Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Glen Williams to Jacksonville with Despina

6 in the morning on March 11th is...dark! But we were off (with a brief halt at the end of Ron's street for him to join us). The drive unfolds as it should, Ft Erie, Erie, Pittsburgh and Beckley, W VA the first night. Next morning we lose a few hours because the rear right tire on the trailer is toast - but onward and by mid day we are just ahead of a major winter storm coming in from the west - we can see the edge of the cloud cover and the sun beyond! Second night at Walterboro SC - the locals think it is cool but we think this is warm! Real Mexican food dinner and next morning - the final run to FLORIDA!


but we find a must-buy prize...
Silly hats were tested...

and NOT purchased...


Ron handles the run into Florida...
While the passengers act their ages...










The ACBS arranges for us to launch the boat at the Florida Yacht Club on Thursday morning so we have 4 days of boating before the cruise - well not really. Left the boat to soak up on Thursday which is did quite nicely. Then Friday cruised over through downtown JAX to scope out a Saturday lunch outing.

Ron highlighted the St John River course
The lovely Florida Yacht Club...












Saturday we meet up with the Saxe`s from Georgetown and cruise over to Jacksonville for lunch - it is a lovely day and we are impressed by the many bridges over the St John!

Throw off the lines there! Yes Captain!
Beats Ontario boating in March....










Sunday the trucks and trailers head down to Sanford and the club busses us back to Jacksonville for the big party at the Yacht Club...

Guy bids us all welcome
and lets us know where the rocks and gas are...











And this takes us to Maonday morning departure on the St John River Cruise proper...stay tuned.

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