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Friday, May 13, 2016

Day 5 - Bogart (née Athens) to Washington GA - 53 miles

Picture of me holding a picture of me with a lady that was 9 then
Today's ride from Bogart to Washington GA is 53 miles - Unfortunately, 23 miles of today's ride will be on busy US Hwy 78. It's mostly two lane with little or no shoulder - just a white line. I do not look forward to the 18 wheelers, loggers and dump trucks. There are just not that many secondary roads going my direction today.  I had to stay in Bogart instead of Athens because of UGA graduation. They jack up motel room prices from $70-80 a night to $200-400 a night. There should be laws against them doing that. I'm staying at a Candlewood Suites Extended Stay in Bogart. They are part of the IHG family of hotels that include Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza. I met the manager here and she said all the hotels jack up prices at UGA graduation and especially around Bulldog Football games. They even consider the opponent when setting their higher rates.
The picture on the left is of me presenting and 8X10 picture to the manager/owner of the FreeHome Feed Store (that was what it was called in 1985). Today, it's called the Green Bean Antique Store. I think you can click on the picture and it'll get bigger. I am standing in approximately the same spot I was in 1985. Jack took the picture of Bill and me. Ill try to go back in another 30 years.
I plan to stay at The Fitzpatrick Hotel 16 West Square
Washington, GA 30673 - 706-678-5900. The Fitzpatrick Hotel which is located on the Courthouse Square, was originally constructed in 1898 and served the thriving county seat of Wilkes County until 1952, at which time the hotel and dining room were closed. After 50 years of neglect, the hotel was purchased by the Fitzpatrick LLC in 2002. An intensive restoration plan culminated with the re-opening of the grand hotel in June 2004. The Washington Street Railway Company, incorporated in 1887, provided a connection between the Georgia Railroad depot at W. Liberty and Depot streets and the Fitzpatrick and Johnson hotels in the center of town.
This is where I hope to stay in Washington GA 
Rolling hills (mountains) as I roll into the home of  Uga the bulldog

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