Monday, October 12, 2009

Sarasota Trip, Day 1

Thursday, October 8, 2009 -- Off we go.

Took the cats, there are two of them -- Susie and Maggie, to the pet hotel around 9:00 AM and went back home to finish packing.

We left Pensacola a little after 10:00. The weather was hot, in the high 80s (31C), and partly sunny/partly cloudy all the way. Very humid. It's strange weather for this time of year but at least there are no hurricanes or even tropical storms.

Historic Downtown Chipley, FloridaWe stopped in Chipley for lunch at Gary's Flaming Grill. We always eat at Gary's when we are in Chipley. It's good, simple and fast -- real Southern cooking. The sweet potato fries are worth a trip. Chipley is home as well to Skins & Bubbas BBQ and The Giggling Shrimp Oyster Bar & Seaford [sic]. And as good as they sound we always end up at Gary's.

Florida Gators logoAt 5:30 PM we arrived at the Holiday Inn Express in Gainesville. We've stayed there before. Gainesville is home to the University of Florida and the Gators.

Total driving distance, including brief side trips for lunch and rest stops, was 338 miles (544 km).

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store logoWhenever we stay at this hotel we eat at the adjacent Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

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