October 3, 2018 Starke, FL to Palmetto, FL

Bob got up at 5:30 thinking his watch said 6:30.  I got up at 6:30 in anticipation of going home today. We wanted to take some time to pack up and clean the trailer before getting on the road today. We had breakfast and began our thorough cleaning of the trailer.  I had packed up a few non-essential items last night and did a little bit of cleaning in the kitchen before going to bed.  The camper was really dusty and we know from past experience that mold and mildew grow on dust, so Bob helped me wipe down the whole trailer.  We packed up as much as we cold with the empty bags that I had available and the rest would have to wait until we got home.  It was already  75 degrees with 90% humidity this morning and would only get hotter.  We left the campground a little before 9:00 and stopped a few blocks down the road for gas.  We had 197 miles to go today to get home.  We took Highway 301 to I-75.  Traffic was very light on 301, but busier on I-75.
The drive was uneventful and we arrived at home with the trailer at 1:30 to unload.  
While we unloaded the trailer, Auggie was already on the hunt for geckos and re-establishing his territory in the backyard.  Auggie has returned!  Once the trailer was unloaded, we drove the few miles to the storage facility just on the outskirts of town.  We put the trailer into its storage bay and were on our way back to the house.
Once we got home, we had to unload the truck and get the house opened up.  I started the wash and began to put everything in its place.  By 4:00, we were pretty much done for the day.  The rest would have to wait until tomorrow.  We had supper and Auggie got his walk in the neighborhood.  He was so excited!  We are happy to be home and can look back on our trip with lasting and fond memories.  Here is a synopsis from our trip:
  1. We had terrific weather with only 3 or 4 days of rain.  
  2. We enjoyed visiting family and friends in Wisconsin and New Hampshire.
  3. We had no mechanical problems and other than having to replace the shade, a computer glitch, and losing the keys we had no major issues.
  4. We stayed healthy and got to see some amazing things.
  5. We saw many waterfalls, covered bridges, lighthouses, and some amazing scenery.  
  6. We rode our bikes and did some hiking.
  7. We had no close-calls and few traffic slow-downs.
  8. The highest gas price we paid was $2.99/gal. in NY and the lowest price we paid was $2.49/gal. in Rhode Island.    
  9. We traveled 7,049.1 miles on this trip and Bob drove them all.
  10. We drove a total of 186 hours and 35 minutes in the truck.
  11. We spent $144.17 in tolls.  The I-Pass was invaluable.
  12. We traveled through 24 states and the District of Columbia.
  13. We were on vacation for 67 days.
We had an amazing time and created some lasting memories. We feel so fortunate to be able to travel like we do and see this beautiful country.  We are sad that this wonderful adventure has come to an end. We hope that you’ve enjoyed traveling along with us.  Thank you for your comments along the way.  We sure have lots of good memories to keep us going until our next adventure. Till then…..  Happy trails!  

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