Driveabout: Day 1
So I've been back from Fall Tour for a few days and, after 21,000 miles of driving back and forth across the country, I'm headed back out again; this time with Jae as we embark on our Cemetaries and Diners Tour for 21 days. I was surprised when she suggested the idea of renting an RV (giving Rita a rest) and heading out for a little aimless joydriving. Some people take off for a spell and call it "walkabout." I'm calling this trip a "driveabout."
We picked up our chariot; a 2016 Coachmen Leprechaun Class C motorhome. 30 feet long (9 feet longer than Rita) with two slide-outs. After loading up our gear, we headed for A1A, the famous Florida east-coast highway, and turned the hood north. That's pretty much how the tour will go. We'll wake up each day, decide which direction we're headed, and then follow through, stopping or diverting whenever the mood strikes. It's a remarkably freeing way to travel and I tend to go that way when I don't have any gigs on the immediate horizon.
We drove for awhile in the darkness after a late start and ended up at Maria Bonita Mexican restaurant in South Daytona Beach before camping for the night at Daytona RV Resort. Getting used to the rig has been very interesting (ZERO turn radius) and a lot of fun thinking about some of the stuff we'll be doing. Jae's thrilled and I'm stoked to be here with her, finally, after five months of doing my own thing on the road. To be making the journey together is so much propositional fun and we're off to a great start!