Saturday, Feb 1, 2014
Today we left Rock Hill, SC traveling to Ocala, Fl which is about 468 miles. We took I-77 to I-95 and then to US-301 all the way into Ocala. We avoided I-75 which we later found out was backed up for miles. This was the first time on US-301 but found it was a good route even with slower speeds and driving through towns. We experienced some rain on the drive but no difficult weather conditions.
We checked into the Best Western at 3701 SW 38th Ave about 5:30 and then headed to Olive Garden for dinner. Al dined on Braised Beef & Tortelloni-tender sliced short ribs and portobello mushrooms tossed with asiago-filled tortelloni in a basil-marsala sauce. I had Grilled Chicken Toscano-
grilled chicken breasts with a sweet red wine demi-glace served with fresh spinach and parmesan risotto with tomatoes. The risotto was undercooked and not creamy at all. Enjoyed eating in the recently remodeled bar .....avoided an hour wait for a table. Same server as last year.
Watched a bit of TV and then to bed.