The breakfast buffet this morning at the Jacksonville SureStay by Best Western. There was both hot and cold food, not the usual sweet buns, several kinds of juice, and several flavours of yogurt. What a great start to a day. The weather was good for driving. Sunny in the morning and a bit too hot at times but the afternoon clouded over and I had made good time.
As someone who lives quite northerly, it’s easy to forget that some parts of the world have road construction year round, unlike those of us who have a season of construction followed by a season of winter. We had to slow quite a few times for workers although not the stop and go kind of traveling we do on our northern roads.
I realized all of a sudden that I was low on gas so decided I would take the next exit. It didn’t give a distance to the town in question but I didn’t expect to find myself driving through the South Carolina countryside. It was at least 15 minutes before I came to a crossroads with a state highway that would take me back to the main interstate to Charlotte. Sure enough there was a gas station. I swear it used to be owned by Ike Godsey and hadn’t changed a bit since the 20s. There was a diesel pump and an unleaded one. After all the places I’ve stopped where there have been 12 or more pumps and I’ve had to prepay inside, I couldn’t resist telling the girl “I’m at pump #1 and I need $15 worth of gas”. Just picture my car instead of the one there — with only 1 pump, I couldn’t hold things up to take a picture of my own.
My digs for tonight are not bad but not great. It’s clean and comfortable and it’s only for one night. I had dinner at Captain D’s which would not have been my first choice. I was expecting lots of buns and fries and batter but was pleasantly surprised. I had a lovely plate of blackened tilapia on a bed of rice with green beans. It did come with a few French fries and a lovely warm roll. It was just enough with making me feel stuffed.
The plan is to head to Charlottesville, Virginia tomorrow, a fairly easy drive as they’re calling for rain in this area and I want to visit Gettysburg the following day and have time to look around. So for now, it’s Cheers from Charlotte, North Carolina!