As mentioned in Part 1, the campground owners at Travelers Campground were wonderful and we had planned to wait out Hurricane Irma right there. But Irma was becoming a persistent brat. When we woke the next morning Irma had changed her mind and course slightly (typical woman says my husband) and was headed straight up the Florida peninsula toward us. We didn’t think it wise to stay in a motorhome where possible 100 mph wind speeds were expected, so it was time to “GET OUT OF DODGE” again! We packed up and hit the road. It hardly seems possible but I-75 north was more of a parking lot than the day before and gas shortages along the interstate were becoming more common. Being old, but young at heart, Floridians, we knew the non-interstate roads and headed up 441 north. Fortunately, we never lost our cell connection, so while my wonderful, calm, joyful husband drove I was able to search the internet for RV campgrounds in Georgia. I also considered a search for a NEW HUSBAND. I finally found one in Bishop, near Athens, Georgia (a campground, not a husband) that had space for us.
But nothing about an evacuation is easy. On the way there, we had a tire blowout near Tifton, Georgia and spent several hours finding a tire shop that could replace a tire on the motorhome. Of course, this happened late on Saturday afternoon which added to our overall stress level. After much searching, we found Eric’s Tire Shop in Tifton where the friendly employees fixed us up and we were off and running, maybe inching along would be a better description, given the traffic. With the ever persistent directions from the voice of Savanah, on our GPS, we pulled into Pinelake Campground around 11:30 pm, and very tired. Although it was pitch dark and drizzling rain we managed to back into our site with help from some University of Georga football fans who were a couple of sites over. We had once again landed in a campground filled with college football fans. Athens, Georgia, the home of the University of Georgia Bulldogs is just a few miles away and this campground is a popular spot during football season. We were finally able to relax a little for the next 2 days while we waited out Irma and wondered if our home would be there when we got back.
Pinelake Campground is an absolutely beautiful campground with full hook-up RV sites, tent camping, and cabin rentals and of course pet-friendly. The wooded sites, walking trails, and 2 lakes offer wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing. The bath houses are large, private and very clean. The staff were friendly and helped make our stay as enjoyable as it could be considering our circumstances. An interesting available option is full hookup of Direct TV. The entire park is wired. Steve arrives with the appropriate cables and receiver and voila, Direct TV. We can definitely recommend this campground and will come back to visit at a less stressful time. The vibrant fall colors were an extra special treat for us south Floridians! Oh, just a friendly reminder for all of us campers who travel with our pets in tow. PICK UP YOUR POOCHY POOPS. DON’T BEND AND PRETEND. Thanks everyone, hope you are enjoying all your camping adventures.