30. Apr, 2016


WEDNESDAY 05-11-08 

Today was a long day. After showering I popped in to the Wal-Mart store to see if they sold thinning blades so that I could have a good hack at my hair as I don’t think the barber back in Atlanta touched the top at all. It desperately needs thinning and cutting, hacking it myself would be quick and cheap. Sadly they didn’t sell them and on leaving the store I noticed the newspaper headlines that Barak Obama had won the Presidential election, I was surprised at the speed of the result, given the size of the country and the number of electors. I hadn’t expected the result to be announced for another 12-24 hours. I didn’t buy the newspaper, I’m not keen on their papers but at least Americans are spared the British red-top adult comics like the Sun & Daily Mirror. For millions back home it must be a mark of adulthood to move from the Beano and Dandy to the Sun or Mirror. 

We left Ocala at about 09:20 and headed for Lazy Days www.lazydays.com in Tampa (GPS: N28.009168 W82.306816) through whom we have our RV insured and where we nearly bought an RV a year or so ago. The purpose of this visit was to ask advice about our options regarding the RV, should we ship, store or sell it? 

The journey there was quite enjoyable, again the scenery was very much like Lexington, Kentucky as there were ‘Horse Farms’ everywhere and beyond that a landscape that was very much like rural England with rolling green hills, woods, hedgerows, fences and fields of cattle grazing. Such a pleasant surprise as I’d expected to see far more swampland. 

We arrived there about 11:30, I was hungry and so had a quick munch of my tasty lunch-time sandwiches before going in to speak to the Lazy Days staff. 

We came away with quite a lot to think about. In preparation for possible storage we visited Big Toy Storage www.bigtoystorage.us Ricky the manager there gave us an interesting and informative tour of the excellent facility. It costs a lot more than we would like to pay since this expense has not been budgeted for. We had expected to be able to ship the RV home and sell it fairly easily, but the downturn in the world economy has changed things and it’s now about damage limitation and we have to balance cost again benefits. 

By now we weren‘t too happy with life, and on top of that it was another overcast warm, humid day. We felt we deserved some sunshine and so decided to head south towards Naples on the Gulf of Mexico, a place we’ve been to a couple of times before and love. 

We have until the 14th November to amuse ourselves before the ‘Endeavor’ space shuttle launches from the Kennedy Space Center. In the end we finished up at the KOA campground at Pine Island www.pineislandkoa.com  near Fort Myer www.cityfortmyers.com and a long way from where we set out this morning. We’d just had a run of three overnight stays at Wal-Mart, and I felt we should have a campground with full facilities for the night in order to get charged up and replenished in every sense of the word. When we finally arrived having endured miles of stop-go traffic in the rush hour it was important to get set up as soon as possible and get the BBQ grill on as it was getting dark. Tummies filled we sat down and watched some TV news about the Obama victory. 

LOCATION TONIGHT: Pine Island Resort/KOA, 5120 Springfellow Rd, St James City, FL 33956 (GPS: N26.534879 W82.088316) .