The Georgia Guidestones and Watson Mill Bridge State Park

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– Okay, let me do a quick recap here. I departed from south Florida, because I wanted to see the turning of the leaves. I visited central Florida, South Georgia, central Georgia, north Georgia, the Atlanta area, Hellen, back to the northern Georgia mountains, then the Smoky Mountains and finally got to see some fall foliage. Now for the return trip we’re going to pass by the Georgia guide stones, Watson Mill Bridge State Park and eventually Fernandina beach, Florida. Stay with me here, because a brand new Traveling Robert video is coming up next. ♪ I’m riding, riding, riding ♪ ♪ riding with my RV, my RV ♪ ♪ wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ because I’m free in my RV, yeah ♪ (upbeat music) I am leaving Almond Boat and RV park, I do have some garbage, so let’s take care of that and off we go. This is North Carolina highway 28, going through the Nantahala National Forest, almost as bad as the Tail of the Dragon, as far as it being curvy and up and down all the time going through the mountains. Actually, the northern terminus of this road is Deal’s Gap, where the Tail of the Dragon begins.

By the way, old Kia has been performing great towing the trailer on these rather steep grades here and I think the reason for that, is actually the curvy nature of these mountain roads, that forces me to go near 30 miles per hour, sometimes less. I usually overhear or struggle on the inner state, where I am expected to maintain a certain speed. The secret to mountain driving, while towing is actually taking it slow and I am in no hurry today.

I’m really sorry for the three bikers talk behind me, forced to ride slowly. I’m sure they were seeking a thrill ride. Okay, I’ll let them pass. This here is the little Tennessee river to the right. As we approach Cowee. Okay, I would like to show you the whole trip, but we don’t have time for that. I’m gonna stop here at the Walmart in Franklin, north Carolina to resupply and continue south on US 21, which is also US 441. We are now in Georgia, where’s the sign? – Welcome to Georgia. – Hey, thank you, Google. And we are now in Dillard, Georgia. I encounter some heavy traffic around mountain city and Clayton. And we are now in Lavonia. It’s like a ghost town, this downtown area, but maybe because it is Sunday. There seems to be a burial here at the cross roads baptist church.

We are now in Hartwell Georgia, we are getting close to our destination. Police check point, I wonder what’s going on. Could our be our proximity to the Georgia guide stones. Actually the officer was pretty nice after inspecting my driver’s license, he asked me how well my car towed the trailer and he told me to drive safely. Anyways, here we are. Here we are, the Georgia guide stones, let’s check it out. Located in Elbert county, Georgia, 750 feet above sea level, there is this rather strange and controversial granites monument, the Georgia guide stones. It was erected in 1980 and its most prominent feature is a set of 10 guidelines, modern day commandments, if you will, inscribed in eight different languages. The eight main modern languages I guess. The origin is kind of dubious, it was commissioned by a man using the pseudonim of mister Christian and I quote on behalf of the small group of loyal Americans. There is actually a very good documentary about this, called Dark Clouds over Elbert. The most controversial of the guidelines is actually the first one, advising to keep earth’s population under 500 million and since we are well past that, it could mean some kind of genocide.

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The other guidelines, they sound pretty sensible, if you ask me. It has some astronomical features, like a slot in the center pillar aligned with the solstices and equinoxes, an aperture, that shows the day of the year and the hole, through which you can see the north star. Then this explanatory tablet, supposedly, covering a time capsule. There are all kinds of conspiracy theories, regarding the monument, but I’m not going to get in to that right now, I just think it is an interesting of the beating path curiosity. All the way out here, kind of in the middle of nowhere. Let’s continue No u turn possible here with the trailer in tow, so I’m going to have to go all the way around. (electronic music) Goodbye Georgia guide stones. (electronic music) Our next stop, Watson mill bridge state park. If you follow the regular GPS, you know Google maps, it is going to take you through this entrance from highway 72, which is not suitable for RVs, because you would have to go on the covered bridge, which is only nine feet tall and it has a three ton limit, so don’t do like I do and follow the directions on the park’s website, which clearly state, that you should enter through highway 22, which represents an extra 20 minutes of driving for me now.

(electronic music) as I arrive in Comer, Georgia, I decide to put some gas. There’s bad weather in the forecast for tomorrow morning, so it’ll be one less thing to do. Okay, this looks kind of abandoned. Anyways, here we are, this is the back entrance, let’s get checked in. By the way, it is 30 dollars per night, the camping and they did charge me the extra five dollars for the parking pass, it is a Georgia state park’s thing. The bridge, obviously, I don’t fit through there, it just said to make a right right before the bridge, that would be this right here.

