Monday, October 10, 2022
We spent a couple of hours at the pool with the rest of the group before dinner. After the majority of the group headed for the beach, Chuck and I ordered a pizza from the resort bar and grill for our dinner.
We got our suitcases repacked and then spent some time on the balcony enjoying the ocean sounds before calling it a night.
I was up at 5:30 and we were on the road by 8:00. We stopped for gas before we left Ft. Walton and were soon on I-10 heading east toward I-75 south to Clearwater.
We stopped for lunch at a Wendy’s in Lake City, Florida. We continued listening to the audio book – Hell & Back by Craig Johnston – as we kept making our way south which helped pass the time.
As we got closer to Tampa, the traffic got much worse plus we were going into the western sun. Miserable. It stayed congested all the way to our destination – Pier House 60 Marina Hotel in Clearwater Beach, arriving at 4:00. 8 hours.
We finally found a parking spot on the fourth floor of the hotel parking garage. The lobby of the hotel was above the garage. We had a standard two queen room with a small refrigerator and microwave. Our balcony overlooked the bay.
We had a towel animal on one of the beds. Another reminder of cruise life.
We let Lisa and Brian know that we had arrived and were ready to relax.