08-May-2000 -- My GPS receiver's batteries died just as I was
far enough east of Athens on GA 72 that it seemed silly to turn around. I
stopped at the first convenience store I saw, about 10 miles further down
the road in Comer. That crisis averted, I continued another six miles or so
through Madison County to Carlton to look for the road to Point Peter
(which is in Oglethorpe County). Since I was solo and using a receiver
without a built-in map, I was having to glance quickly at my paper atlas
and guess which road I needed. It looked like it was labeled "Sandy
Cross Rd." even though it went through Point Peter first, and
continued south almost all the way to Lexington. I only drove a couple
miles past Lexington Rd. before I realised that it probably changed names
at the county line.
I knew I'd need to be turning left somewhere, since the confluence was
just east of this road. There was one street labeled N. Point Peter Rd. in
my atlas that looked like it came into the west side of a 4-way intersection
exactly where I wanted to be (side note: the DeLorme maps are great, but
they don't have near enough roads labeled to be useful for something like
this). Point Peter, as it's marked on most road atlases, seems to be two
churches (Glade Baptist and Glade Methodist, if I remember correctly)
across the street from each other. That's it.
I found a dusty clay/gravel road headed vaguely east and labeled
"Point Peter Rd.", so I figured I was in the right place. Within
a mile or so, I was headed more south than east, and the road
dead-ended at a granite quarry. I went back out and tried again. Not
more than a couple hundred yards north was a narrow paved road that I
didn't see the first time. I parked at 0.24 minutes south and 0.11 minutes
west of the target, and started walking through the thick Georgia forest.
After I crossed what seemed to be a dry stream bed, the going got a
little easier, although the trees were still fairly thick. There were a couple
of hopeful clearings, but they weren't quite right.
The best spot I found to stand without briers or poison ivy was near
a small tree. It seems some other animal had already marked the spot
(see photo #3). I only took a couple of pictures, because the scenery
was pretty much the same in all directions.
Totals: about an hour driving time (including wrong turns), and about
30 minutes walking. I paid convenience store price for a pack of AA
batteries, and had to get the car washed because the red Georgia clay
from the road to the quarry coated it so thick the windows were