This is the camp ground, not very large, like 20 sites. I am having a hard time here deciding where to park. I think I am going to stay right here by the entrance and also by the trail, that goes to the covered bridge. I am at the Watson mill bridge state park. Here’s my site, not even gonna disconnect the car from the trailer, because tomorrow morning I’m leaving early. Now we are gonna do the hike to the covered bridge. Okay, this is my site here and I happen to choose the site, that is right next to the hiking trails. Let’s hike to the visitor center and the covered bridge three quarter mile, how hard could it be? Well a fork on the road.

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Let me look at the map. Okay, chose to go on the right hand side, trail doesn’t look very well indicated, I hope I don’t get lost. Camp ground, no I want to go south fork, I guess. Seems like the river is right down there. That’s the river down there. Just another walk in the woods. Wow. Maybe I should have brought my hiking shoes. There seems to a viewing platform here. I hear water, we must be getting close to the dam, I guess. I don’t know, check it out, the trail.

I believe I am approaching the ruins of the old power house. Stairs, oh well. Man, this is like an obstacle course. I guess. The old power station. (rushing water) another fork on the road, I guess it could be other or I’m gonna go down to the river. There’s the river. Must be getting close. There’s the covered bridge. By the way, this is the longest covered bridge here in the state of Georgia.

Built in 1885 by Washington W W King, a son of freed slave and a famous covered bridge builder, Horas King. It is so beautiful out here. (relaxing music) here it is. The bridge. Let’s go across. Inside the bridge. Let’s look towards the other side. People come here to take pictures apparently, it’s a beautiful place. Here we are, this is the Watson mill bridge. It is the place, where camper Van Kevin took Nomadic Fanatic some years back, it is beautiful park here in Georgia, I don’t know if I should continue. Okay, let me go a little further here, little more of a hike. It is another great vantage point here. There’s definitely another great vantage point here from the top of this, I don’t know, it’s like a pier, I don’t know, let’s continue going back to the camp ground. When I came to the park earlier, I came through the wrong entrance and of course, they don’t allow RVs or any oversized vehicles here on the bridge.

Pretty cool park, next time I’ll come with more time to spend here. It’s very picturesque. If I could only find my way back to the camp ground, we’ll be all set. I think it’s that way. Okay, one last shot of this beautiful river here. It’s getting dark. We made it. Well, that hike made me hungry, so let’s eat. I bought some onions today at Walmart. Sausage, sure, why not, bacon bits. Marinara sauce, into the kitchen here. I was going to give you a long and detailed culinary experience here, but in this video, I’m just going to give you the highlights. Look out for a more complete Robert’s RV cooking show video very soon. That’s the final prep, there you go. Bon appetit. Good morning, it’s been raining all night. Looks like the poncho, that came with the first aid kit may come in handy, because forecast says, it’s not going to stop raining for at least two hours and I really don’t wanna be here if it’s raining. There was a rain poncho somewhere in here. Here it is, let’s see how this works.

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It doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to outrun the rain today, but at least I’ll be in the car. I’ve never worn one of these, oh, I see. This will be interesting. It’s been like this all night, raining all night and you know what, I’m gonna try to get out of here. Okay, that’s taken care of, I’m just gonna button up things inside and get out of here. (electronic music) I’m gonna put the go pro on the roof. (electronic music) there it is, say goodbye. (electronic music) it is going to be a miserable drive. I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to outrun this rain, but it would be nice. It’s awful out here, look at that. (electronic music) what do you know, it looks like we may be succeeding outrunning this storm, I’m 38 minutes away from Acosta, making it be line east, as far east as I can and then south of Jacksonville. It’s been a stressful drive to say the least. (electronic music) They have a dump station at this rest area.

Check it out, this rest area has a dump station. Well, the idea is to fill up at this pilot gas station, but it is very very busy and I don’t have the most maneuverable setup here. I don’t wanna waste too much time waiting blocking the street. I’m going to pay 14 cents more per gallon at this much less crowded gas station. Let’s make sure the Go Pro is recording. ♪ wherever I want to be ♪ I figured I paid probably about a dollar more at this BP gas station.

But the pilot was super crowded. Very busy area here just outside Acosta. She’s rerouting me. – Head north east on part west drive toward Georgia 383 south, then turn left onto Georgia 383 north. – Easier said, than done. I wonder if I’d make a right, no, it’s 21 minute slower, no, I have to wait here. And the pilot looks like it’s not as crowded anymore. ♪ riding ♪ ♪ riding in my RV, wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ because I’m free in my RV ♪ ♪ I’m riding, riding, riding ♪ ♪ I’m riding in my RV, my RV ♪ ♪ wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ because I’m free in my RV ♪ Making Cuban coffee, we are at Low’s parking lot near Savannah.

To make a long story short, actually, not so short. – Welcome to Florida. – Thank you. If you have enjoyed traveling with us, then make sure you are subscribed and check out my other videos, also, share it with your friends, spread the word and leave me a comment. Now, if you really really liked it, you have a chance to show your support at patreon.com/travelingrobert.

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