April 9 through 15: My lovely wife Lynn, Little Buddy, and me drove down to Ft Benning Friday, I had to be at CRC (Conus Replacement Center) Sat morning at 0900. Took the backroads, nice scenery, but we got tired and cranky when we realized we didn’t have the car registration. Highlight was a meal at a Turkish place in Milledgeville, really good food. I will post a review separately. Milledegeville is a very nice town with a viable downtown area due to colleges there. Off the beaten path, it is certainly worth a visit if you are in the areaIt was hot in the car in the sun and we weren’t comfortable until moving it into covered parking where we could see it, roll windows down and make sure Maude was OK.
CRC was far easier and quicker than when I went through in 2004. Most of us were prepared and had done the online training and other requirements ahead of time, like having ID cards in-hand. So, I had lots of time off. Only snags were I had to get a TB test and I couldn’t use my wheeled duffle bag. I bought a long duffle with zipper across the top, much better than the top loader that always has what you need on the bottom. I couldn’t use that either, too long. Total BS, had to pack quickly in a regular duffle and leave stuff behind for Lynn to send later.
It was great having Lynn and Maude here, Maude limited our ability to go out and eat, but we pretty much stayed in the room and just hung out when I was there. We wanted to just be with each other. Just watching her sleep was enough for me. We did try two barbeque places that were highly rated, both very disappointing, Columbus looks like it has no good barbeque, part of that Georgia BBQ wasteland. See separate reviews for Chester’s and Country’s Barbeque.
Thursday was a complete down day until 1700, before that I just had to get my PPD read. So, we went to downtown Columbus and checked out the waterfront. I like Augusta’s riverwalk, but this is more extensive and very nice. For lunch, we got BBQ sandwiches (pulled pork) from top rated BBQ place Chester’s, they were terrible. We ate them in a small history park, then walked some more. I could live in this area of Columbus, some very nice old homes. Tomorrow is go day.