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Our Trip to Daytona Bike by Alice Szostak

Paul and I ever win anything, but a year ago trying to help his brother a bike at the Michigan state grounds swap meet, decided to put his name in for a drawing to win tickets to Daytona Bike March 5 — 11th. You imagine the shock when he won the A few weeks later the conformation for our came in the mail. We had almost a to plan for our trip.

We were about the trip and a chance to see all of our friends and to get out of the cold weather if for a week.

After getting to take vacation time we looking for motels in a 50-mile of Daytona. Paul is so good at for the best price for everything. We had our motel in Orlando and a rental car at LM. As our departure date got closer, I and repacked making use of every bit of space in our luggage.

We were to at 7:30 in the morning March which meant we had to be at Metro-Airport at A.M.

In Michigan there is a about the weather, Don’t your eyes the weather change. The morning we were to we looked out the window to see a winter with four inches of on the ground. Paul called the before we left to be sure were taking off on time and all was

Our daughter dropped us off at the front after a 45-minute car ride, on a good day takes about 20

The airport is a very interesting these days as you can imagine. It is I call hurry up wait Hurry to get there early, in a line for 15 minutes to check in luggage, and be sure your are all in order. Hurry to where carry on luggage is screened, and in line to go through the metal In Paul’s case he got the lucky and had to remove his shoes, belt, and about strip down to his

I am not complaining because considering could happen I was glad to see checking everything so well. every spot was checked, told us it was okay to walk the hall to where we would the plane. We hurried down the and again waited until it was to board.

Our plane was on time, but after a taxi to the runway we had to have the de-iced, so our take off was delayed 30 minutes. I have to admit it was a bit unsettling to me, I am not the best person it comes to flying. We took off Metro-Airport in a snowstorm and overcast

After we had been flying an hour the sun began to stream in the of the plane, how nice that was to see the sun

The seats on most airplanes are not all comfortable, but after about an and 40 minutes we landed at Orlando Airport. When we stepped off the the change in weather was apparent; it was 85 and sunny. After picking up our car we left the airport and headed for the Inn and some breakfast.

The minute we onto the highway it was apparent motorcycles were everywhere. We knew we were in store for a lot of

We had to kill a little time our room was not ready for us so Paul to go to the Ripley Believe It Or Not Museum, down the street from the We spent about an hour and a walking around inside. was a motorcycle shop just up the from the motel, and we stopped to check out what the competition

At about 3:00 we went to the motel and checked in.

Paul and I both worn out, not to the 4:00 A.M. wake up so we to get settled in our room and take a nap, then go out for a ride and dinner later in the evening. The morning we decided to take a and see if we could find our good Jack and Joan Arnold, and Guzzi friends who we knew camping not too far from Daytona. We their camp sight ease and sat around visiting everyone for about an hour.

was just itching to get closer to the so he asked Jack about Wood Swap Meet and The guys decided to take a down to the swap and walk

Paul can always find good that he really and after about two hours we with some Lucas signals.

We dropped Jack off at the camp sight and visited Joan and Mary Locke. Locke was out riding. We then back to get some dinner, all that walking we were starved.

Along the way back we stopped at a few surplus stores and resale just to see what they had in the south. It was about 7:30 we finished dinner and we spent the of the evening walking through shops near the motel for to take home to family and

You can’t go to Orlando and not go to the many that are offered there, so the day we decided to go to Epcot Center. We had a time and spent the day walking the park, riding on the many that they offered Around 8:30 it started to and we were just about not to mention worn out, so we back to the motel room picking up a bite to eat along the

Friday was about the same a few flea markets, a little and dinner. Saturday, we headed towards Daytona, hoping to some time at the track. If is anything bad I can say about Florida it is the it was bumper to bumper.

Our ride to the track seemed to forever. Paul wanted to see the for Guzzi, but by the time we got there were packed up and just to leave, it was very disappointing.

walking around at the speedway for a we headed towards Daytona in the late afternoon. It took us two to get from the track to Daytona The traffic was just unbelievable, but the along the way were something

There was every kind of you can imagine coming and going every direction. We parked our car on the beach and took a long along the ocean, then for the main streets to see the sights. I never seen so many in my life, a person could not a car or bike down the street, and were so many people.

We saw all of people walking — tall, old, and young, with all their clothes and well let’s just it at that. It really was a sight to

Around dusk we had to hurry to get our car off the otherwise the local police give you a nasty ticket. If you too close to the ocean you might find your car floating out to We again waited in a traffic jam to get to our motel room.

The next day we went to Universal and got a taste of the movies first

Tuesday was our last day, our was to leave the airport at 7.30 We decided to go back to Daytona to some family, and to take a walk on the Beach. The plane the airport on time with no and arrived back in Detroit a after 10:00. It was a wonderful to remember.

The only thing would have made it was having the bike with us, but is always next year.


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