We had a totally uneventful drive from Katy through Houston, east Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, finally stopping for the night in Pensacola FL. I think our sightseeing eyes were just about worn out, so we didn’t stop anywhere along the way except for food, gas, and necessities.
Before we left Pensacola, Susan mentioned that although she had grown up in Florida, she had never been to the beaches in the Panhandle. We decided to take the “beach route” home and drove along the Gulf Coast, making several stops to admire the white sand and the blue-green Gulf of Mexico waters. We had a leisurely lunch in Port St. Joe, and at some point left the Gulf coast and headed across central Florida toward home. After stopping for dinner in Ocala, we made it home around 9:30 p.m., meaning we had taken 11 hours to drive from Pensacola to Port Orange. Interstates 10 and 95 would have been faster, but we wouldn’t have enjoyed it quite as much.
It took a few days to put Road Trip 2011 behind and adjust to the routines of daily life, but we’ll have these great memories for years to come.