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Martins HeirCon 08-09-2015 09:35 AM

Dadventure! Just the guys roadtrip...
I'm prepping for a circuit of Florida next week with my Dad. I had some vacation days to burn, and we've been talking about a trip for awhile. A trip where we can do all of the Man things that the ladies don't enjoy.
How many times have I driven by that Don Garlits museum sign? How long since we've driven on Daytona Beach? There's a car museum there, too...
Dad is 76, and a lifelong RVer and ex-fulltimer. They had to "land" a few years back for health reasons, but he still loves to go. He's not as mobile as he should be, but I can handle the slack. I'll just have to fit my trip to him. My trips with my wife are all about exploring on foot or bicycle, paddling in new waters we find. This trip will be things we can drive an AC-equipped car to. I'll be storing up priceless memories, though!

Anyway, I'll try to keep a trip report updated here with some pictures.

Basic itinerary will be Atlanta to Ocala, then east to Daytona, then Canaveral, down A1A to St Lucie. Skip around Miami and get on down to Pennekamp for a tour. We'll explore the Overseas Hwy. down to Key West and stay at the NAS campground on Dredgers Key for a couple of days.
On the way back we'll visit some Kinfolk in Lithia and friends in Clearwater, then mosey up 19 toward I75 and home.

It's a hot time to visit Florida, I know! I'll try to drive during his naptimes, and I just spent the day yesterday putting a new window AC in the Trillium for him. Seems funny, after all the time and expense to eliminate the AC last year.

Stay tuned...

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Martins HeirCon 08-09-2015 02:54 PM

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At least the new unit is smaller and quieter and more efficient and white. .

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Sid 08-09-2015 07:39 PM


Originally Posted by Martins HeirCon (Post 540692)
I'll be storing up priceless memories, though

My biggest regret in buying mine is that i did not do it soon enough. My Dad too was a lifelong RVer until Parkenson's altered his remaining retirement years.
I salute you:thumb

Evergreengirl 08-09-2015 08:35 PM

Good for you - that sounds like a wonderful trip!

Martins HeirCon 08-14-2015 07:01 PM

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Well, we're loaded and ready to roll! I have to pull first shift tomorrow, then off for the next eight days. We'll get out of the ATL by 3ish, then overnight in Ocala.

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Raff 08-15-2015 08:40 AM

Sounds like a great trip. My wife and I will be doing the same trek later his year with stops at the Don Garlits museum, Anastasia State Park, Boyd's in Key West and Long Key State Park. Be sure to post some details as our trip to the Key's is partly inspired by your earlier posts about the area. With luck we're hoping to return to Canada via New Jersey as I'd love to check out Happy travels. Enjoy the time with your Dad.

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Pam Garlow 08-15-2015 08:42 AM

Looking forward to your future posts. This is what makes for the best memories, for sure!

Martins HeirCon 08-15-2015 03:31 PM

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Thanks y'all. We're having a blast already. I've taught him how to find music on Pandora and now we're motoring along listening to Hank Thompson on YouTube! Remember when you used to wear out the tuner knob on your radio in these long open stretches?

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The obligatory state line stop for a new free state map ( large print , even!)

Ernest Tubb has us waltzing across Texas...

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Martins HeirCon 08-15-2015 03:35 PM

Pam, sorry I couldn't bring the U-Haul this trip. Couldn't fit AC FOR Dad.

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Martins HeirCon 08-15-2015 04:33 PM

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Oh my LORD, call the towing police! I wonder what the owners manual says about this??

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Along about Gainesville spotted this cool teardrop behind a 'Vette

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Glenn Baglo 08-15-2015 05:32 PM

We can call the police about you using a hand-held device while driving. Do you text too?

Martins HeirCon 08-15-2015 07:16 PM

Nah. To do that I'd have to pause the movie I'm watching while driving.

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Martins HeirCon 08-15-2015 07:23 PM

Dadventure! Just the guys roadtrip...
We're landed for the night at Silver Springs SP, in a pull-thru with 50A and water that could easily hold 6 of this camper WITH tow rig. I was just happy to score a site here on first-come basis.

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Raff 08-16-2015 03:05 AM

Tow police and pausing the movie. Very funny. Love it. 👍👍

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