Monday, November 21, 2011

Callahan To Lakeland and Orlando Traffic

Lakeland, FL.

64 deg. overcast, no wind.

Forecast = Partly sunny. Patchy fog early in the morning. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Being that the only place we were going to was the parking lot at Creative Coach in Lakeland, there didn't seem to be much of a reason to hurry, so it was about 10:10 when we pulled out of my site at Kelly's Countryside RV Park just North of Callahan.

From Callahan, we headed South on US 301 / US 1 and then US 1 to I-295, which runs around to the West of Jacksonville. Once South of the city, 295 re-connected back up with I-95, which we took down to Daytona. There, we turned SW on I-4 and brought it down through Orlando and here to Lakeland.

It was 1:45 when we pulled into the parking lot here at Creative Coach, so it took us 3 hours and 35 minutes to travel 211 miles. Not too bad considering that at times the traffic was very heavy.

One of those times was when we were going through Orlando.

Now, I don't know how many of you watch NASCAR racing, but the situation in Orlando reminded me of what it's like in a race right after a caution flag with only 10 laps to go. The green flag has just come out, there are 3 rows of vehicles running bumper to bumper and door to door. Everyone in jockeying for position, changing lanes with the hopes to pass the vehicle in front of them. Watching the race, you just know that someone is going to make a mistake and bump someone else, which will cause a big accident!!!

Well, that's the way it was coming through Orlando. You just knew that there were too many cars, too close together, someone was going to try to fit their car into a space that wasn't big enough and there was going to be a big accident!!

Well, we made it, there wasn't an accident as we came through, but there sure were some close calls!!! : O  Now, I know why Jim avoids Orlando when ever he can.

I hope the mechanic here can start work on me right away this morning. That way, we may be able to get to Laura's before Thanksgiving. We'll have to see though. there's lots of RV here needing work and I'll have to wait my turn.

Did you know that in 1942 the Alaska highway across Canada was formally opened?

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately that great description of the terrible traffic applies to several places. Hope the repairs are painless and you can have a good holiday.


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