Daytona Speedway & St Augustine

Trip Start Mar 10, 2013
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Trip End Jun 09, 2013


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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Didn't have far to go to the Speedway as we stayed across the road so were there bright & early, before they even opened so had a walk around outside. The "all access" tour that we did was only $23.00 but with a discount voucher ( they are big over here) we got $5.00 each off, the tour went for a little over 90 mins so was good value. We drove around the track & stopped at the start/finish line, the track here is only 12%252525252525 grade but it was amazing how steep it was to walk up, other sections are 31%252525252525.You can rent a RV site during the Daytona 500 in the infield area, with full hookups for 9 days for $2,700.00. That includes tickets & everything. Also on the tour were the drivers meeting room, tech inspection, victory lane, Nascar Sprint Cup series garages, the press box & the winners podium. Considering we didn't even have it on our bucket list of things to see & do over here it was excellent & well worth seeing. We were just going to have a look at the outside but it fitted in with having to have the tyre changed & being across the road & the times.

From there we continued up the coast road to St Augustine, the oldest permanent European settlement in the continental US, having been founded in 1565. The Castillo de San Marcos was finished in 1695, having been built by the Spanish as a military base. It protected St Augustine from pirate raids & also from Great Britain. It was originally built as a refuge for the townspeople & as a military warehouse. In 1702, the city was attacked by the English? & about 1,500 soldiers & civilians were packed into the Castillo for 51 days. The gun deck & surrounding wall had over 70 cannons of different sizes, the largest of which had a range of 3.5 miles.

As you can imagine, there were many beautiful old buildings in the town, we walked around & had a good look. Again, this wasn't on our bucket list but has probably been one of the most interesting places we have seen this trip. Not long after arriving in the US a lady bailed me up in the carpark at Walmart one day, she had seen me coming from the RV & wanted to chat. She mentioned this town in Florida that was the oldest in the US but couldn't remember it's name, said it was well worth visiting. Then JoAnn said to us about it & told us the name. Extremely interesting & lovely buildings.

As we walked back to the RV it started raining & has been our first rain for the trip.
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lynn and ron on

Sounds like ur having a great time. Looks interesting.

Marilyn on

Sounds like you're having an amazing time, take care and enjoy the rest of your trip, xx

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