January 5 – Sarasota

Today was our longest mileage day … but, despite some early brisk winds out of the northwest

one of our most enjoyable and one with virtually no slowdowns

Heading west along I-10, paralleling the Florida-Georgia border, we are always curious to see the warning signs alerting motorists to watch out for bears.

While our day was pretty good in all respects, we observed several others for whom today brought unexpected stress.

Near Tampa, we passed our fourth, and thankfully last, Confederate flag

something rarely if ever seen in the north.

We arrived at Sun N Fun, our home for the next four months in just shy of 5½ hours, a record trip from Jacksonville.

This evening we met Debbie’s brother, Dick and wife Kate at Glory Days for an early dinner.  We all love the place as it serves the best meatloaf we’ve discovered anywhere!

The restaurant is located in “University City” (or “UT”), a huge complex of over 100 stores and dozens of restaurants.  Little did we know about the incredible Christmas lighting display at UT.  So, back to our motorhome to grab my camera and then a return to the light show.

The lights on many of the displays were constantly changing colors every few seconds.

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