Friday June 4th 2021
Today’s rain and thunderstorms stayed away from my location. There were lots of clouds in the sky to keep the sun from doing its worst, but there was plenty of humidity. The high temperature was in the low to mid eighties.
I was up early to prepare for my short move back into Florida. The humidity made the outside tasks uncomfortable. I was dripping by the time I was ready to travel. It was just before the 11AM checkout when I pulled out of the St. Mary’s KOA. The trick was going to be how to stretch a twenty mile journey into a two hour trip. The official check in time was 1PM and I wasn’t certain how much before that I could get away with arriving.
My first stop along the way was to top off my gas tank. Gas prices in Georgia are twenty cents or more cheaper than the Jacksonville Florida area. There was nobody in line behind me, so I took my time adding the thirty two gallons of gas to fill the tank.
My next stop was six miles down the road at the Florida Welcome Center. It was much more active today, than it was in the middle of last week when I stopped. The inside is much different than it was a few years ago. Businesses are not publishing as many brochures as they used to. They are more focused on an online presence. Only every other slot is filled in the massive brochure display walls and many of those are repeats. Many of the consolidated publications have QR codes to scan with your phone to get directly to the businesses web page. I spent an hour wandering around the Welcome Center and listening to the radio in my RV before continuing on my way.
I arrived at the Pecan Park RV Resort at 12:45 and was able to check in without a problem. The park has expanded since I was last here in the late summer of 2016. I’m in a new area that is very near Interstate 95. The wall that separates the highway from the campground is less than 100 feet from my RV home. I knew it was going to be the case before I booked, so I don’t have any issues. The old area is right under the landing pattern for the Jacksonville International Airport. This section has a little more distance from the planes flight path. The trade off is plane noise or truck noise. It all doesn’t make much difference when all the windows are closed and the AC is on.