Preface - On March 11 the Tucson, Arizona Life on Wheels Conference begins, and Linda is scheduled as one of the workshop presenters. When we began making plans for the trip we decided not to take our RV, but to drive a car instead. Eddie wanted to do as much biking as possible, following the Adventure Cycling route across the southern United States, with Linda driving the "support van."
For the trip we bought a used GMC Savana van from someone we knew. Unfortunately, it has turned out not to have been a good idea. We had trouble from the time we took possession of the van, and had to delay the trip while the local GMC dealer waited for parts.
We left Travelers Rest Resort in Dade City, Florida, on Friday morning at about 7:30 A.M. We drove through rain on I-10 outside of Tallahassee, and after the skies cleared we stopped for gas and saw our first "exotic" sight of the trip in a pen next to the gas station.