After saying our goodbyes to our new found friends, we left Seminole Campground and headed north on Interstate 75. I was a bit reluctant to leave as there seemed to be omens telling us that maybe we should stay. It started with the morning coffee as I was cleaning Sharon’s favorite coffee mug the handle just broke off into my hand… Next I went outside to check the air in the tires on the motorhome and couldn’t find my 120 psi tire gauge anywhere.
So I borrowed one from our neighbors and topped off the tires. After we got the RV road ready I went to start the motorhome and it just wouldn’t start.So I fired up the generator while trying to figure things out. I gave the RV several more tries and was about to give up when it started… Yea!!! We made our way out of the park and got on the highway. Then I noticed the check engine light and noted a code. The code suggested we were low on coolant as I could best determine so we decided to continued on because the gauges looked find and I could take care of coolant at the campground.
Almost directly after the coolant fiasco a car in the left lane ahead of us somehow veered off the road. Then the driver over-corrected and skidded around with tires smoking before righting himself in his lane.
Next we arrived at Lake Manatee State Park and as we were setting up we realized we couldn’t find our 50 amp to 30 amp converter... Sigh!!! I went on the internet and after a few calls located an RV dealer within 17 miles that had one. So $24.00 later we were finally hooked up and settled in.
Now about the park! Lake Manatee State Park is just outside of Bradenton, Florida and is close to Sarasota as well so it offers us ample opportunity to explore the beaches in this part of Florida… which we will do today! The park has very roomy sites that are mostly screened by small oaks and tall palmettos between them. We are in site 47 in loop two. If we come back we would try to get on the outer side of either loop facing the lake.
Today has started off better as we had our morning coffees and I even got in a 45 minute mountain bike ride on the trails in the park. Now it is time for some chili omelets for breakfast and then it will off to the beaches…