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Cemetery Photos

December 19-20, 2018

rain 45 °F
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December 19th Selma NC to Walterboro SC

Whether it is because the speed limits are 70 mph on the interstates of some other reason, we are continually getting to places too early to check in. Yesterday, we had to wait to check in. I figured out the mileage each day to be 4 or 5 hours of driving and was thinking that 250 miles would be 5 hours. But it isn't anymore. So today I tried to figure out how we could get to the next place after 2:30 in the afternoon. The trip was 243 miles and Google maps said it was going to be 3.5 hours. I decided not to check out early, but even if we checked out at 10 (which is much later than Bob likes) we would still be there at 13:30. Way too early. And I really couldn't keep Bob in the hotel much past 9. So I defaulted to something that I had researched

We do cemetery documentation which was one of the goals of the trip, although initially I thought this would mostly be on the cruise. Cemetery documentation involves taking photos of each grave in a cemetery and entering them into an on-line database called FindAGrave. The names, dates and inscriptions have to be typed into the section for each grave which is called a memorial. And if we can find out the parents or spouse of the person on the gravestone, they need to be entered also.

There is also an option for people to enter a memorial for a family member and ask for a photo of the gravestone. This option is called a Request.

I knew there was a fairly large town cemetery in Selma which had 75 requests. I figured we might be able to find a couple of them (to "Fill" the Requests) and also it was only about 50% photographed. So we checked out and drove over to the cemetery, went in and parked. I took the scooter around the outsides of the plots
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Selma cemetery

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and Bob went into the middle and between the two of us we took 362 photos in about 45 minutes. Bob said his hands had gotten numb as it was quite chilly.
Photo I took at the end of the cows on the Chik-Fil-A sign

Photo I took at the end of the cows on the Chik-Fil-A sign


Even so, we were on the road again before 10. We drove until 12:20 and stopped at a Rest Area.
Rest Area

Rest Area


Bob went to the bathroom and we got a root beer and a sprite from the vending machines (cost $1.80 because one machine did not give change)
Vending machines

Vending machines


and finished up the food from the Pizza Inn last night. We got underway again around 12:50.
Pizza Inn box

Pizza Inn box


We looked for trucks from our son's company but didn't see any - there was one that I thought I saw with some kind of earth moving equipment on it when we were eating lunch but it was disappearing over the horizon before I could positively identify it. There were lots of people speeding.

Then we were slowed down by what I think was a fire in the wheels or tires or brakes of a truck ahead of us just before we crossed Lake Marion. There was smoke, sometimes denser over I-95 and it sort of got denser and then blew away. Everyone bunched up together going slowly.
Fire ahead?

Fire ahead?


And then we passed a truck on the shoulder and the smoke disappeared. After we passed, I saw in the side mirror that someone was beside the right-hand front tire but couldn't see exactly what was smoking.

Then there was a little truck with flashing lights that said it was a wide load but there was no wide load in sight. Eventually Bob decided that it was really a too tall load and that the advance truck had a pole on the front so that if the bridge was too low he could stop the Oversize Load truck in back of him - that Oversize Load truck was keeping a distances so they could stop in time.

We still got to the Hampton Inn too early, so we got gas first instead of waiting, and this time the mileage was 48 mph. The gas is cheaper here even around the interstate - about $2.11 to $2.14. And this time, even though it was 2:30, they had the room ready. It is a handicapped room which is really big.
Scooter on the left of the handicap-room

Scooter on the left of the handicap-room


They have a big window which looks out on a wall that's about two feet from the window and a window shade that is raised and lowered electronically. And this room has a fridge and microwave. We put the scooter on to charge and I put my leftover root beer in the fridge and got to work on the photos. We filled 7 requests, and I found an additional 8 requests which had photos because the person that took the photos did not know that the procedure had changed and you have to claim a request before it is filled. We've already gotten one "Thank you". I've processed 50 of the photos and added 10 new memorials, plus putting photos on a lot of memorials without them.

Because I was working on these photos, I had Bob go out to McDonalds to get dinner. He brought me some kind of BBQ sandwich and two cookies and I finished up my root beer. He had a hamburger and a milkshake.

December 20th Walterboro SC to Palm Coast FL
I was involved with the photos this morning so we didn't leave until 9:40. Bob said the breakfast area was a zoo with all the kids there. It was, as I thought it would be, raining.
Rain

Rain


It rained off and on. We stopped at Burger King about 11:30
Burger King

Burger King


and Bob got a Whopper and a shake and I got a Bacon King and drank water. I couldn't eat all of it.
Half eatten Bacon King

Half eatten Bacon King


Bob was having a problem swallowing so he took part of the Whopper and a cup of water and the rest of the shake with him. As I left the restaurant the wind tore the door out of my hand.
Leaving restaurant

Leaving restaurant


Some of the big trucks were having a problem with the wind and I could feel it hit us periodically.

We crossed into Florida a little before 1:00,
Sunny Florida

Sunny Florida


I found out later that there was severe weather across Florida and there were some tornados in the Tampa area. We saw one of our son's trucks coming out of the first truck stop. They were hauling a drilling rig from NJ. I didn't get a photo, but they were right behind another oversize load - a big ass boat with four big outboards on the back.
Big Boat with 4 outboards

Big Boat with 4 outboards


The phone said that there was some big accident in Jax and we should take I-295, so we did that. But there were a couple of accidents that way too. We got to Palm Coast about 2:40 and got gas (41 mpg) and then checked into the hotel. We have the same room as last night but this one has a seat in the shower, so I will try that out.
Room at the Hampton Inn

Room at the Hampton Inn


Had a long discussion with the man at the hotel (maybe manager) about a scooter for his wife. The restaurants around here are pizza and BBQ and I am not interested in either of those things and I don't particularly want hamburger either. So we didn't go out to dinner. Bob ate his burger from lunch

I've done 90 of the photos ad added 22 new memorials. This brought the percent photographed (for 3830 memorials that were there when we started) from 54 to 56% photographed.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 17:29 Archived in USA Tagged cemetery storm

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