The ramps are still a wee bit snow covered, the I75 is open - 1 lane only and lots of ridges to get over. Well they were open until we got to the first hill which was about 30 minutes away. Yep road closed again. A truck had slid off the road.
2 hours later the National Guard show up and get us all in one lane and off we go up the hill very slowly. One of the closures was at London, this seems like a good place to pull over for a pee break and a coffee. As we pull off the line up to go north looks about a mile long of trucks and cars waiting to do the left. Thank goodness we are going south. The McDonald's is closed, they had run out of everything. The gas/convenience only had coffee for people who had cups. Sounds like London was a busy little town on the Friday night.
From there our trip basically continues normally, still watching the weather and still watching the temperature. When we finally pull into Ocala, Florida it is showing -2. Next stop Fort Lauderdale. We are staying at the Vacation Villages in Weston. A 2 bedroom lockdown unit. Perfect Jim has his own office, mine is in the main unit. King Bed, Jacuzzi, Full kitchen and lovely porch facing the sunshine. A trip to Whole Foods and Total Wine and we are set for the week.
As weather goes, it sucked. A tornado hit down just 3 miles north of us (close to where we stayed last year). It was humid which was nice.
Jim's new golf partners.
Too bad he couldn't have talked the ducks into going to the game with him :).
As excitement goes, it was pretty boring. Up at work by 8 to 8:30. Jim was in shock and so were the people in the office. You can get a lot done when you don't spend the first hour sitting on the DVP. 3 games of golf (9 holes), 4 lovely walks, 2 swims and oh year we can't forget the hockey game. Jim was so excited that the Leafs were playing in Tampa on Tuesday so off we went. Great seats for $50 each, right behind the Panther net. We got all excited when the leafs scored the first goal. It just happened that we were sitting with a group of Florida fans, so felt a little weird cheering when you are the only 2 leaf fans there. About 10 minutes later Jim says to me wouldn't it be awesome if it went into a shoot out. WHAT we are staying for the whole game? Thank goodness for Facebook and nets protecting you from the game, I was able to kill some time chatting on my phone. Unfortunately for Jim (I did not do any whammy spells on the leafs), Panthers scored about 5 goals and we hadn't scored another one, so we were on our way back home half way through the 3rd period. :)
One dinner out, otherwise we enjoyed our meals on the porch watching the sun set with a lovely bottle of red wine. Such a strange trip in that I didn't even get my camera out of it's case, all my little pics were taken with my phone.
Saturday morning came way to fast and we were on the road by 8. I packed sandwiches and boiled eggs up for our lunches with a few health snacks (I love Milkway Bars). First stop was Powell, Tennessee a lovely Holiday Inn Express there right off the highway with a great Italian restaurant you can walk to called Aubrey's. Saturday is 1/2 price wine night and what you don't drink they will recork for you. Up early again Sunday on our final leg. Ran into some rotten weather in Waterloo, rain, fog, low ceiling and lots of cars (where do they all come from). 5:30 and it felt like the middle of the night. 10 minutes from home on the 16th sideroad we had to come to a full stop to try and find the road, as we dropped into one of the little dips everything just disappeared. What crazy weather.
Cats are happy we are home, we are happy to be home, will we do it again next year, you betcha, but hopefully for 3 weeks.
Highlight: I love it when I unpack and I find all these little bars of soap I keep scooping out of the hotels :)