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On the Road Again

Uneventful Day One

Hi Y'all;
It was up at 0530 hrs to pack the perishables and to complete loose ends before leaving the house for 5 1/2 months on the road. I left the mh storage facility at 0850 with TOAD (towed vehicle) connected. My destination was Perry, FL just east of Gainesville. It was 340 miles from Estero.

Along the way I turned WSW at Ocala onto Rt. 27. Ocala is 'horse country' but I had never driven westward from the city. What I saw along the divided highway was perhaps 50 miles of horse ranches in countryside similar to the Blue Grass country of Kentucky. Last summer when in Louisville touring Churchill Downs we were taken to the stables where 900+ thoroughbred racehorses are stalled and cared for 24/7 by green-card (?) migrant workers who live in barracks on the grounds with their families. We learned that these expensive, pampered animals are transported for the winter months to Ocala among a couple other places, Texas, etc. The large investment the wealthy owners have in these horses pay huge dividends in winnings at the track and in the pastures with their semen, if you get my drift! Along this stretch of highway the state sowed wildflower seeds in the median to beautify the highway for the wealthy tax-paying landowners. The setting is absolutely beautiful with the flowers in bloom and the miles of fenced fields with the elaborate gates to each farm. Most ranches have entrance gates costing thousands of dollars.

Arriving in Perry about 4:00 pm I found a very nice Elks Club with RV accommodations for about 15 campers. After setting up (about 5 minutes) I showered then went into the Club to register. Being one of the Elk 'brothers' I am always welcomed as a visiting Elk. I enjoyed a drink or two with a nice couple who invited me to have dinner with them. A widow came along to complete the foursome! Not interested! A 'shore' dinner of fresh shrimp, white fish, and scallops was just off the boat--simply delicious. There was a banquet for about 150 participants and their chaperones/sponsers for the local 'Special Olympics'. There were alot of people in the lodge but the facility is large enough to accommodate all including members & guests in a separate dining area.

Tomorrow, I head to Apalachacola, FL the "Oyster Capitol" of the USA, a claim refuted by several other states however! Since I am fond of these 'albuminous crustations' I look forward to returning to a favorite restaurant there for lunch. Then, it will be on to Pensicola Elks Lodge for an overnight. More to be reported there.

Posted by dixter 06:06

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