Posted March 1st, 2018, 11:55 PM
Sorry - kind of got side tracked.
So, in my family it was myself, DH, Hope - 15, Collin - 13, William - 4 and Justin - 3. This was William and Justin's first
cruise. Then we had Steven, Tia, Shiloh, Jeff, Logan, Donna, Shane, Brandi, Brylee, Ronnie, Lisa, Andrew and Megan.
As I said earlier, our school system completely messed up winter break but we decided to take advantage of it. I worked on
Thursday, came home and packed some last minute items and we loaded up and headed out. Collin was riding down with his
Dad so it was just the 5 of us.
We stopped off in Atlanta to eat dinner with Lindsey (our daughter who attends college in Atlanta) and to visit with her for a little while. Afterwards we were back on the road. I made reservations for us to stay in Valdosta for Thursday night. Glen has some health issues and has trouble riding for long distances so this would help to break up the trip for him and the driving for me. We arrived in Valdosta about midnight or a little later. I had gotten us a room at the Howard Johnson's kind of last minute. It was a decent price and the hotel was ok for 1 night but I wouldn't have wanted to stay longer - no free breakfast either.
You would have thought that since I'd only slept about 4 hours Wednesday night I would have been exhausted but I guess I
was all wired up and couldn't sleep. Seems like it was 2 or 3 before I finally dozed off. We were up again about 7:30 and showered and hit the road again.
We had a planned stop in Ormond Beach, FL just above Daytona for the day on Friday. We own a timeshare there and were
gonna spend the day at our resort and let the kids play on the beach and swim. We got into Ormond about 10:45 and made a pit stop at the Walmart and got some sandwich stuff and headed on to the condo.
It was a gorgeous day and I just put my swimsuit on and sat on the beach while the boys played in the water. I thought the water was cold but it didn't seem to deter the boys. We'd had about a week of rain before we left home so Glen decided he
would take the car and have it washed. We just hung out all afternoon and then headed on to Titusville to spend Friday night.
Now, we normally would have stayed Friday night in Ormond and driven to the port on Saturday morning but when we booked
our cruise it didn't even occur to me that it was Speed Week in Daytona. Rooms were outrageous even with our owner's discount. Luckily I had found this out early and we booked rooms at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn in Titusville for about $55.00 on Priceline. We had 3 rooms there as Ronnie, Lisa, Andrew and Megan had one, Donna, Shane, Brandi and Brylee had one and we had one. Steven and his crew decided they were gonna spend the night in Jacksonville and drive down to Port Canaveral from there on Saturday morning.
We all met up Friday evening and decided to go eat dinner at the restaurant onsite at the Best Western called Durango's Steakhouse. It was good - standard steakhouse type food. The menu resembled Texas Roadhouse or maybe Logan's and the prices were about the same - maybe a tad higher.
Everyone was tired from travelling so we headed back to our rooms to get ready for our big day on Saturday.
I do have a few pictures, but I'm having trouble getting them uploaded and posted here. I'll keep working on it but unfortunately there aren't many pictures that I have to post for this review.
More tomorrow - hopefully!
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