Of course, I wasn't going to miss the total eclipse of the sun. I drove to Lavonia GA, fighting traffic the whole way, and made it with 10 minutes to spare. I found the perfect small town event. People stood and sat around the town square and the train station. Kids rode their bicycles expectantly around town. Dogs waited patiently for their masters. It slowly grew darker, then quickly.
And then it was dusk in the afternoon. The eastern sky glowed red like a sunset.
Two and a half minutes later, the sun returned. Hooray! The dragon that ate the sun has been vanquished! Time for some pie!
I headed to Dad's just off I-85. This is very much a small town restaurant as jack-of-all-trades. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu is a simple affair of burgers, hot dogs, chili and---of course---pie. Many of the dishes were sold out thanks to the tourists who descended like locusts on the area. Luckily, the pie had escaped their reach.
I went for a slice of buttermilk pie, a single-crust custard pie made with buttermilk. It hit the spot: good filling, nice crust. That pie sustained me through the traffic back to Atlanta, a good finish to a memorable day.