Arriving in Apalachicola just before sundown, we went to Caroline's River Dining -- a restaurant where Marcella remembers some good times. It is situated right on the Apalachicola river and is where fishermen bring in their catches. Well, it was as good as she said it would be. Nice atmosphere, good food, beautiful views. Marcella and PJ had oysters on the halfshell, Bob stuck with the grouper.
By the time we finished dinner, it was about 8:30 and we were tired. We tried to get a room at the motel connected to the restaurant, but there were no rooms. The desk clerk was very helpful, calling all the other motels in a 50-mile radius -- to no avail. All were booked solid. (We didn't take into account the fact that it was a holiday weekend.) She gave us 'shortcut' routes to Ocala, indicating that we could get there in about the same time it would take to get to Tallahassee and -- we would wind up much closer to our destination.
We headed out to Ocala. However, somewhere along the way, Bob took a deliberate wrong turn to get us to Tallahassee in about two hours. The chances of finding a room was much greater in a larger town. It worked. About 1:00 we arrived in Tallahassee, got a room and immediately passed out from exhaustion.
This morning we got up, ate a quick continental breakfast and headed out for Leesburg. After another 4 hours of driving, we stopped at Billys restaurant near The Villages for breakfast/lunch. GOOD food. Pushing on to Leesburg, we arrived about 3:30. Our hosts, Bob and Diane, welcomed us to their home. (back story: Marcella worked for Bob for several years when she lived in this area and she and Jack became good friends with Bob and Diane. We will use this as our base for the next 4-5 days as Marcella visits her sister and other good friends she made while living here. We are actually staying in the 'original' part of the house which is self-contained with kitchen, bath, etc. Even though this part of the house is attached to the 'new' part of the house, Bob and Diane consider it their guest house. It is actually Bob's dad's house which Bob remodeled some and made it very comfortable guest quarters. We are on a large lake, and have a great view out the back of the house.
Enough for now. We will be picking up Marcella's sister tomorrow and take her to her house. She and her husband are in assisted living and want to prepare their home for sale. She wants to check on the progress being made.
This has been fun getting here. Now we can relax a little, catch up on our sleep and explore more.
Special note: PJ has not gotten into one fight, I think he is saving up for later down the trail.
p.s. PJ wants everyone to know he is fine!!