02-13-10 Daytona Beach FL

[Rick] The rain finally quit and the winds subsided a bit, so we decided to leave Titusville after 10 nights and go to Daytona Beach, FL. We called ahead to make sure they had room as this is Race Week in Daytona and the Daytona 500 is to be run tomorrow.

Along the 45 mile journey, we must have seen over 100 dolphins. They seemed to be everywhere and were very active, feeding and jumping.

We passed the Ponce DeLeon lighthouse near New Smyrna Beach.
As we sped along, we noticed how much the landscape looks like the North Carolina Waterway. The houses are smaller with a lot of boats and boat lifts. There is a lot of vegetation. We were in a “No Wake, Manatee Zone” about a third of the way, which means we saved gas but not time. Along the way, our odometer indicated 11111 miles.
Nearing Daytona, we had no problem figuring out where the speedway is located. The Goodyear Blimp was overhead and 6 airplanes were towing banners behind advertising insurance, cars, and what-not.
The whole area arriving at Daytona is filled with condos. Here are a few of them.
The marina, Halifax Harbor Marina, is very nice with floating docks. It is a huge marina with 550 slips. They have cable TV for $4 per day, so we’re getting by with our digital antenna which gives us the major networks. They were the East Coast Marina of the Year in 2001, but they have NO wifi, either free or by subscription. Unbelievable. Fortunately we’re able to get the wifi signal from the West Marine that is just across the street. This time, our wifi signal booster came in handy. We plan to be here at least two days before going to St Augustine, FL.

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