Snow expected in Birmingham so we left about 11:00 am for the south. Spent the night at the Eastbank COE in Bainbridge, Ga. Pull through site 51. With the Golden Age card this CG cost us $11. Rained hard this evening and the front window leaked heavily into the camper. We used available towels to catch the water but could not stop it. Jeanne contacted Tim Heintz about an emergency stop the next day and Tim agreed to repair the leak.
February 26, 2015 – Thursday
We canceled our reservation at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, FL. The cancellation cost us $17 of the $22 reservation fee. We were only 2 hours from Tim’s. It was the best time for emergency service since their schedule was a little freer. We toured his shop and looked at several vintage campers at various stages of renovation. Time took out the entire window and frame and resealed everything. Also sealed the door. Replaced the old safety chain with two new ones and repaired the electrical cord that had dragged on the roadway while traveling. This evening we stayed at Country Inn and Suites about 2 miles away based on Tim’s recommendation for $75.
February 27, 2015 – Friday
Glenn and Judy were getting ready to return to Jekyll Island and didn’t have time for a visit on Sunday. Herb and Nancy were sick and didn’t want us to visit. We canceled our 2-day reservation at Traveler Rest-RV Resort and Golf Course at 29129 Johnston Road, Dade City, Florida 33523 (352) 588-2013. This CG was the closest we could find to Herb and Nancy. Cancellation cost us one night fee of $35.
Tim had sprayed water on the front window and there were no leaks. Total cost for the repair was $403. We hooked up Belle and headed to Leesburg where we stayed at Ridgecrest Mobile Home and RV Park, 26125 South Highway 27, Leesburg, FL 34748. (866) 787-1504. 134 miles, 2 hours away. No Confirmation #. $26.10.
February 28, 2015 – Saturday
Headed to the Yalaha Bakery at 8210 County Road 48, Yalaha, Florida 34797 (352) 324-3366 about 10 am. Although a little damp and chilly, we had a great time. 17 showed up and everyone loved Belle-Rose. We gave a few tours and a lot of pictures were taken. Brunch/lunch consisted of sausage, sauerkraut, potatoes and roll. Bought lots of sweets for the road.
We left the Bakery in hopes of finding a campground. However, there was a fatal accident on I-75 and we were tied up in bumper to bumper traffic for hours. We had been in contact with an attendant at Payne’s Prairie State Park. Although she didn’t have any open sites she did promise overflow parking for one night. When we arrived she was still in the office and allowed us to park without charge. The weather was comfortable. Jeanne awakened very sick and about 4 am we were driving around the campground looking for a bathroom. Apparently some sort of flu.
March 1, 2015 – Sunday
We got open site 41 today for $19.98. The weather was nice. Jeanne stayed in bed all day. She was knocked out. At Jeanne’s request I headed to a local Publix for Chicken noodle soup. Bought the wrong kind. Ugh!
March 2/3, 2015 – Monday/Tuesday
Instead of going home we returned to St. Andrew’s State Park in Panama City and arrived late at 5:15 pm. We were in site 140 at $31.22. Renewed the reservation for Tuesday night. Ate lunch at J. Michaels on Tuesday. Jeanne still not completely recovered. Many people stopped by to visit Belle. We spent Tuesday evening sharing wine and nuts with acquaintances from Ontario that we had met during our earlier visit to St. Andrew’s. We talked about potentially getting together in Ontario and touched on the idea of traveling to Europe with their friend as tourist guide. We’ll see. Met two others with vintage campers. A 1986 Big Foot and a 1976 little green camper whose manufacturer we don’t remember. Both were owned by couples from Ontario.
March 4, 2015 – Wednesday
Headed home from Panama City. The Garmin took us on back roads until we reached Route 231 at Troy, Al. Long travel day. Stopped at Sikes and Kohn and Jeanne bought some great cowgirl boots and a purse.