2013 TCT Fall Rally at Koreshan State Historic Site, Estero Florida
Nov. 03, 2013
Estero, FL – Panama City, FL
With the time change last night I woke up very early this morning. In fact I heard Perry pulling out with his GMC Motorhome at 6 am this morning. So I went ahead and got up and finished the last of the interior packing to get ready to hit the road. By about 8 am people were gathering around for coffee and breakfast treats outside of my trailer. So I went out and saw a few of the TCTers who were pulling out first thing. I went ahead and hooked up my trailer to the truck and finalized everything where I was just ready to pull out. I stayed around for a while seeing everyone off and helping anyone that needed help getting ready to pull out. It was a great rally and so many of us could have stayed for much longer, it just seemed to go by too fast, as it always does.
By about 9 am (8am my local time) I was ready to pull out and start my long drive home. About a 8-10 drive for me depending on traffic and how many stops I make. So I headed North on I-75 right behind Lanny Webb with hi 1955 Holiday. He must of had to stop for gas as he pulled off the Interstate rather quickly, but I continued North. Traffic was pretty light and I was making great time although the 20-25 mph winds were making things a little challenging but not too bad with the Anti Sway hitch I have. Not too much farther up the Interstate up around Ocala FL I happened to see a vintage Motorhome heading towards me traveling South on Interstate 75. As it got closer I could tell it was a 1978 Newell Coach, then I noticed it had a white Jeep Cherokee on the back….. It was my good friend Al Hesselbart from the Elkhart Museum. He was traveling down to FL from IN as he winters in FL. I waved and blew my horn but I am not sure he saw me, although Al is a lot like me, if there is a vintage trailer on the road he usually spots it, especially my big 30′ Spartanette!
Early afternoon I pulled over at Webbs Antique store for a rest and see if I could find anything I could not live without, unfortunately I left empty handed, just nothing that I had to have. So onward to Panama City. The rest of the trip was very uneventful, which is a little uncommon for my trips! Thankfully I made it home all in one piece and no issue around 7:00 pm. Back to work tomorrow and I am already anxious for the next TCT Rally.
Tin Can Tourists South Eastern Representative
1950 Spartanette Tandem