Florida road trip – Day 13 (Reflections)

It’s becoming a tradition for us to spend the last day of our road trip at a hotel close to the airport, relaxing and reflecting upon our adventures. What am I talking about? It’s only our SECOND road trip! Anyone would think that we are experts! After completing Route 66 two years ago, we did just that at Los Angeles. It was a perfect end to the holiday and it gave us a warm feeling of achievement and contentment after fulfilling one of our dreams. So we decided to do the same today – or, at least, that was the plan. Miami called us, and on this occasion, we still had the car. Sarah has always wanted to see the Art Deco area of Miami Beach and we’d read that we should visit the Cuban area of the city – known as Little Havana. After rising early to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic from our high-rise apartment, we spent most of the morning relaxing and looking down on the city roads as the day began to unfold.

We then went out in our rental car for one last drive to find these two places. We spent about four hours driving around wondering what there really was to see (including a half hour picnic break on Miami Beach), but didn’t actually find anything really worth getting out of the car for. We had also read that Coconut Grove was a nice place to visit. We took wrong turnings twice and decided to give it a miss. All in all, our trip out was a fruitless one and we returned to our beautiful apartment. In the evening, we had a much more enjoyable walk around the local district, the highlight being Key Biscayne which offered good views of the city skyline.

Feeling a little down because our highly enjoyable and successful road trip was now coming to an end, it was time to look back on the many great (and not so great) things that had happened over the course of the last two weeks. The Kennedy Space Center and our first alligator experience, Universal Studios with the Harry Potter experiences, the worst day of torrential rain culminating in a depressing stay at a smelly motel in what would otherwise be a beautiful Sarasota. Then we fell in love with Naples, followed by our favourite day of all – the drive around Loop Road in the Everglades – photographing all kinds of wildlife. All this sounds enough, but the drive down to Key West and back was a road tripper’s paradise. Key West itself was a wonderful place to visit and Willie T’s restaurant is my favourite place to eat in the whole world – no, they haven’t paid me to say this. Then, our finale – Miami. This is a city which has everything. We are seriously considering one day having a two week holiday here and staying in the same luxury apartment forming a part of the jaw-dropping city skyline.
We will also never forget nearly being struck by lightning at Shark Valley in the Everglades and the vicious (I don’t use this word lightly) mosquito attacks at Flamingo.

For us, it has been another perfect road trip. We plan to do more. I fancy Utah, while Sarah wants to go to San Fransisco. They are only 700 miles apart. I am already salivating at the prospect. Maybe not next year – but who knows.

This is the only blog that I have written a day late. So right now, it’s tomorrow. We have just left the car at the rental drop-off, passed through airport security and are now at departures, just three hours from our return flight. Sarah has fallen asleep on my shoulder and I am typing one-fingered. We have enjoyed our road trip more than I can express in these blogs. I hope that anyone reading along with us has enjoyed being a part of the ride. This is not the end.

We’ll be back!
If you really have enjoyed our road trip, please go to our website and download our e-book or order our paperback, I’M NEVER ILL (A journey through brain surgery and beyond…), or order from our website http://www.markdpritchard.co.uk . We have so many experiences to share and, to be totally honest, the more books we sell, the more road trips we’ll be able to afford to do in the future.

Thank you.

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