A Trip Report By Mel & Karen Ray
Heavy rain, temp ~60
Getting out of the Hotel's tiny private parking garage was an adventure ... made for VERY small vehicles ... one of the maids accompanied each driver to the garage ... 2 blocks away ... then she gave very careful hand signals to avoid fender damage! ... felt proud when she hopped in the car and said something to the effect of "good job" !!!
Very heavy rain made driving difficult ... some flooding of side roads ... total distance ~150 miles ... as we neared our Villa (~3 PM) rain stopped (good luck) ... the Villa is part of a winery & cooking school ... the plan was to meet the manager at 4 PM to check-in. So, since we had an hour we had lunch at a roadside cafe that was good.
An amazing event while at lunch ... a foursome at the next table speaking English ... Karen overheard one lady mention Duke ... she struck up a conversation ... the gal is a urologist ... studied & took her internship at Duke ... even more amazing, the second lady is the sister of a waitress employed at "Boondocks" restaurant (near our Ponce Inlet condo) and a marina where we kept our boat for several years ... we've known the waitress for years ... they also are acquainted with the Boondocks Dock Master (Jim Bowen) ... then we learned one of the couples is from Columbia, SC and knows Mel's former business partner ... WOW, and here we meet at a small road house restaurant out away from any civilization !!! Amazing!
You never know what's in store when one takes these 'adventures.'
So, the hour went quickly ... then on to the Villa for check-in ... Bill & Linda plus Sid & Cheryl (both couples from Jacksonville) ... were to rendezvous with us around 4 PM at the Villa ... waited in the Villa till their 7 PM arrival. Quite chilly outside so a fire in the fireplace was in order.
The Villa is set in the midst of a winery and cooking school ... back a gravel road ~1 mile with a fantastic view in each direction .... take a close look at the pictures ... again, our cameras do not do the views justice.
Decided to return to the Roadhouse for dinner because it is nearby.