Early on Saturday morning 3/11/17 we met at Chic Fil-A on North Point
Parkway for sign-in and a participants meeting prior to starting our tour
to Warner Robins. Many first-time tour participants were on hand, along
with folks who have toured with us before. I was particularly pleased to
see at least three families present. The tour was a good educational
opportunity, and encouraging our young folks to love Porsches the way we do
doesn't hurt either.
We broke into three groups to make it easier to keep everyone together, and
assigned GPS units to the leader of each group. The GPS units had the route
pre-programmed into them so that the group leaders didn't need to be able
to drive and read the turn-by-turn instructions at the same time. This
seemed to work well, and I hope will make it easier to get volunteer group
leaders for our future tours. I believe the car count at this point was 20.
This group proceeded to Covington where we took a rest break and were
joined by folks who lived on the east side not too far from our route. We
then continued to Jackson with only one minor issue. A bridge on highway 36
was being replaced and had closed earlier than signs had previously stated
it would, so we had to take a detour. No big deal, in fact we got to see
some new territory along the way. In Jackson we picked up folks who live on
the south side so they didn't have to drive all the way to Alpharetta to
take the tour. At this point we had 26 cars and 42 people for the tour.
South of Jackson we turned onto Juliette Road, passing by the town of
Juliette which is the home of The Whistle Stop Café made famous in the
movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Unfortunately, they don't have much parking and
the road to the café is narrow and had cars parked on both sides, so
we could not even make a photo opportunity there, but we recommend going
back some time when you are not in a big group.
In Macon we had lunch at the Ol' Time Country Buffet at the Macon Mall.
There were far too many choices of salad fixin's, meats, vegetables, and
desserts to try even a small percentage of them, but the food was good and
no one went away hungry!
Finally, after all the stops and a nap worthy lunch we proceeded to the
aviation museum. There are so many displays, planes, helicopters, etc. that
you could spend several days there. I think the highlight for many was the
SR71 Black Bird. This plane is a technological marvel for its' time,
capable of 2,000 MPH flying at 85,000 feet.