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Thursday, May 29, 2014

From Ocala to Kissimmee Via Orlando Driving on the Turnpike

Aloha Everyone,

This morning we slept in until 7:30 A.M. This is highly unusual for us, as we normally go to bed quite early and wake up early. Of course the fact that the sun shining brightly until 8:00 P.M. probably has something to do with this. We were greeted by birds chirping and squirrels playing tag just outside of our RV home.

The Florida Turnpike, also known as the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, was originally known as the Sunshine State Parkway. It is a North-South toll road that runs approximately 313 miles through several counties. We unintentionally found ourselves driving on the turnpike to Orlando on I-5. There were two separate toll sections and we paid a total of $5.75 for today. On the map, they are indicated in green:

Approach to a toll booth.

We saw a number of these billboards along the toll road.

The weather was beautiful and, in our air conditioned RV home, the drive was very pleasant.

I met Milo, Kara and Jaqueline when I entered a tourist information center to ask about nearby RV parks. They work for an entity called "", which offers assistance to tourists. We really appreciated them going out of their way to be helpful, and as a thank you, we shared some of our fresh peaches from Georgia.

Today's lunch stop was at the Olive Garden in Kissimmee.

J.J. and I enjoyed their salad, soup and bread sticks special.

I had minestrone soup and JJ chose spicy sausage.creamy soup called "Toscana". It's supposed to be "all you can eat " but we couldn't even finish our first servings. The total cost for our lunch inclusive of taxes and tip was $18.

The first time I saw the name Kissimmee on a freeway information sign, I was intrigued. So when we discovered that there were actually 3 RV parks in this city, our decision to spend a night was swift. Located in Osceola county, the eye catching name came from Cacena, a Native American name which means "Long Water."

Our Honu is settled under matured trees with Spanish Moss "Pele's Hair" hanging from branches.

We also have our own private picnic table.

And yes, residents must follow the traffic rules.

Aloha -- Cathi