Sun’n Fun and Done
- Friday, April 16
- Headed for the Sun’n Fun Fly-In after all. Ended up in Gainesville, FL for the night. A couple of my college suitemates came from there.
- Saturday, April 17
- Arrived at the Fly-In in the early afternoon. It’s huge. I managed to locate the Express Aircraft booth (actually a tent outside with two Express planes parked outside it) and hunt up Roy. Chatted with him and hung out until the evening, then tagged along to the Express dinner at the Red Barn Steakhouse, where I had an excellent porterhouse. Despite the Sun’n Fun rush, I was able to find a nice hotel room in town.
- Sunday, April 18
- Roy provided me with a vendor badge, so I got back into the Fly-In for free. Spent some more time hanging out with Roy, and some more time wandering the extensive exhibits. The crowd was very thin both days, but especially Sunday — even most of the flown-in planes (both personal and exhibited) were already gone, even though the convention lasts through Monday.
Mid-afternoon I headed north and west, and stopped in Chiefland, FL.
I’ve been staying more or less at random in different chain motels, and I’ve reached some tentative conclusions. Hampton Inn is generally a cut above, and has high-speed Internet access if such is feasible in that area. Best Western is ubiquitous but generally sucks.
- Monday, April 19
- Another day of packing on the miles, albeit sticking mostly to the “avoid highways” routing scheme offered by the Z4′s navigation system. Tonight I’m in Biloxi, MS.