Moving North – the Florida Panhandle

After a great two months in Cortez, FL near Bradenton, we left Saturday at noon and headed north toward the Florida panhandle.  A rainstorm as we passed Tampa forced us into a rest area for a two hour stay.  Since we’re retired and in no hurry, we don’t drive in the rain as it just gets our vehicles all dirty.  So we just parked and watched some golf on tv and read until the rain subsided.  We then drove about 175 miles to Gainesville and spent the night in a Walmart parking lot (across the street from a Starbucks) then continued our journey early the next morning.  After a trip of 300 miles (including a stop for 55 gallons of diesel at $4.32.gal. ! ! !), we crossed a causeway over Choctawhatchee Bay onto a peninsula along the Gulf of Mexico to our destination in Miramar Beach, just east of Destin, FL.

The causeway over Choctawhatchee Bay

We are now parked at Geronimo RV Park for the month of April enjoying some more warm weather and beach time (ok, we just spent two months near the beach but somebody has to do it).

Sitting in Geronimo RV Park

At the end of the month we’ll continue our journey northward, but more on that later.  Thanks for checking us out . . .

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5 Responses to Moving North – the Florida Panhandle

  1. Marsha says:

    I DO NOT the sound of $4.32.gal. We thought $4.09 was high here in AZ.
    WOW…that site is huge. Who is that gorgeous looking lady in the chair? I love the look of that grass. We haven’t seen that in a while…:(
    Enjoy your week!

  2. John upchurch says:

    John and Pam,
    It was great meeting you at the gas station at 331 and I-10. I new you were educators. I am enjoying your blog and will look forward to keeping up with your travels. Our hope is to follow in your footsteps when we retire. My wife is also a school teacher. Safe traveling. John Upchurch

  3. Tom Stack says:

    4.32$ a gallon, and how many mpg do you get with that beast?? I was wondering, you guys were in Cortez (spelling might be wrong) for 2 months, do you periodically fire the diesel engine up and just let it sit running a few minutes? Or do you not really need to do that and it just takes off on first key turn after 2 months of not running? Hope you guys are enjoying the south!!!

    –Tom

    • placestheygo says:

      Tom,
      That’s a good question. When it sits for a long period of time, if possible you should start the engine and take the motorhome for a ride of at least 20 miles every month or so to get everything up to temperature and all bearings moving. If you can’t drive it for any distance it’s better to let it sit, as just idling is not good for an engine. So we just let it sit for the two months. But it has a three stage battery charger that keeps the batteries up and when we turned the key, the engine started right up!

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