02.04.2011 - 02.04.2011 25 °C
The Express Departure set up by Celebrity was like clockwork. By 7:00 am we had disembarked, grabbed a cab back to our hotel and had repacked the car and headed north towards home. As has been the case virtually every day for the past three and a half weeks the morning started off flawlessly with a lovely cloudless sky and comfortable temperatures in the low 20s. We rapidly cleared the chaos of Miami traffic and sped north past Fort Lauderdale, Pompano & Palm Beaches and onward towards Daytona Beach.
Our goal today is to head north and get as far along our homeward bound route as possible so that we can get to Rob & Ingrid's house in Geneva, NY by supper time tomorrow, Sunday.
There is not much one can say about a drive up I-95. We listened to the last few hours of Book #7 of the Harry Potter audio book series and it seemed like we had lost a fellow traveller when Book 7 drew to its very exciting conclusion. Harry has been our driving companion for nearly 8000 km this winter. We started Book #1 of the 7 book series when we started out on our January trip down to Florida and we have been listening to it almost anytime we have been in the car for more than 10 minutes since then. It has been a great adventure and a wonderful way to pass the time on these long drives.
Once again this trip we noticed the temperature gradually starting to drop once we got north of Florida. Our high for the day was around 26C around Daytona and it steadly went down from there for the rest of the day.
By 9:45 pm and several driver switches we had covered 1375 km and had achieved our goal of getting well into North Carolina so we decided to call it a day. The only dining facility available was a Denny's near our Motel. It was not quite the 5 star dining we have grown used to on the ship but it did the job after a long day's drive.