In a six-part series, Take The Highway takes to the highway on a six day roadtrip through the southeast, mid-Atlantic, and northeastern United States.
We took our time getting up on this, the last day of the trip. Breakfast at the Ambassador Inn was located in a former restaurant building located on the property. It was a fairly basic breakfast, nothing special. Eggo waffles, cereal, mini donuts, milk, orange juice, coffee, and fruit.
A lady ran the breakfast area, asked the room numbers of all who came in. To be honest, I’m not sure people are lining up to score freebies here.
We hit the road at about 9:30 and headed south towards Interstate 95.
The day was nice and sunny, temperatures ranging from warm to hot.
— Take the Highway (@takethehwy) May 16, 2017
Once again, we passed South of the Border.
It was a pretty uneventful drive through South Carolina. But we started getting hungry.
We decided to get off Interstate 95 for a little while, and swing into Savannah for a bite to eat.
US Highway 17 took us through the back country near Hardeeville, then the sawgrass of the Savannah River. We crossed the Talmadge Memorial Bridge into Savannah, which rides 185 feet above the river below.
Our lunch stop was at the famous Clary’s Cafe, in business since 1903, and featured in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It was my second trip to Clary’s, the previous one being in 1998 following the filming of the movie.
The nearby neighborhood features 22 public squares. The first four historic squares were built in 1733.
After lunch, we headed back to Interstate 95 via Interstate 16, a Georgia intrastate Interstate.
Back into Florida
We hit the northern edge of Jacksonville during the afternoon rush hour. Traffic wasn’t bad for the most part, just a little slow in some areas.
While still technically in Jacksonville, we were on US Highway 301. Much of Jacksonville is rural, as the city encompasses all of Duval County with the exception of four separate municipalities.
Our last fuel stop for the trip was in Waldo. This marked the first time in almost two full roadtrips that I could not get a receipt at the pump! That aside, the Pilot chain of truck stops are always a welcome sight.
Several miles to the south of Waldo is the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House, named after the novelist who wrote many fiction books from 1912 until her death in 1953. The house is located a few miles west of US Highway 301 on County Road 325 in Marion County
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By sundown, we arrived home in Tampa. 2600 miles, six days, and nine states later.
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