The Ride Home

We ended our journey in the way it began….a visit with our son Drew at Rocky Bayou State Park in the Panhandle.  It was a relaxing visit as we made our last stop before heading home.

WOW….the ride on Interstate 10 showed us just how much damage Hurricane Michael had made while we were gone.


Our last night was spent at the Cracker Barrel outside Lake City, Florida.  A restful night’s sleep and a great breakfast before the final leg our adventure and our return home.

Day 2’s Journey….still in Florida

Floridians often think of Florida’s panhandle as “hurricane alley” and the map certainly confirms why. This southern border along Highway 98 Higgs the coast through towns like Panacea, Carrabelle, Appalachicola, Port St Joe and Mexico Beach. These are predominantly fishing/oystering areas so expect lots of little roadside seafood restaurants and roadside stands. RVers will also find small campgrounds either on the beach or just across 98 which is often only feet away from the Gulf. A much different vibe than the bigger towns of Panama City and Destin. You’ll note we bypassed this coastline in favor of US 20 which took us directly into Niceville and Rocky Bayou State Park which readers of this blog will already know about from past trips.

Day One

We left Sarasota about 9:30 am and headed north intending to stay somewhere between Sarasota and our son’s home in Fort Walton. We got off I75 near Ocala and needed west on 27 then north on 19/98 through horse country.

Karen found an Elks Lodge in Perry which has a beautiful setting with RV sites and we enjoyed a drink and dinner at the lodge.

Tomorrow we’ll hug the coast in 98 through Apalachicola and Panama City, Seaside and Destin to Rocky Bayou State Park in Fort Walton.