01/31/19 Englewood-Palmdale, FL.

DAY #103

Got up early to get ready to head out to the next stop on the journey. Actually, I was awakened by a Ranger knocking on the door wanting to know how I liked the site and I think, to remind me that I was scheduled to leave today. Since I was awake, I dragged my lazy butt up and got underway.

Goodbye Myakka State Forest.

The trip to the next site was a short one (I like it that way). It was only 71 miles, or about 1 1/2 hour of drive time to Fisheating Creek Campground, located just south of Palmdale, FL.

I took the long way to the campground. Instead of getting on I-75, I stayed on U.S. 41, also known as Tamiami Trail. At one time, it was the main route between Tampa and Miami. Today, it’s one never ending commercial corridor. Lots of stop and go, and the stoplights, don’t get me started. In hindsight, Maybe I should have taken the freeway, but I do like to see the sights of the area, be they what they are.

There were a couple of things that stood out for me along the drive. The first was crossing the water in Port Charlotte. Being able to see the harbor from above really heightened the view, giving it a panoramic effect. I was surprised at the number of boats on the water, seems like one really popular area. The next thing that caught my attention was the solitude experienced on the road once out of Punta Gorda. Gone were the strip malls and deed restricted communities. Gone were the stoplights and for the most part, the traffic (except the semis). What remained, was miles and miles of pastures, fields, and scrub land. Not a gas station, restaurant, and few houses along the way.

Made it to Fisheating Creek Campground. I checked in with no hassles, and off to the site I went.

Hello Fisheating Creek.

I think I got one of the better sites, while they’re all pretty level and seem easy to get into, they are close together.

The site I have has more room than most, and was easy to back into. I hooked up the electric and water along with the water heater (everything working), and sat back thinking, this is nice. One thing I did after getting set up, was to take a shower. It had been too long and yea, it felt good!

The campground was pretty full.

Settle on down partner, were home for the next ten days.

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