It takes more than a day to see the main attractions at KSC. The complex is huge. Some of the sights you’ll visit, like the launch pads, are a 35 minute bus ride from the main visitor complex.
Walt Disney World
I’ve been to Disneyland, but this is my first time at Disney World. All I knew was that it was bigger than Disneyland.
Bigger is an understatement. Disney World covers 43 square miles – twice the size of Manhattan. I stayed at a campground onsite, Fort Wilderness, which, despite being on site was still a 20 minute bus ride on Disney freeways to the theme parks like Epcot or Disney Hollywood Studios.
After 10 weeks of trying, I’ve been unable to get the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to grant me an out of state exemption from emissions testing so that I can renew the registration on Roamward Bound. Now my registration isn’t just late, it’s suspended. No problem, it’s only 2000 miles, $800 or so in diesel and Arizona will be able to test that I’m not generating pollution in metro Phoenix.
In any case I’m heading west. At a stop outside Pensacola there was a bit of rain …
I spent a couple of weeks in Cedar Key, a very small, sleepy town with one gas station, a small market and three gun shops. The gun shops are important – there’s a big feral pig problem in the area. I dodged one on the road, and waited out a half dozen people with shotguns in quads chasing what had to be 50-100 pigs across a county road.
Next up, Lake Panasoffkee, another low key small town with a nice lake. They had air boat rides on the lake – a blast.
On March 1st I headed to Tampa to spend a ridiculous amount of money to have routine maintenance on the motor home.
I was going to head to Daytona for bike week, but it’s nothing like Arizona Bike Week. No real entertainment, not even a real location.
St. Andrews State Park at Panama City Beach was a great stop, not the season for the beach, but a beautiful setting and great riding weather.
I left PCB with flakes of snow blowing around just before dawn on January 28th. Snow in Panama City? Yep, and the police were out in force ready to close the bridges if they started to ice. I was still on the road, heading south to Cedar Key, when the news started reporting what came to be called the Atlanta Snowpocalypse.
Glad this was the one pic of twenty that came out good today. Not a day to have soup.
I seem to have made an 1800+ mile tactical error. The registration for Roamward Bound is up in January and an emissions test is required. The closest station seems to be about a nine day drive and $700 in fuel away.
Meanwhile, when I returned from the beach I found a park ranger warning on the door for dog noise (dogs are not allowed on the beach). I could say the neighbors were cranky, but actually I could here her a 100 yards away.
I’ll be spending a few weeks on Florida’s Emerald coast, starting in Grayton Beach, a small, quirky, beach community between Panama City and Destin. It’s nice to thaw out and sleep with the windows open and the sound of the ocean again.
After two great weeks in New Orleans it was time to leave the bayou.
Shortly after crossing Lake Pontchartrain is the Mississippi border and I stopped at the welcome center rest area to find …
Then I stopped at a little town in Florida, Bonifay, where it rained for 40 7 days and 40 7 nights, flooding the nearby Choctawhatchee River. Finally it’s time to move on to Ozark, Alabama and pick up my new motorcycle trailer.
Yes, this is my 3rd trailer in just over a year. If this doesn’t work out I’m putting training wheels on the bike and towing it with a nylon strap.
This one is a Baxley trailer which has a pretty unique loading mechanism. So far, so good. I’m hanging here another few days to sell the old trailer on eBay where the bidding is way higher than I expected and there’s still a few hours left in the auction. Then I’ll be heading to sunnyrainy better be sunny Florida for a little time at the beach.