Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Starting the trip back homo

Fortunately we were out of Florida and safe in our room in Tuscaloosa, AL, when Hurricane Irma started her destruction on the peninsula of Florida.

It got really scary when they actually showed Wauchula and Sebring on the Weather Channel because  of  the velocity of the winds in that area. And as I check Duke Energy every day it is both Highlands County and Hardee County that will probably be waiting the longest to get power restored.  All they are saying right now, is that the areas are being "assessed" and restored power will be AFTER September 17th.

On Tuesday we decided to begin the trek back home, booking three nights at the
Quality Inn in Tallahassee, FL.  Ran into some very very slow traffic on I-10 E.... but finally made it back to the Sunshine State.

The hotel was easy to find, just off  I-10.  We were lucky to book when we did.  The hotel was completely sold out!  Decent hotel, friendly staff, rooms are very clean and comfortable, nice hot breakfast......and most everyone here is heading back home, either to Florida or Georgia.

Unfortunately, there are not of places to eat around here.......and Rich was hurting pretty back from the drive.  There was a Waffle House next door ( I swore I would never go back here!!!).  We were hungry and tired.............and surprisingly, the food was very very good.  Because of recent outages they did not have a full menu, so we just ordered the special..... WOW  That included eggs, hash browns, sausage/bacon, toast and waffle!!

Tonight we found this great little Diner - Ruby's Diner.  Really great staff, delicious food!  We both had the Country Fried Steak.  We just may go back there tomorrow!!

On Friday our plan is to go a little further south - still staying of I-75.  Everyone right now is trying to get home, and the traffic is just bumper to bumper and cars are getting stranded, running out of gas.  And better than 65% of the gas stations are still empty.   So the plan is to stay in Chiefland, Fl.... down on  US- 19.  We are hoping to be able to head for home Sunday or Monday???????  Again that will depend on the status of power!


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