One thing that strikes you negatively about the US after having traveled through several foreign countries is the absence of cheap, accessible public transportation. Except for a few of the largest coastal cities, life in the US generally means that to get anywhere, you have to go by car. Florida is no exception. And it seems as if, when you have more than 2 errands to run, the cost of hiring a taxi in the US almost equals the cost of renting a car.
We needed a short break from all the refitting that was going on aboard The Fox in Stuart last June - mostly because we had no mattresses or cushions, thus for several weeks we slept on hard surfaces. Our backs were getting stiff. For a couple of chubby, middle-aged Americans, we were sleeping rough, is what I'm trying to say.
This wasn't the first time we've had belowdecks all torn inside-out, so we knew exactly what to do to get some relief. We had to rent a car anyway to deliver our wind generator to Hotwire Enterprises for maintenance, so we figured we might as well make a 4-day road trip out of it and see some sights throughout Central Florida.