Friday, April 8, 2011

On the road to Mandeville, LA

On Wednesday we packed the car and started our trip to Mandeville, LA. Mandeville is located about 30 miles north of New Orleans. On Friday the Mid South Regional Pickleball Tournament is being held at Pelican Park. They are expecting close to 200 playes for the tournament, which will take place over three days; it's a USAPA Sanctioned Tier 3 Tournament, so it's open to youth, young adults and seniors.

We were on the road about 8:30. Stopped on the way out to say goodbye to Jack and Diane since we wouldn't see them again for a while, since they're heading out west next winter.

A few last minute stops at the post office, the bank and at McDonalds for one of their $1 breakfast burritos and coffee and then we travelled on to Pensacola, Fl. That was about 9 hours, so we decided to spend the night and drive the last 2 1/2 hours the next morning. Stopped at a Red Roof Inn right off I-10 and walked about 1/2 mile or so up the road to the La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant where we enjoyed an excellent dinner. Great atmosphere and excellent food.

We slept in the next morning, not in any hurry to get on the road. We didn't have any plans until 6:30 Thursday evening over in Covington, LA. It was nearly
11:oo when we were back on the road Thursday morning. Talk about the price of gas!!!! The tank was very low, so we needed to get gas before we left Pensacola. The cheapest we found was $3.77/gallon. It was $3.69 back in Wauchula. We drove on in to Alabama and stopped at a Subway for a quick lunch - again just off I-10. Lunch was great but hard to swallow as we lookout the window at the price of gas. It was $3.39. It's just amazing the difference in the price of gas less than 100 miles down the road..........Oh well.

We had made reservations at the Microtel Hotel in Pearl River, which is about 20 minutes from the courts and arrived there mid afternoon. Then it was unpack, relax a bit and get ready for our evening social in Covington.

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