Bikes and Forts

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Where I stayed
Motel 6 - $39 double. Basic but good

Flag of United States  , Florida
Sunday, August 17, 2008

We started the day with a free breakfast at the motel...just sufficient to keep us going, although coffee is still a challenge due to its lack of european styled coffeeness...

From there it was a short drive from Dayton to Saint Augustine. Funnily enough Daytona was more expensive due to all the Harley Davidson fans staying there on weekends. We were surprised to see so many bikers around the place and it turned out the larges HDavidson complex was just across the road from where we stayed the night.

St Augustine apparently is the oldest "continously inhabited" town in USA, although we will probably see that claim in other places. Everything in our trip claims to be the oldest recently. In any case, its a nice little colonial town, basically full of tourist shops and restaurants. Good for a short stroll...its all full of Spanish flags and the restaurant we ate in was full of bullfighter pictures (modern ones).

The town in contrast to Jacksonville was founded by Spaniards.

The pictures speak for themselves so little else to add. Its a little "colonial disney town". We are still getting used to so much tourist information on offer. In South and Central America we struggled to find maps and similar readily available and good information on request.

One of the constant things we are seeing since we started travelling USA is that everything is "One of the 10 top places to...". For example, Saint Augustine is one of the top ten walkable towns in US according to some magazine. That doesn't explain why there are tourist trains all over the place. You can basically walk the town in 30 mins...

We continued our trip North and stopped our carriage at the small town of Richmond. It was all spread out with no centre of reference apart from the town hall. Marcos fulfilled his promise and did a jog around the premises  of the hotel!! Well done!!
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