Apr 13
Historic downtown Jefferson

Historic downtown Jefferson

We took another “short” ride Saturday.  It was going to be short because Sharon and I were both worn out. We’ve been tearing up the roads for the last few weekends and we’re going to be in Dallas next weekend. This was supposed to be a relaxing and getting a few chores done at the house weekend.
Our son was home for a few days though and we haven’t taken a ride with him in a long time. So about 2 O-clock we decided to take a quick ride. This was to be a ride of about 40 miles round trip, and last no more than two hours. We jumped on the bikes and took off in no particular direction.
About 60 miles later we pulled into Jefferson. Brandon had never been there on a bike before, and somehow as we were aimlessly burning gas I just never got around to turning around.
We had to take Brandon to Annie Skinner’s. I mean, you can’t go to Jefferson without sticking you nose in Annie Skinner’s can you ? Turns out you can. There was something going on there that night and there was a $5.00 door charge. We were already committed to eating at another restaurant, and I wasn’t  dropping $15.00 just to say we’d been. We’ll catch them another time.
The reason we wanted to go to the other place is because Sharon and I had been there once and hadn’t put a dollar on the wall. That’s a tradition at this little place, but on my first trip it felt more like a scam. Funny how stuff like that can bug you. I couldn’t wait to get back down there and staple by buck to the woodwork.
By the time we finished eating, and roaming through a couple of antique shops, it was 7:30. We took hwy. 49 out of Jefferson, then hwy. 43 up to Atlanta. We like the smaller roads, but it was dark by the time we got to Atlanta, and I saw one deer grazing on the shoulder.
We managed to get home without hitting one and had an enjoyable weekend. One of these days I’ll try a short ride that’s less than 100 miles.

– Guy Wheatley

Brandon and Sharon wave enthusiastically at the camera

Brandon and Sharon wave enthusiastically at the camera

Stapling my dollar to the wall.

Stapling my dollar to the wall.

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