On the way to Poinciana

Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
Trip End Sep 08, 2010

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Guest of John and Adrienne

Flag of United States  , Florida
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Started our Day at: 6:30a.m. and left the Hotel around 7:00a.m. drove for about an hour and stopped for breakfast at a Waffle House. Waffle Houses are always friendly local diners with pretty good food. After finishing our food we got back on the road again with a goal of getting to the junction of I-10 and I-75.  After talking to Adrienne and John we all thought it would be better  since the weather is a little crazy so instead of taking the West coast route heading down south we will go to I-75 south through central Florida. 

For lunch we stopped at Cracker Barrel and were served by a real nice waitress named Sunshine.  I had chicken and dumplings (yummy) and Dave had a chicken salad.  Cracker Barrels are always a great place to stop for a bite to eat.  They are clean, all built the same so you know where everything is at (like the restrooms) when you get inside.  And they all have this quaint country store to browse through.  None the less the store has a lot of really great items to look though, it's almost hard not to buy a little something.  Even Dave enjoyed checking out the merchandise.

Back on the road again we continued to head for I-75.  By the time we got there it was still light out so we thought we may as well head south for a couple of hours before calling it a night.  By the time it started getting dark we called Adrienne and John again to let them know where we would be spending the night.  They told us that we were only a couple of hours away from their house and the talked us into keep going till we got there.  The moment we made the decision it started to drizzle, then rain and finally started pouring!  We trudged on!  Adrienne told us later that there were reports on the weather channel that there were 225 lightening strikes a minute in the area we were driving.  Oh lucky us!!!    Once we started on the Florida Toll way I expected clear sailing for the last hour ~WRONG~ let’s add some construction that closed it down to one lane with highway cones all over the place.  It was raining, dark and slow going.  None the less we arrived safely around 11:00pm. 
Sgt. Rufus, sho use to be our dog, not theirs started to bark at us when we walked into the house and you could see his eyes light up when he realized who we were.  He was definately happy to see us.  We, sat for a while and chatted then everyone crashed around midnight. 

We may have seen 2 or 3 Highway patrol cars between home and all the way thru Texas.  However, these last two days the State Police of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida were out in full force earning their pay checks.  We lost track of how many people were pulled over and being given local souvenirs (tickets) by these wonderful law-enforcement folks protecting our highways.  Fortunately, Alan Bilger warned us about staying at the speed limit, and we did! Thanks to Alan we did not get any of those special souvenirs along the way.

God bless the Highway Patrol personnel for caring for our safety.  Also, Thank God for watching out for us on this daunting night. 
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Joe on

Looking at your route map, it appears you will be driving across Obama's oil slick.

bonnwl6 on

sounds and looks like you are traveling right along.Nice pictures and interesting commentary. I like your daughters horse. Nice of you to prepare dinner for all. I am glad you are with family and will stay put for a while. continuing to pray for your safety and enjoyment

Joe Longo on

Never assume that it will only rain a little in Florida. If it starts, it usually gets worse.

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