Florida Bound

After three long winters we are finally returning back to our second home in Florida. Our government had closed the borders due to the pandemic. This prevented us from travelling back to the United States with our motorcoach and ultimately pushed us to leaving the RV lifestyle for reasons I won’t get into here.

When the borders finally reopened for us to resume travel into the United States we had difficulty finding suitable accommodations in Port Charlotte — we couldn’t find anything between January and April — and that caused us to travel southwest to Nevada and Arizona last winter.

Thankfully we had no issues finding a nice spot for this winter. The house pictured above is a stunning home and we look forward to being part of the Riverwood community in 2024.

But look at how close we are to the spot we had originally planned to spend roughly 10 years of our retirement winters:

We can easily walk over to Myakka River Motorcoach Resort. And we are looking forward to reconnecting with our friends at Myakka after a very long break. I hope they still remember us!

We crossed the border yesterday and it was a very different experience. The wait time for most motorists at the Sarnia crossing was at least an hour or two. The government had posted the wait time on their website as showing no delay but like most things our government tells us this was only true for Nexus cardholders. We have a Nexus card and the Sarnia crossing provides a dedicated lane to pass through customs. It is like having a fast pass at Walt Disney World. We passed hundreds of vehicles stuck waiting on the bridge and at customs.

When we reached the booth we were asked two questions: Where are you heading? Are you bringing anything with you?

That was it. Literally 15 seconds or so and we were back in the United States.

We have planned a somewhat easy drive down primarily due to my ongoing health issues. Four days of driving at roughly six hours a day.

I was able to handle the drive yesterday for about five hours but after that it became gruelling. We’ll see how today goes. We are making our way from Findlay, Ohio to Knoxville, Tennessee. About six hours.

No snow in the north right now. And no issues on the roads.

In a few days we trade cold and gloomy skies for sun and warmth.

A fair trade.

4 replies
  1. Chet & Sandy Babcock
    Chet & Sandy Babcock says:

    Greetings Richard and Lorraine
    We want to wish you a Happy New Year and say we are happy to see you are able to return to Florida. Sorry to hear about your health issues. We pray the warmth and sunshine will be a welcome reprieve.
    We still fondly remember all you both did at Bay Park and the wonderful Christmas celebrations you engineered.
    We are still at Bay Park and the church is full with lots of young families. We are so thankful for God’s protection and provision over these last difficult years.
    Blessings to you both.

    • Richard
      Richard says:

      So nice to hear from you! Thank you for your kind comments. I do miss the Christmas celebrations and it was always wonderful to have Jeff helping me with that production.

      Happy New Year Chet and Sandy. Do say hello to Jeff.

  2. Sandra Dow
    Sandra Dow says:

    Definitely considering a Nexus card as we sat in a similar situation at the Sarnia border back in October.
    The house looks magnificent, so happy to hear you’ll be back in your old hood again 😉
    Thanks for the update. Safe travels!


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