. She said she we were welcome to stay, but she wouldn’t be coming out to meet us due to COVID-19 concerns. We completely understand and are so appreciative to be allowed to stay on her property.
We are parked next to a barn with a few donkeys and goats in the field behind us. There’s a cow pasture off the passenger side. On the other side of the barn are full size chickens, roosters and baby chickens in their own pen. We have heard all of the animals as they go about their day. So peaceful and wonderful to be here amongst the farm animals. This morning Daisy and I took a walk to meet the goats, donkeys and chickens. They weren’t too sure about her, but came to the fence after a few minutes and they all sniffed each other.
Overall, this was a great place to stay. Very quiet and I forget to mention the added bonuses of this location. They have 30-Amp service at the barn and invited us to use it and the water if we needed it too — for free. What awesome hosts!