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Peaches and Peanuts

A Backroads trip through rural Georgia


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Though 2022 has barely begun, the first county collecting trip of the year is already behind me. Traveling in winter is not ideal for county collecting since driving 8-10 hours a day is necessary. Shorter days and unpredictable weather create challenges this early in the year. Regardless, I decided to take a chance and head to Georgia figuring I might be able complete the last 17 counties I needed to visit without facing the prospect of snowy roads or flight cancelations.


Despite being ranked 24th in terms of total area, Georgia has the second highest number of counties, trailing only Texas. Though most of the counties are fairly small, the fact that there are 159 of them means it can take quite a bit of time to visit all of them. My first county trip to Georgia was at the end of February 2012, meaning it’s taken close to a decade to complete the state. Granted, there were several years during that stretch where my focus was solely on states out west, meaning my only interaction with Georgia was passing through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Still, it’s taken 7 separate trips to Georgia over the past decade for me to reach all 159 counties.

The counties I collected this time were all in the south central part of the state, not too far from Atlanta. That turned out to be a good thing because during the weekend I visited, a winter storm with snow, ice, and rain hit the northern third of the state. While I encountered a few snow flurries and some steady rain toward the end of the trip, neither prevented me from getting to all the county seats planned, nor did they cause any delay or cancelation of my flight home.

I’d love to share details of all sorts of cool stuff I saw along the way, but sadly, there wasn’t much. I passed by a number of peach orchards and peanut farms, but all were quiet in the dead of winter. During the summer months, signs for fresh peaches and boiled peanuts are everywhere. While I’m not a huge fan of peanuts, farm fresh peaches are amazing. Just thinking about it makes me want to return when the weather is warmer. About the only roadside ‘attraction’ of note was in Plains, known far and wide as the hometown of former President Jimmy Carter. The town is pretty small, not much more than a crossroads, but there is one interesting photo opportunity there.
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Other than the 13 foot Jimmy Carter peanut statue in Plains, I didn’t really spot anything else worth photographing while on the road. On a positive note, I was able to finish the remaining counties in the state. Georgia is the 27th state I’ve completed. Anyone curious about my color scheme should read my County Collecting 2021 – the Year in Review
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At the moment, I’m not sure where or when the next county collecting trip will be. At the end of February, I’m heading to Hawaii for a family vacation, but since I’ve already visited all the counties in the state, I don’t plan to post details here. Locations for county collecting I’m considering for later this year are New Jersey, Nebraska, Montana, and Kansas. None of these have risen to the level of ‘planning’ yet, and it’s possible I may end up choosing somewhere else by the time I get ready to head out on the road again. When I do, another update will soon follow.

Until then…
Happy Travels
Brian

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