After the usual morning preparations … coffee & breakfast … I said goodbye to my hosts and heading across Florida towards Miami.
About half-way across the state, on the Everglades Parkway through Alligator Alley, I stopped in a rest area to have lunch. I called the motel, as I would arrive in Miami in about an hour or so, to see if I could check into my room early. Nope, can’t do that. No big deal. I settled down for a few hours of reading and paperwork in the Caribou Lite.
The afternoon was shaping up to be a hot one, at least to me and the cat … not the locals. The inside camper temp was into the low 80s. I had the rear door open, all the canvas windows and both roof vents. Glad to have the Fan-Tastic Vent to pull the hot air out of the camper and create a slight breeze.
Mid-afternoon I closed up the camper and headed into Miami and my hotel.
Why a motel? I’d traveled to Miami to attend the Strictly Sail Miami boat show and display one of the boats I build, the Sage 17. I’d need shower facilities to be presentable each day and a motel close to the show site would work best.
Once I checked into the motel I moved Momma Kitty’s and my things into our studio suite. I stayed in an Extended Stay America (ESA). I have stayed in many ESAs and have found all to be nicely kept and the rooms have a small kitchen. In the Miami case the room rate is more than 70% cheaper than the motels right next to the boat show, and even a bit cheaper than lower cost motels that are not as nice. ESA also allows cats, a mandatory requirement for myself and Momma Kitty.
The show lasted five days; 12-16 February. Each morning I would drive from the motel to the show site … this took about 15 minutes (distance is 2.5 miles, traffic in Miami is horrendous!). After being at the show and talking sailboats I would usually have dinner with friends and then head back to the motel … this took anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour (again, Miami as a HUGE traffic problem).