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  • Day5

    Wednesday, April 11

    April 11 in the United States

    Up early today! The weather is cool, sunny and breezy! We have breakfast, bike to the beach for a walk, and bike back to the campsite around 11:00. We are on the road to meet Keith and Luce for lunch by 11:30.

    We take the A1A north. It is a beautiful drive, busy at this end, but then the road opens up and follows the coast through Pointe Vedra, past Sawgrass Golf Course and into Saint Augustine. There are some beautiful homes along this route. I admire especially the gardens and the old twisted live oaks that stretch out over the road. There are also beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.

    We arrive early at Aunt Kate's, so we walk to the end of the pier and talk to a fisherman there. This restaurant is on the Intercostal Waterway. It is sheltered from the wind here, and the sun is warm. Finally. . .warmth!

    Keith and Luce arrive around 1:00. We have a long leisurely lunch and catch up on the news. It's great to see them!

    We say good-bye around 3:00, and return to Hanna Park. More bike riding and beach walking! Can't get enough of it!
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  • Day12

    Wednesday, April 18

    April 18 in the United States

    Another clear sunny day!

    We organize ourselves to move back to Site 64 today. It is our last day in Florida!☹️

    We have a 12:30 starting time at Augustine Shores Golf Course, about 5 miles south of here, for 9 holes. We arrive early, hit a few balls, and then tee off. The tees and greens on this course are quite green, but the fairways are brown and dry and hard. They are also narrow and surrounded by lots of water. Houses and condos border almost every hole. It is a short course, which is good for me! People here are very polite and friendly.

    $47.50 US for 2 people and a cart. Not bad, but we weren't keen on the course, so probably won't return.

    On the way back, we stop at the shopping center. Tony drops me off at Bealls, and he goes grocery shopping at Publix. I didn't buy much at Bealls this year. Not enough time to really get into shopping!

    We go out for dinner at Redfrog and McToad. Tony has bangers and mash, which he loves, and I have fish and chips. No cooking or clean up tonight! Yeah!

    We see on the news that the rocket launch is tonight, so we rush back to the beach for 6;52, and there it is! The plume of smoke off to the south. We take a short walk on the beach, but it's chilly so we return to the site to prepare for our trip tomorrow to Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina.

    Time to read , relax, and rest up for tomorrow. Still rereading Icy Sparks.
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  • Day9

    Sunday, April 15

    April 15 in the United States

    A hot and humid day! After breakfast, we bike up the road and take a path through the trees to find ourselves at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre right next door! The Beach Boys are playing here tonight! If thunderstorms were not in the forecast, we would try to get tickets. Maybe next time!

    We bike north on the A1A and tour some of the neighbourhoods. Some nice houses, some seem a bit neglected. There is a beautiful Baptist Church on our route, and the parking lots surrounding it are full. A good turn out!

    We bike back, have lunch, then go shopping. The air is thick and the clouds are rolling in. While we are inside, we hear thunder and the rain comes down hard for about an hour. After shopping, we have dinner at Back Molly. It is very much like Red Lobster. Not sure we will go there again.

    It rains off and on for most of the evening. We can hear The Beach Boys Concert. We read, and work on our computers until bed time. A quiet evening.
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  • Day10

    Monday, April 16

    April 16 in the United States

    We moved to a new site today, #56. It's okay, but I prefer 64.

    A very cool day today, but sunny, clear and dry. 8 degrees F this morning!

    2 things on the agenda today. Wash the outside of the Rialta and go to a driving range. We can't find a car wash, so we end up driving to Palm Harbour, about 20 miles away, to hit balls. It's a nice day for a drive! I hit a few good ones! And a few awful ones! Tony was hitting well, in spite of his sore hand. ( a leftover injury from curling!)

    Palm Harbour Golf Course has a driving range, a pitching practice area, and a putting green. It seems decent. We hope to get back there next year.

    We return to the campsite, have dinner (leftover Black Molly fish!), walk the beach, then read and do computer stuff!

    I finish up my Tiger Woods book, which I have enjoyed. Reading this book has given me a new a appreciation for what elite athletes endure to be the athletes that they are, and how this impacts their personal growth and development. Not to mention the physical pain and injuries they suffer. Not an easy life!
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  • Day12

    Tuesday, April 17

    April 18 in the United States

    Another beautiful day, very cool in the morning, but warms up nicely as the day goes on.

