Today we left Rock Hill, SC about 7:30AM traveling to Ocala, FL which is about 465 miles. We had a quick bite in the lobby restaurant but nothing great to write about. We took I-77 to I-95 and then to US-301 all the way into Ocala. We avoided I-75 traffic and congestion. US-301 was a good route, even with the slower speeds and driving through towns. We experienced wonderful weather today with sun all the way. Temperature rose to hi 60's. But we heard that North Canton had more snow coming again today.
US 301took us to a right turn onto 10th St ( FL-200) and then straight to 38th Ave to the Best Western in Ocala at 3701 SW 38th Ave. We arrived about 4:00 and are always pleased with the room and service here.
We had time to rest a bit before having dinner at the Olive Garden at 5:15 where we ate in the bar to avoid a wait for a table in the dining areas. We sat at "our" table at the bar ....same as last year. Al had a Manhattan and I had a glass of wine. Al ordered Braised Beef and Tortelloni - tender slices of slow-braised beef, portobello mushrooms and asiago-filled tortelloni tossed in basil-marsala sauce. I had Eggplant Parmigiana - lightly fried, topped with homemade marinara and melted mozzarella. Served with a side of spaghetti.
We finished with coffee for Al and cappuccino for me.
Our server was the bartender whose sister also worked with her....both with long red hair.....thought they were twins but not. This place was packed when we left with people waiting for tables. Good to come early.
I turned in for an early night about 9:00pm ....very tired from the drive. Al was up for the late news.
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