One last breakfast with the Elks then we set off South again. Now we're in Myrtle Beach SC to meet Barbara's cousin Helen and our old Maryland friend Barry.
is a good friend from our motorcycling days back in Maryland. We had
a great group of friends in Maryland Chapter J of the Gold Wing Road
Riders Association (GWRRA) and we were continually going out for ice
cream, breakfast or dinner somewhere. Barry has been a wonderful
source of jokes and good humor. About the time we moved to
California, Barry moved to Myrtle Beach SC.
|Barry and Barbara spending time.|
|Drunken Jacks for lunch|
|Lesser known spots in South Carolina|
|Barbara and Helen relax on the patio|
On and on! We next found out that more friends from UK were in Florida. Ron and Sue were in Orlando doing Disney World but unfortunately they leave the day we arrive so we probably won't get to see them. Maybe next year when we go to Europe?
There are always choices when you pick routes. Going to Florida the most obvious is I95, but that's just not for us. A much nicer (if slower) alternative is Rt17 which parallels 95 and is for the most part 4 lanes. The occasional town and stoplight don't bother us, and I've learned to keep fairly close to the posted speed limit on these rural roads where the town's Police department pay their salaries with speeding tickets.
The rig has been in dire need of a wash after 6 months without one, and the car is pretty crusty too. Truck washes are the place to wash RV's also. We saw one along the way but after ½ hour of waiting we discovered that they were using the same brushes to scrub all the trucks and the same bucket of soapy water too! They didn't even empty the bucket between vehicles either. So that and the fact they wanted about $75 to wash and wax just the rig had us leaving unwashed.
used Blue Beacon truck washes several times around the country and
been very satisfied with their service. Looking on their app we found
there was one 60 miles further south and right on Rt 17! Off we went
and got both the car and rig washed and waxed for $63 using pressure
washers and an overhead roof sprayer. The wash bay was next to Love's
so we filled up, had a bathroom break and then made sandwiches for
lunch on the road. Doing everything in one stop is an old long
distance driving trick that keeps average speeds up by eliminating
several individual stops.
|Blue Beacon truck wash, we're next!|
To make up some lost time and avoid traffic in Savannah and Jacksonville we got on I95 (Alright we caved in!). As soon as we could we got on to US1 thru St Augustine to our stop for a couple of night at the Compass RV Park about 4 miles from St Augustine. A nice quiet place that the owners are obviously spending a lot of money on but $60 a night after our Good Sam discount was too rich to stay long.
Kissimee we found a Thousand Trails park we could stay at for FREE!
Lots of amenities including no license fishing and they are spending
like crazy on new water and electrical supplies in the park. Better
yet, when we looked up Jacky and Sharon's address it was only 4 miles
from them and we were soon catching up on 30 years of news.
|St Augustine Beach|
|Jackie and Sharon|
|Nice night at the RV Park|
We reminisced until 1am!
day we spent touring the sights, bars and restaurants nearby, then
they came over to our place and we barbecued and reminisced some
more. Eventually we caught up, made promises for next year, emptied
the cooler, had one last meal together at a nice steak house and
departed on our next adventure.
|Hanging out at their pool|