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Author Topic: Around Florida in 31 hours?  (Read 14057 times)

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Re: Around Florida in 31 hours?
« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2012, 05:26:21 PM »

Segment No. 2, South Bay FL to Newberry FL, via Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier, Lee, Charlotte, De Soto, Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee, Polk, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Sumpter, Citrus, Marion, Levy, Alachua.  http://goo.gl/maps/PmAFD  20 counties, 535 mi, 10 hours 24 mins
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Don't mean to be a bit of a spoil-sport, but any lodging plans in the South Bay area are going to be extremely limited and/or questionable (high-crime areas per capita). Don't get me wrong, I don't fear getting out of my car, but it's a very poor town. Newberry is about the same size of town, and probably offers very few lodging facilities, although with far less crime.
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Re: Around Florida in 31 hours?
« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2012, 10:47:20 PM »

Thanks.  I've been doing some checking, and find much the same.  It looks like I will begin my day an hour or so north into Georgia, thus will be looking to end my day earlier as well.  At this time, I'm looking at Okeechobee.  What I have seen looks favorable.  Any advice?

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Re: Around Florida in 31 hours?
« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2012, 09:41:38 AM »

Probably the longest distance I have ever driven on a two-lane highway at speeds in excess of 75 MPH.

what was the speed limit on two-lane I-75?  my guess is 65.
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Re: Around Florida in 31 hours?
« Reply #28 on: December 06, 2012, 12:35:31 PM »

Thanks.  I've been doing some checking, and find much the same.  It looks like I will begin my day an hour or so north into Georgia, thus will be looking to end my day earlier as well.  At this time, I'm looking at Okeechobee.  What I have seen looks favorable.  Any advice?

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Okeechobee is podunk but not as poverty stricken as the towns on the south side of the lake. It's big enough it should have the regular assortment of low-end motels like Best Western, Hampton Inn, etc.
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Re: Around Florida in 31 hours?
« Reply #29 on: December 06, 2012, 12:42:26 PM »


Okeechobee is podunk but not as poverty stricken as the towns on the south side of the lake. It's big enough it should have the regular assortment of low-end motels like Best Western, Hampton Inn, etc.

Hampton Inn is a low-end motel now?  did you have an exceedingly unsatisfactory experience with them?  :-D

(I don't consider them to be high-end compared to other options, especially those available in major cities, but they are certainly one price/service point above stuff like Motel 6, and at least two points above the local no-tell)
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Re: Around Florida in 31 hours?
« Reply #30 on: December 08, 2012, 08:26:49 AM »


Okeechobee is podunk but not as poverty stricken as the towns on the south side of the lake. It's big enough it should have the regular assortment of low-end motels like Best Western, Hampton Inn, etc.

Hampton Inn is a low-end motel now?  did you have an exceedingly unsatisfactory experience with them?  :-D

(I don't consider them to be high-end compared to other options, especially those available in major cities, but they are certainly one price/service point above stuff like Motel 6, and at least two points above the local no-tell)

They're at the low end of the price and service range of the Hilton chain of hotels. Since I'm not a fan of things like rats or hepatitis, I tend to forget that there are less expensive offerings like Motel 6 available :)

All of my work travel has turned me into a hotel snob. While I've stayed at some perfectly fine low end hotels like Red Roof Inn and LaQuinta, they tend to vary significantly in quality from location-to-location. When you get to the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Fairfield Inn price point, you get much more consistency between locations.
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Re: Around Florida in 31 hours?
« Reply #31 on: December 12, 2012, 10:09:43 AM »

All of my work travel has turned me into a hotel snob. While I've stayed at some perfectly fine low end hotels like Red Roof Inn and LaQuinta, they tend to vary significantly in quality from location-to-location. When you get to the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Fairfield Inn price point, you get much more consistency between locations.

Even those three are too pricey for me unless I can get a great discount somehow. I prefer Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Days Inn or Super 8 when I can get them.

Use TripAdvisor to get a decent idea of what the place is like, although I think a lot of reviews there are written by hotel snobs. I've seen some terrible reviews of places that were perfectly acceptable to me.

But I digress from the main topic of this thread.
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