Date: 6/25/03 9:16:43 PM !!!First Boot!!!
I had a great time while I was in Orlando. I spent 2 days at Disney World, one day at Epcot and one day at Animal Kingdom. Two women from the Methodist Church went with me. Martha took me to Epcot, and her daughter Susan took me to Animal Kingdom. It was really neat going with them, because they've both been there a hundred times, and they knew all the ins and outs and where to eat and what to see and which ride to go on first, and all I had to do was follow them! Otherwise, if I'd've gone there by myself, I'd've spent most of my time looking at the brochure and trying to figure out where I was! They were great company and especially fun to be with.
Susan and I took a water ride at Animal Kingdom twice, and the second time I really got drenched! It was a hot day though, so the water felt good. I especially enjoyed seeing all the different countries at Epcot. I thought it was pretty cool riding the monorail, too.
While in Orlando, I was able to give a talk at a Lions meeting, and also give a talk at the Methodis Church I was staying at. All in all, I had a great time in Orlando.
From there I headed east on Hwy 50 through a tiny town called Christmas and on into Titusville. I really wanted to see the Kennedy Space Center there, but it was located about 15 miles away and I couldn't figure out how to get to it. So I headed north on Hwy 1 and stopped in Scottsmoor, Edgewater, and then on to Daytona Beach.
I was at Daytona Beach on saturday, and I was heading east looking for Hwy A1A which runs right alongside the ocean. First I had to cross a big bridge over the Intercoastal Waterway to get out to A1A, and after I crossed the bridge, I asked a lady who was out getting her morning walk in if I was anywhere near Hwy A1A. She said yes, that it was the next light up. We visited for awhile, and I gave her my brochure. I found the road I was looking for and headed north.
There are many motels all along this stretch, and I was knocking on the door of every one of them asking if I could stay for a cheap price. But the fact is I had 3 strikes against me: this is Daytona Beach, it's summertime, and it's oceanfront property. None of the motels would budge from their high prices. So I continued on. A few hours later, I saw the same lady I had visited with earlier walking toward me. She had a big smile on her face and told me that she had made reservations at a motel 2 miles down the road for me and that she was going to haul my cart there! I was shocked! She was so nice!! I couldn't believe this was happening. We loaded my cart up and she hauled me to the motel and put me in Rm 700! Then she hauled me back to my point and I was able to walk the last few miles down on the beach -- barefooted, and wading in the ocean.
Walking along Daytona Beach was fantastic. There were SO MANY people out on the beach, and cars driving on the sand! There were hot dog stands, ice-cream trucks driving by, jet skis for rent, and people people everywhere! It was great! I've never seen vehicles driving on the beach like that before. It was really awesome. I had a great day and slept like a dream that night. But I was especially amazed at what Pam did for me that day. Bless her heart. I learned awhile ago that the days that are the least planned usually contain the most suprises, and that one proved to be right.
Take care and have a great day! KB
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