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THE ROAD TO VERO BEACH

Slow start with dead battery

rain 78 °F

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What we anticipated to be a nice drive from Homestead to Vero Beach had some difficulties in the beginning. Naturally, Murphy's Law prevailed in that it was raining when we got ready to leave the campground. When the ignition key was turned--nothing but clicking. Ugh! Fortunately, I carry jumper cables so we jump-started the mh. The battery is 4 yrs. old, the typical life of a battery. I called AAA to request a service call and a new replacement battery. They told me that they only service autos not mh's. Problem. After wasting 1 1/2 hrs we decided to leave but not turn off the engine until we got to the Vero Beach campground. As we were getting settled in our site our neighbor came over to say 'hello'. I explained our problem and he said, "I'll take you to the NAPA store where you can buy a replacement battery." Great! I unhooked the battery cables and our neighbor, a big, burly guy lifted the heavy battery out of the holding frame and carried over and placed in the back of his truck. We drove to the store, he carried the battery into the store and placed it on the counter. I, of course, opened the door for him! This whole process took the better part of an hour with his truck. Murphy (law), of course was waiting for us for it was raining when we returned to the campsite. My new buddy (the neighbor) carried the replacement battery across the lawn and lifted it into the holding frame. I offered him some money for his kindness and he adamently refused. My clothing was soaked by the time I finished but the engine started on the first try after getting the cables attached.

By the time I got cleaned up for dinner it was past 6:30 pm. Pat found several restaurant choices in Vero Beach and one in particular looked interesting. It was located overlooking the beach and ocean. As it turned out it was outstanding. Named 'The Ocean Grill' it has an interesting history. The building was built over 70 years ago by an eccentric entrepreneur who left his imprint on many Vero Beach landmarks. His name was Waldo Sexton. He was a road contractor whose company of men and mules cleared the right-of-way for A1A from the south county line to Sebastian inlet. At the time he also built the road to the beach & to his restaurant. Vero Beach was a major US Naval base during WWII and the government seized the restaurant for a Naval Officers Club during the war. Snooping Nazi submarines were encountered several hundred yards off shore during this period. After the War the Navy released the property and returned it to its owner. In 1965 a Milwaukee family bought the establishment and it is now operated by a 3rd generatioon of that family. The food, of course has many fresh seafood offerings. Pat enjoyed a crab-stuffed shrimp dish and I had a favorite oyster dinner. The day ended on a very positive note.

We found Vero Beach to be a very inviting community with a slower pace than the Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jupiter stretch up I-95. It's a place for a return visit.

Tomorrow, we head northward a couple of hours to Cocoa Elks Lodge for a 2 night stay. We will return to nearby Kennedy Space Center to finish our sightseeing there. In last year's visit we decided to leave for the lines of people were too long to wait in the sun to see it all.

Posted by dixter 05:59 Archived in USA Tagged beach road to vero

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