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Atlanta, Georgia

Monday, June 20, 2011 - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

While this trip won't 'count' in the overall mileage, because Jill and I didn't take it together, I'm putting a page up for it none the less. Sara and Andrew were up for their annual 'summer' trip, and while Sara flew back to Atlanta the week before (see the separate travelogue entry for that), I had this crazy idea in my head to drive Andrew back to Atlanta. Good in theory, maybe not so much in execution.

We headed out on Monday morning, driving to Gibson for gas and breakfast for Andrew. Here he learned a valuable lesson - when you pull into a gas station/McDonald's combination kind of place, and a tour bus pulls in at the same time, RUN to McD's to get into line! Luckily, we made it, and ended up in front of the forty people that got off of the bus.

I drove as far as the Hagerstown, Maryland area before stopping. The gas held out, and I wanted to snap some pictures at the ballpark there, so it seemed like a good 'first stop'. We found the ballpark after traversing through Hagerstown, and went in to take a few pics. The gate was open, so what the heck! There was a staffer there in the ticket office, and although he was a bit taken aback by my request, he reluctantly let us go in.

After that, we went in search of somewhere for lunch. The best we could come up with - because I was kind of starving at this point and just wanted to eat - was a Cracker Barrel. Back on the road after lunch. I'm sure there was a gas stop in there somewhere, but for the life of me I don't remember.

Our stayover on Monday night was in Daleville, Virginia at the Super 8. Yes, I know, not my usual choice of lodging, but after reading the reviews online this place looked okay, and you couldn't beat the price. The room was good, not much wrong with it, save for one thing - the pillows were hard as a rock! I was kicking myself at that point because I meant to take my pillow from home with me.

Dinner on Monday night was next door to the hotel, at a Mexican place called Rancho Viejo. Very good food, and one to remember if we ever find ourselves in Daleville, Virginia again.

Tuesday morning we woke up, grabbed a quick breakfast at the hotel, and headed south. Our 'along the way' stop on Tuesday was Greenville, South Carolina. Again, another ballpark there I wanted to see, and the timing was such that we could grab lunch as well. Nice new ballpark in Greenville - locked up tight as a drum though, so no interior pictures here. After seeing it, though, it moved closer to the top of the 'have to go to a game there' list. Andrew and I had lunch at the Liberty Tap Room, again very good eats and a place to remember when we go back to Greenville for a ballgame. I had the shrimp and grits, and Andrew had the fish and chips. Back on the road for the final leg to Atlanta after lunch.

On Tuesday night, we stayed at the Country Inn and Suites near the Georgia Mall. It was a convenient two miles up the road from Coolray Field, where we went on Tuesday night for a ballgame. Cheryl brought Sara up to Gwinnett so she could go to the ballgame with us, and so I could see her for a bit again as well. We went to the G-Braves game, where they were playing the Syracuse Chiefs. Back to the hotel after the game.

Wednesday morning we got up early (I wanted to be on the road early morning), got ready and headed for breakfast. One of the kids favorite places to eat - they've mentioned it quite a bit - is The Flying Biscuit Cafe, so I figured it was a good place to go! Another good meal - I had the steak and eggs, which came with a side of grits, and, of course, a biscuit. After breakfast, I dropped the kids off at their house and began the long drive north.

Originally, I was going to drive as far as Harrisonburg, Virginia (via Pulaski, Virginia for a ballgame), but as I drove along I realized I didn't feel like going to a low level minor league game by myself, and more importantly I just wanted to get home. So, I e-mailed Jill, asked her to cancel my hotel reservation, and set my mind to getting back to Binghamton. Along the way, to break up the trip, I stopped in South Carolina (to find Jill a GameCOCKS shirt); Kannapolis, North Carolina (to see the ballpark there); Winston-Salem, North Carolina (ditto); Martinsville, Virginia (just for gas, skipped the ballpark there); Harrisonburg, Virginia (Chik-Fil-A!); somewhere along 81 in West Virginia (Sheetz and RITA'S!); couple rest stops in PA; before FINALLY getting home around 1:30 in the morning! It was a very long drive, but well worth it when I was finally able to lay down in bed next to Jill.

G-Braves crush Chiefs
from staff reports
POSTED:June 21, 2011 10:21 p.m.

Stefan Gartrell hit two home runs and had three RBIs to lead the Gwinnett Braves to a 7-1 win over the Syracuse Chiefs on Tuesday at Coolray Field in Lawreceville.

Steven Shell allowed only four hits to earn his first win since May 23, 2010.

Gwinnett (38-33) hosts Syracuse (27-42) in Game 3 of the four-game series at 7:05 tonight at Coolray Field.

Total Miles: 1807 Miles

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