Pensacola to Orlando
01.07.2013 33 °C
Early start today as we have our biggest driving day from Pensacola to Orlando, plus we lose an hour as we are entering a different time zone.
Florida wasn't a very popular state to live in because it was so hot and humid, but when air conditioning was invented, all that changed. Population stats - 76%white, 15%African American and the rest are Latinos. There are a lot of Spanish speakers in Miami. The highways in America are great and there are lots of lanes and they are in great condition. Back to Florida. Lots of rain and tornados here. In 2004, they had 5 hurricanes and in 2005, three more. Orlando is known as the lightning capital of the world. Florida receives 60,000,000 tourists a year, because of the warm weather. It is the fifth in the nation for energy use, due to air conditioning and pool pumps. We find the air conditioning much too cold and very night we turn it off. Last night in Pensacola, the hallway was absolutely freezing and Phil phoned reception and asked them to turn it down as it was making our room cold.
18,750,000 people live in Florida. The state beverage is orange juice. They grow sugar cane and phospate and there is no personal income tax in Florida. Sounds like the way to go! Each state has different income tax laws. 81% of the population are Christians, 54% of them are protestants. Miami is one of the biggest cruise ship ports in the world.
We have a movie playing the bus, "As Good As It Gets", with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt. It's a good movie. We have seen it before.
We had a comfort stop at a Walmart somewhere. Little shopalohic Phil bought a couple more shirts but couldn't find any navy blue shorts. Very boring day today re photos. Just driving down number 10 highway with the same trees all the way along. Coming in and out of rain. Today will be a good day to catch up on all the sleep we have missed!
Called into Gainesville for lunch at a shopping centre. It was really nice and to add a bit of interest to today's blog, I am going to download some photos of the centre. A couple of comments. The rest rooms were the nicest I have ever seen. They had the usual men's and women's sections, but also a section for families. Also a defribulator on the wall. Then we came to a "stuffing station". What the? Kids can buy a soft toy and the guy then turns on the machine and stuffs it. Only in America!
This is a fourth of July cookie.
It rains every day in Gainesville. The University of Florida is here and has a student population of 51,000. It is a citrus growing area and gatorade was invented here. Famous people from Gainesville: River Phoenix, Faye Dunaway, Minnie Ripperton and Stephen Stills. It is the best place in the USA to start a band.
Now driving to Orlando in pouring rain.
We are staying at the International Palms Resort, Room 4071 for two nights. It has just been renovated but really has seen better days. Our phone doesn't work and as we are expecting a phone call, we asked for it to be fixed or replaced. Can't do because apparently no phone will work in this room! They offered us another room but we had unpacked and couldn't be bothered.
Walked across the road to have dinner at the Brazilian Steak House. We had the buffet which was quite nice.
We have a free day tomorrow, which means a sleep in! Orlando is theme park city but we aren't going to any of them. Don't fancy queuing in the heat and as thunder storms are predicted for tomorrow, don't fancy queuing in the rain either. We think we will catch the tram, 25 cents for seniors, down to the outlet shops.