Farewell to Tarpon Springs

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
Trip End Mar 21, 2010

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Monday, March 29, 2010

We are enjoying our stay here in Tarpon Springs, going biking, having lazy days relaxing, doing a little geocaching, reading and going out for some of our meals.

The Pinellas Trail starts here in Tarpon Springs and is a paved trail that goes about 40 miles down to St Petersburg. It is a superb trail for biking and at crossroads the car drivers are very courteous, giving you the right of way. It is very flat of course, so that made it easier for me, as hills are still really tough on me. We stopped and started along the trail as we geocached along the way. As before, it turned out that we saw some very interesting sights that we would have otherwise missed. A few of the caches we just could not find, so we had to give up and keep on going.

Last night we went to Momma Maria's Restaurant on the main street and Momma is still cooking in the kitchen in this Greek family run restaurant. It was hard to choose what to eat as there are so many choices and it all looks so good. Our appetizer was grilled calamari (squid), and we think it is one of the best we have tasted, next to our favourite calamari in China Town in Toronto. Jon had the gryro this time and I had chicken souvlaki. That night Jonathan was soooo sick, (not the recommended way to lose weight!) I think he had a touch of food poisoning, but I am fine. So he has been sleeping all day trying to feel a bit better now that the worst has passed. He has no appetite, so no more eating out for a bit. Getting lots of reading done by the pool. I also took the opportunity to do some shopping while he was snoozing all day. Finally he feels well enough to venture out, so we downloaded some more geocaches and away we went to Wall Spring Park on the south end of town. What a lovely setting, a natural spring flows and what was once a 'spa’ is now a park for walking or biking on the trails, picnicking and a playground for kids. Found a couple of caches. Florida seems full of these natural springs that run crystal clear….they look really inviting for a dip!

Our friend whose vacation home we are staying in has family here, and we were invited over for afternoon tea/coffee. On arrival what a lovely spread of homemade Greek desserts, coffee and tea. We had a really nice visit and came away with a couple of boxes of grapefruit from their trees in the back yard. They are so juicy; there is just no way to compare them to what we get at home. Now we need to fit them in the van, yikes.

Saturday we went into the Fine Arts Festival in town, it was a huge gathering of local artists. We spent time strolling around admiring all the jewellery, paitings and other assorted works of art. Another gem of a park in Tarpon Springs.

Last night Jon was feeling better so back into town for one last Greek meal. It’s going to be hard getting back into cooking every day. So now today, Sunday, March 27 we are heading north on our way home. We do not have reservations at any campsites so we will just see how it goes, probably taking 4 days or so and not rushing. We stayed at O’Leno State Park in Florida, a lovely park that was actual camping, not RV parking. One of the tributaries of the Suwanne River runs through the park, and suddenly disappears only to re-emerge about 4 miles away, so we walked a trail to see where this occurs. Definitely a place worth coming back to for a longer stay and a park that we would definitely recommend. Now tonight we are at a KOA in Forsyth Georgia. This spot is right on the highway and you could hear the traffic all night, but it was handy, and only one night. Chatted with our neighbours, who are also heading home to Ontario and they gave us a recommendation for the next nights stop. Who knows where will get to tomorrow. Ciao for now.
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