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Rhode Island to Savannah – getting bees

Spring bees! Here we go on the trail south to get them and bring back to New England. I’m riding co-driver with Mark Robar of Trails End Farm and we’re running non-stop from Rhode Island to Savannah, Georgia. A distance of 1000 miles in 18 hours each way.
The RH - Savannah roadmap

The RH - Savannah roadmap

Of course, all great plans have a hitch; in this case it was crossing New York. The GW Bridge
We used Upper. And overall we didn't do badly, getting into New Jersey in about 3 hours. Par so far. And we crossed The Delaware Memorial Bridge at the southern end of the New Jersey Turnpike by 8.30pm – not bad going! img_3687
We shot past Washington DC at 11pm. Crossed the Virginia state line into North Carolina at 3am. Just waltzed into South Carolina at 6am. Dawn approaches but she’s grey and torrential. Hey what you got for me today America! Georgia in 198 miles. 785 miles in 15 hours covered so far. Looks like a grey day in South Carolina
But the weather broke! It’s a great day – warm, with breakfast. OK the Cracker barrel is a big franchise but a welcome brekky of grits, eggs, steak, hashbrowns, gravy, biscuits and cinnamon apples. With coffee and juice. I love this country :)
A Cracker Barrel never looked so good :)

A Cracker Barrel diner never looked so good :)

After leaving and early spring Rhode Island the day before and driving though the nights drenching rain, the south was a different country. Now that the sun had broken through it was warm, the air was good … and look at the flowers! Dogwood! (At least, Mark says it’s dogwood …), wisteria. And on into Georgia, where the interstate was lined with tansy and lavender.
Mark says it's dogwood

Mark says it's dogwood

and wisteria

and wisteria

Georgia! And this is one of the best "snapped while driving" pics I've taken! Georgia! And this is one of the best "snapped while driving" pics I've taken!
After 1137 miles in 21 hours (including food stops) we arrived at the apiary about 50 miles west of Savannah. And somewhere there was a motel with a pillow calling my name ….
The Oak Dale motel

The Oak Dale motel

THIS is the apiary. Or part of it. In particular, a screened door behind which are boxed bee packages being prepared for collection. These bees are hopelessly curious because they can smell the activity within. THIS is the apiary. Or part of it. In particular, a screened door behind which are boxed bee packages being prepared for collection. These bees are hopelessly curious because they can smell the activity within.

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