We had originally hoped to stay south of Miami so we’d avoid the morning traffic around the city but with our late start yesterday it would have made for too long a day and too late an arrival at a hotel. Therefore, we slept in until about 9 and then jumped on the road. Getting out of the Fairfield Inn parking lot was a challenge. We parked in back where there was a lot of room but no easy way out – Michael had to turn the truck with trailer around. The truck would have been fine but with the trailer attached and not really enough turning room it was a 12-15 point turn. As expected Michael did a great job but it was amazing how little progress he could make in each part of the turn – so times it seemed like no progress to inch the trailer into a position that it could finally turn a bit. I’m SO GLAD I was directing and not driving.
There was a fair amount of traffic but I tried to keep Michael out of the thick of it. This was a little difficult because the road construction changes didn’t match the paper map, which didn’t match the GPS. It continued to rain most of the way to Key West but it was easy driving, no real downpours. This is the first time Michael and I were traveling to the keys so it was exciting to be on the single road that hops from key to key. I was sorry it wasn’t sunny so we could see the beautiful blue waters but overall it was a nice drive.
We decided that we would drive directly to the house and check it so we’d know what we needed to unload from the truck and then we’d head over to U-Haul to see if we could park it overnight. Parking is very tight in “Old Town” but the gods were smiling and there were 2 spaces right in front of our house. We jumped out and started exploring. The house, Namaste, is incredible (see the following post for details) and as a result a lot of the things we hauled down will not be used. We’re used to traveling in the Caribbean where rental houses are lacking a lot of the things that make life easy and nice so we had everything from decent flatware, dish towels, wine glasses to beach towels and a vacuum cleaner to make our visit lovely. Almost everything stayed in storage and we have decided to donate most of it to Charity so we can hopefully rent a trailer for the trip to North Carolina. The house there also look nicely furnished and if we need to buy a couple of things the cost will be offset by not having to rent a truck and trailer to pull the car and having a fair-sized storage space.