How Well Known Is "The Truck On HiWay 96"

HiWay 96 Road 1st Trip East
We weren't exactly lost, but we were off the route.  Going east on Hiway 96 from Bonaire takes you through Jeffersonville. It's not really a hard route to follow. Take a right at the tracks and a left at the first road. That's it. Nothing tricky. And the signs are there to point you the way.  But I depend on GPS and Google Maps. The connection there was poor and directions were sluggish.

So I Missed The Sign

A couple miles down the road I noticed something. I hadn't seen a Hiway 96 marker since leaving Jeffersonville. I saw SR80 and 19, but no GA-96. I figured I had missed a turn, but wasn't sure where. I decided to get directions. So I pulled into the first gas station we came to. There was a woman exiting the store. I asked her if she knew how to get to Hiway 96. She began thinking about the best route. Meanwhile, I needed to 'see a guy about a horse'. I excused myself and went inside..

The Guy At The Counter Gave Me The Directions

So I headed out to my car. The woman was still considering directions. Behind her, a guy pulled up in a truck. He was driving a 2018 Ford Lariat. He looked to be about 75, give or take a year.  He jumped out and started filling his tank. I asked him if he knew how to get back to 96. "Sure" he said. "Just follow me. It's about a quarter of a mile from my house. My name is David." We exchanged a few more words, and then jumped in our cars.

He Drove At A Comfortable Pace

He wasn't one of those people that run off and leave you. And he wasn't going too slow either. He drove the speed a person drives when they are sincerely trying to help someone. Behind him, Cheryl and I were discussing how we would thank him. When we left that morning, we had grabbed a couple of prints of "The Truck On HiWay 96". Cheryl suggested we give him one of them.

He Pulled Into His Driveway

The first thing I noticed was another truck. It looked brand new. It was a Maroon Ford Lariat. I'm not sure about the year. But I remember it had over 200,000 miles on it. And it was as clean as the new one. And David was really proud of it. He told me he preferred it over his 2018. We were still talking about his truck when Cheryl brought the print!

That's When It Happened

Cheryl handed David the print of the truck and said "We'd like to thank you for your help."
     "That's a 1941 Ford. And the grill has been replaced." said David.
     "You know that truck?" I asked.
     "Yep," he said. "I reckon everybody does. It's been there for 50 years or more."
     "How do you know that?" I asked.
     "I'm a machinist and use to do some work in Columbus,"  David said. "That truck's just outside of  Fort Valley. A mile or so from Lane's. I drove by that truck every day for years. And that was back in the 60's."
We talked for about 10 more minutes. David was an interesting guy. He appreciated the print, and said it meant a lot to him. He also said his younger brother would want to 'borrow' it from him. I asked him how old his brother was. He said the exact age. All I remember is that the brother was seventy something. David was in his 80's. Cheryl and I were impressed.

Confirmation About The Truck

So as we drove off, both Cheryl and I talked about what had just happened. I mean, what are the chances that David would know about that truck. He was the only person we came in close contact that day. And he was in Jeffersonville, the eastern side of 96. The truck is on the western side near Fort Valley, over an hour away. 
We felt like it confirmed everything we believed. 
The HiWay 96 Project would be a great thing to pursue.

Just wait till you read what happened on the Western End of 96. You'll be as amazed as we are. 

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