Sunday, August 6, 2017

Back Home............

We left Black Lake on Saturday July 29th 😢 at 7:39AM.

Decided, especially with Rich's back bothering him, that we would take our time going home.  So our first leg of the trip took us to Falling Waters, West Virginia  Had to make a few stops!  First to fill up the gas tank, then drop off the change of address at the post office, and at about 10:30 we stopped for breakfast at Denny's!  ( Love getting the 15% AARP discount)!

PA State line by noon, Gas in PA ( $2. 53/gallon at Pilot!), about a 15 minute delay with road work,  and McDonald's for a milkshake for the road.  Maryland State Line about 3:20 and arrived at the Quality Inn-Spring Mills about 3:30, ordered a Pizza delivery and called it a night!  Great Hotel!

Sunday morning we were back on the road about 8:27, to the Virginia state line before 8:45.  Stopped at Denny's again for breakfast about 11:30 and gas again about 1:00pm.  We were only about 20 miles from the hotel when  we encountered our second traffic jam...... but fortunately it didn't last REAL long.   Finally checked in to the Rodeway Inn, in Charlotte, NC.   Do NOT recommend this hotel at all!  The building is fine, the rooms are very nice, but no coffee, no hairdryer in the room and a  very very uncomfortable part of town.  It was Subway for dinner.

Love the hills of Virginia!..And that's Lake Norman in N. Carolina.

Back on the road about 8:45 on Monday morning Hit a little bit of traffic around Charlotte, but no too bad. Gas at the Pilot station in Orangeburg ( $1..97/gallon). About 1.7 miles from our exit on to I-95 south, we hit yet another traffic jam.  An accident just past our exit.  It took us 43 minutes to go 1.7 miles!!!   A quick lunch and McDonalds, and arrived at the Econo Lodge in Brunswick, GA.  We had stopped here a couple of years ago on our way home.  Excellent hotel, and great hot breakfast.  ( But no coffee in the room!)  And Denny's was just across the street, so it was pasta for Rich and the Bourbon Chicken Skillet for me!

Tuesday, our last leg........On the road about 8:30, and hit the Florida State Line about 20 minutes later.  Back in the home state, so the sky was getting dark ( as you can see in the above picture, taken near Jacksonville. Last stop for gas, breakfast at Bob Evans, near Orlando, and home around 2:00 in the afternoon! The rest of the day - unpacking, unpacking, unpacking...........Chinese Takeout (no food in the house) and to bed early!

Wednesday and Thursday was grocery shopping, doing laundry, cleaning the back lanai and putting the furniture back out. Cleaning the front porch ( O my God!!!!  it was soooooooooooo dirty!). Friday, Saturday and  again tomorrow  ----- working in the yard!    (Haircut for Rich~~~)  Grass was mowed on Wednesday, and the Pest Control Guy came and sprayed on Thursday..........  The weeds were a foot high, I swear!  The palm trees had tons of new growth that needed to be cut, and the topiary in the front yard looked like a wild ugly bush!    And so after a hard day's work, we treated our selves to some delicious Strawberry Shortcake!

Nice to be home.  Well, kind of, anyway.  Love the comforts of home, but can't say much for this rainy, HOT weather!  We're already starting to plan for next year's trip..........and  while we've got three options for an extended stay at Black Lake - we are looking at other alternatives ( N. Carolina, Virginia, Main - or out Denny's way again).. But for right now, I need to contact our friends.....for a dinner date, and check out what's going on around town,  at the Show Palace, or down in Ft. Myers...................

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