STE3 Hop 9: Sarasota FL to Naples FL

STE3 Hop 9

STE3 Hop 9

124 miles via I-75, FL 84 and US 41, with a slight detour near the Ft Myers airport. Cumulative tow miles: 1608. Truck miles: 128. Cumulative truck miles: 2103.

Thus endeth the Second Trip East (STE). The last hop was short and almost uneventful. The minor event was a stop to check the sewer hose in the bed of the truck which appeared to be working loose. It was fine, but the exit I took did not allow me to get back onto I-75, so I had to detour down the local airport access road to reach the next on ramp. No big deal.

Our one night in Sarasota was at the Sun-N-Fun RV Resort. I tried to book a night at another Sun Communities property but it did not have a pull-through available, so the reservation clerk – shared among all Sun properties – took it upon herself to find one nearby at the Sun-N-Fun. It was just an overnight, so just about anything would have been fine, but I am glad we got to see Sun-N-Fun. The word that best describes this place: incredible.

Our site was very nice – long and wide, great cable TV. But it is the facilities that distinguish this campground. A huge pool, with a very large waterslide, a poolside bar and an adjacent restaurant. Tennis courts, pickleball courts, lawn bowling, horseshoes, mini-golf and shuffleboard. A covered playground. Activities buildings galore. Woodworking, watercolors, fitness center, card rooms, crafts. Just incredible.

And very, very expensive. We finally found a place more expensive than Gulf Waters. A premium RV site for January runs nearly $2300.

So we made it to our winter home. Over 9,000 miles of travel in 111 days. It will be nice to be able to stay put for a while.

Lawn bowling

Lawn bowling

Shuffleboard

Shuffleboard

Covered playground

Covered playground

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