December 10, 2011

The Florida Route

Though we are having trouble pinning down the exact plans, it looks like I'm heading to Tampa Florida with some friends for New Years. 
  1. I will leave from mass and drive the Go-Go Gadget red car to Pennsylvania to meet a friend. 
  2. We'll drive her car to DC where we will potentially meet another friend and spend the day bumming around the city. I haven't been to DC since I was thirteen so I have really been wanting to go back.
  3. The now three of us will drive the 900 miles to Tampa where we will be reunited with a bunch of old friends from all over the country. New Years Eve will be awesome
  4. While I think leaving Florida on January 1st is a bad plan, we will at some point drive North, maybe stopping in Savannah along the way. 
  5. 900 miles (and a bit) later and I'll get my car from Pennsylvania and drive back to Mass.
Yes, I could fly down and back for more money though much less time, but where's the fun in that? Getting there is the adventure and I plan on taking lots of pictures, so stay tuned.

My questions to you, ladies and gentlemen:
  • Is there anything that we would be crazy not to see along this route? I haven't been down south in almost ten years and, besides a few sections of Virginia, I didn't spend a lot of time there. 
  • Are there any good places to rest along the way? While I am use to vehicle living and more than happy to crash in a store parking lot, the other passengers are pretty green. Does anyone know of a good out of the way camping area, maybe in Virginia, that we could crash? I'll have to check out the free camping site before the trip.
The World is a book, 
and those who do not travel read only a page.  
~St. Augustine


  1. Ash, a member of our favorite has extended an invitation to camp on his property, in VA. I'll check for his mane and info and I'll get back to you.

    aren't I being oh so now considering you abandoned us at the RTR for Florida????

  2. Cyndi, that sounds great! and yes, I've settled for Florida over Arizona:( It's closer and cheaper for now but one of these days you and I are going to meet in person for a cup of tea (or cocktail):)

  3. Ash, try Ceder Key, North of Tampa.A real nice little village about 40 miles East of 75 if I remember right. Or was that 95? Reasonable lodging if you all decied to stay a night. Great food, hole in the wall bars (my favorite) and wonderful art galleries. Locals are real nice and woth the detour off the highway.
    Don't forget the wild seabird santuary in Redington Beach Tampa area. I will get that link for you too. A girlfriend works at it and maybe you can look her up. I will be heading to Alligator Point the day after Christmas myself.

  4. there is some nice stuff in downtown Richmond, VA, as well as an Edgar Allen Poe Museum, I always wanted to do philly, good luck have fun and stay warm. Austin is not that far out of the way.

  5. Ash, Savannah is absolutely gorgeous and one of our favorite cities. What about a stop in Charleston (hint, hint).

  6. Cool Ashley !! You will be on my turf. Here are some good links my friend !

    Enjoy my friend ! I will be there with my daughters for Christmas and New Years !!!


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