Day 110 - A Battering From Hanna

Trip Start May 19, 2008
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Trip End Nov 08, 2008


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Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area, Flagler Beach, Florida

Flag of United States  , Florida
Friday, September 5, 2008

As forecast, we woke to grey skies and high winds caused by tropical storm Hanna as it headed north about 100 miles out to sea. Given the lack of biting things at this site, we've decided to stay on for a few more nights so we needed to go out and get some food for the next few days. After stopping by the ranger station to pay for our pitch we headed the few miles north up to the town of Flagler Beach. By now the rain had begun too and was fairly heavy. The ranger had given us directions to Wal-Mart in the town of Palm Coast about 15 miles north of the site, which involved crossing the bridge over the intracoastal waterway and then taking the I-95 north for about 10 miles. As soon as we began to cross the bridge it became apparent just how strong the wind was and put us right off the idea of taking the freeway. So we held our breath and clenched our buttocks and went back over the bridge, then took the coast road up to Palm Coast, which despite the name, is actually about 3 miles inland.

Although only a few miles away from the coast, the wind was much weaker here but the rain was pretty torrential. In our bid to find Wal-Mart we inadvertently came across the library and a laundrette, so first we used the library to access the internet and then we spent about an hour and a half doing our mountain of laundry before finally doing our shopping.

If you're ever in Palm Coast and want to get onto the coast road, don't take the toll bridge. It's an absolute rip-off. It can only be 500 yards long but the minimum charge is $2! And the attendant was rude and obnoxious! What good value the Sunshine Skyway Bridge was further south!

As we drove back into Flagler beach late afternoon, it was obvious that they had had a serious amount of rain. There were huge puddles of water everywhere. Although the rain had stopped and the wind had subsided to a strong breeze the sky was still very grey, but it didn't stop the dozens of surfers who had come out to catch the big waves kicked up by the storm. We parked up and joined the others that were watching from just behind the beach, except they didn't have a nice hot brew and sticky donuts!

The best time of the day was just around sunset when the clouds had all more or less blown away and we actually saw the sun. It was a really pleasant evening and the sunset was beautiful. We think tomorrow is going to be a lovely day.

Miles travelled: 40

Total miles travelled: 10910

Days on road: 90

States visited: 18

National Parks visited: 11
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