(FL, AL, MS, LA, TX)
My time in Florida accomplished most of what I intended. However, I found it was too humid, too hot, too many people, too much traffic, more costly than I like. And, I was getting itchy feet. Despite my initial idea of spending the winter in Florida, I decided to move on.
The southwest was calling me; and, I wanted to be there for the end of year holidays. That meant a quick trip across the Gulf states, rather than meandering as I normally would. Taking US-98, I-10, and US-90 was the most direct route.
Stops were only made to get gas, to eat, and to overnight. Food and gas occurred in Miramar Beach FL, Theodore AL, Vidor TX, Seguin TX, Del Rio TX, Sanderson TX and Van Horn TX. Overnights were taken at Grayton Beach State Park in the Florida panhandle, a Texas Safety Stop near Hankamer, and at the Marfa Lights observation area in west Texas.
Consideration was given to drive through the Louisiana bayous, or to visit a couple of places in Texas. But, since it rained almost the whole time, I wouldn’t have done much exploring anyway. Instead, I continued driving and arrived in New Mexico in only four days.
Note: See the Maps section Fall 2016