    We shop at Belks for a couple of hours. We have lunch, and then wash the camper at Davis Shores Car Wash less than 2 miles from the campground! How did we miss this yesterday? It has everything we need; a change machine, soap and water!

    We return to the campground, wax the Rialta, and wash the windows. I do 4 loads of laundry at the machine here in the loop. $1.50 per load for the washer and the dryer. They are clean and work well.

    We have dinner and rush to the beach because we've heard there is a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral and we will be able to see the plume of smoke as it lifts off. 6:32. We walk and watch, but nothing. Must have the wrong night!

    We return to the camper, finish up the dishes, put away all the laundry, and then relax. Lots of housekeeping today!

    I read a book sample I have downloaded called The Forgotten Kennedy, the story of the eldest Kennedy daughter, Rosemary. I don't find it particularly interesting, so delete! I start rereading a book I have on my iPad called Icy Sparks. It is set in Kentucky, and is the story of a girl with Tourette's. Well written and enjoyable.
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  • Day3

    Premium Outlets - Shoe shopping

    October 4, 2016 in the United States

    Anyone who has ever shoe shopped with me will know, its no fun to try and find a size 15.

    But in the US size 15s are as readily available as a size 9 in SA. Naturally I have always said I am going to buy a bunch of shoes in the US on the way back to SA and mail them to myself.

    I just had the most fun ever trying to buy as many shoes as i can fit into a 10x10x15" box. In fact I was spoilt with choice.
    #LoveShoeShoppingintheUS

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day1

    St. Augustine

    October 2, 2016 in the United States

    It was a much needed lazy Sunday.Every busy body needs a break especially after packing up your house selling your belongings and saying goodbye to friends.

    Had coffee on the verandah and Hardus spoiled us with a delicious typical American breakfast with waffles and the full shebang.

    We joined them for Church this morning. The theme of the service was about friendship and people you surround you with.
    "Do not be deceived, bad company corrupts good morals"
    Realized again how lucky we are with wonderful grounded people in our lives.

    After church I was delighted to hear Willem, their 3 year old naps between 12 and 2. Needless to say I felt recharged after a greedy 2.5 hour nap.

    We had a chilled afternoon, hanged out with the Oberholzer's and was really entertained by Willem's witty comments and time out. Later Dolf and I went to Crescent beach for a nice walk. Really surprised by the beauty. The sand felt so fine and not clingy and lots of seagulls hanging about. Roedolf was happy to rinse his feet at the shower next to the boardwalk. We were spoiled with a beautiful Florida sunset driving back over the Mantanza river.

    {Issy}
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  • Day2

    Golf on the King and bear golf course

    October 3, 2016 in the United States

    What a pleasure, no a privilege to play on one of the World Golf Hall of Fame courses and that with a good friend like Hardus Oberholzer.
    The King & Bear course was designed by "the King" Arnold Palmer and "the Bear" Jack Nicklaus.
    Beautiful parklands course with lost's of water hazards and trees everywhere.
    Hardus was up by 3 shots in the end, was not the best round of golf either of us have played but so enjoyable!
    Fitting to play this course 9 days after the great Arnold Palmer passed away. #tributetopalmer

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day2

    Simple things, r the best!

    October 3, 2016 in the United States

    Monday's with good coffee &good company are just bliss.

    "A burger is not a burger is not a burger- Hardus" We had fabulous caramelized onion, Angus beef burger with rosemary and garlic fries at this authentic food-truck, it was all prepared from scratch- totally worth the wait! In the USA you can't go wrong with a burger. It was typical oversized American style, luckily we had the foresight to share.

    -{Issy}
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  • Day3

    St. Augustine Beach

    October 4, 2016 in the United States

    St. Augustine claims to be the oldest city in US, known for Spanish Architecture and some beaches.

    I went for my usual Tuesday 6miler today, started 9.45am; it's a tad more leisurely than 6am. Missed my Weekender company though. The rest went to lift. I ran on the beach for a bit but it was high tide so moved onto the main beach road. I dIscovered a park with a long boardwalk that leads to the ocean. Ran over some crosse swamp &spotted a random Bermuda sign.

    {Issy}
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Saint Johns County, Comté de Saint Johns

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