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Jenk­ins spent the bet­ter part of a year criss­cross­ing Ge­or­gia for more than 10,000 miles, ex­plor­ing the nooks and cran­nies of the Peach State. He vis­ited old mills, cov­ered bridges (al­most ev­ery one in the state), court­houses, his­toric houses and old churches with­out num­ber, and what­ever else caught his fancy. And then he or­ga­nized it all into 15 tours cov­er­ing var­i­ous parts of the state, and wrote it up in a book ap­pro­pri­ately ti­tled “Back­roads and By­ways of Ge­or­gia.”

Ride the his­toric At­lantic coast from Sa­van­nah to St. Mary’s, ram­ble the Ap­palachian north­west, cruise the broad plains of the south­west, or roam the Blue Ridge Moun­tains of the north­east. Each tour is care­fully mapped out with pre­cise driv­ing di­rec­tions and in­for­ma­tion about points of in­ter­est. Even ex­plore a bit on your own if you like, be­cause there’s some­thing new to dis­cover ev­ery­where you look: the his­toric, the quirky and off­beat, the strange and un­usual, and abun­dant beauty.

The $19.95 book has more than 200 color pho­tographs make the 304-page “Back­roads and By­ways of Ge­or­gia” a vis­ual treat, whether you’re trav­el­ing in your car or your arm­chair. And if you’re trav­el­ing in fact, rather than fancy, you’ll find the book equips you with itin­er­ar­ies for trips of dif­fer­ing du­ra­tions and in dif­fer­ent sea­sons. plus in­for­ma­tion about com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tions, great food, and good shop­ping too.

David Jenk­ins will dis­cuss and sign copies of his book “Back­roads & By­ways of Ge­origa” on Thurs­day, June 29, at the Chicka­mauga Pub­lic Li­brary from 4-7 p.m.

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