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Old 12-30-2007, 12:53 PM   #1093
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The bridge I went across last year did not have a toll.
u.s. highway route 331 connects interstate 10 to 98 and comes out just a few miles east of the the campground road (scenic 30a)

it's a toll free bridge and pretty quick route to topsail from i-10 or other points north.

i'd suggest avoiding 98 from the west (pensacola) or the east. it is miles and miles of development, with stop/n/go crazy florida traffic.

U.S. Route 331

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Old 12-30-2007, 01:05 PM   #1094
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. . . . We are on the corner at the end of the street where the pot luck will be held. We will furnish the appetizers (including vegetarian for sugarfoot and others) and the ice, raised fire pit and covered seating if the weather is wet...heaven forbid, but I remember last year.
Tom, how considerate for you to remember that I'm a vegetarian!

I was SO looking forward to the Can Opener, but unfortunately, I will be cancelling as well. It's really tough clicking that "proceed with cancellation" button on Reserve America, but life doesn't always go as planned. Site 138 will be available and I hope someone can use it. It's a large corner lot and you can hear the ocean if you listen closely. Of course, you will have to risk the peril of being between Empresley and Nilesrob. But you couldn't ask for nicer neighbors.
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Old 12-30-2007, 01:57 PM   #1095
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u.s. highway route 331 connects interstate 10 to 98 and comes out just a few miles east of the the campground road (scenic 30a)

it's a toll free bridge and pretty quick route to topsail from i-10 or other points north.

i'd suggest avoiding 98 from the west (pensacola) or the east. it is miles and miles of development, with stop/n/go crazy florida traffic.


2air, is hwy 98 from p`cola real bad now compared to say last year, weve been that way and i know its built up alot but distance wise its about 75 miles shorter and maybe 30 minutes less time. the time factor is not a big deal but with gas prices every little bit helps, but if you think it is better i-10 then thats the way. thanks for your input.
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Tom, how considerate for you to remember that I'm a vegetarian!

I was SO looking forward to the Can Opener, but unfortunately, I will be cancelling as well. It's really tough clicking that "proceed with cancellation" button on Reserve America, but life doesn't always go as planned. Site 138 will be available and I hope someone can use it. It's a large corner lot and you can hear the ocean if you listen closely. Of course, you will have to risk the peril of being between Empresley and Nilesrob. But you couldn't ask for nicer neighbors.
Sugarfoot, bummer you won't make it. Who's going to keep us separated?

On another note, I have some Thetford connectors available if anyone is interested. Turns out our new AS has the standard size connectors for the gray/black water drain.

Also, if anyone has 50 amp service for their AS, I have some power cord stuff that I no longer have a need for - just met me know and I'll bring with me.
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While we're discussing trip options...

For those of you coming down through Auburn/Opelika once you get to Auburn/Opelika you should consider Hwy 29 S through Luverne, AL then about 10 miles south of Luverne pick up 331 the rest of the way down.

On a map, it might look good to take 431 South out of Auburn/Opelika instead and follow it into Florida, but this road has a bad reputation. So many deadly crashes have occurred on that road that it made it on a "top 10" deadly roads TV show a few years ago. Hwy 431 is a little better today as more and more of it goes four lane (there'll be construction on that road for years to come), but 29S is still the way to go IMO. Almost all two lane, but lightly travelled.

Hope everyone has a safe trip and a great time! See you Friday!

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Old 12-30-2007, 02:50 PM   #1099
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... is hwy 98 from p`cola real bad now compared to say last year, weve been that way and i know its built up alot but distance wise its about 75 miles shorter and maybe 30 minutes less time. the time factor is not a big deal but with gas prices every little bit helps, but if you think it is better i-10 then thats the way. thanks for your input.
hi mpc

wow bon secour! you r waaaaaaaay down south!

looks like by google maps it would be 50 miles more to go up/then down for you.

i'm just a tourist, so maybe the locals will chime in...

from your place i'd likely just putter across 98, looks like a 100 miles vs 150 , so u are only 2-3 hours driving.

i came a 1000 miles and going from mobile over on 10 was much quicker than through pensacola, san destin, destin eastward....

and avoided all that development traffic, which seems to be about the same as last year long 98.

from your place it's probably easier to stick with the coastal road.

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Old 12-30-2007, 03:20 PM   #1100
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hi mpc

wow bon secour! you r waaaaaaaay down south!

looks like by google maps it would be 50 miles more to go up/then down for you.

i'm just a tourist, so maybe the locals will chime in...

from your place i'd likely just putter across 98, looks like a 100 miles vs 150 , so u are only 2-3 hours driving.

i came a 1000 miles and going from mobile over on 10 was much quicker than through pensacola, san destin, destin eastward....

and avoided all that development traffic, which seems to be about the same as last year long 98.

from your place it's probably easier to stick with the coastal road.

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mpc,

I agree with 2air's feedback. I live in Panama City and drive periodically to/from Pensacola. As long as you are coming through the south side of Pensacola, 98 is the faster route to Destin. You do have to deal with more traffic and lights but you'll save time and miles from where you are coming from.

I'll be coming in Thursday - see you there.
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Hwy 98 aint to bad from Pcola just try to avoid it during rush hour times mostly 4 lane but it is basically thru town just watchout for the tourist...SAM
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:24 PM   #1102
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The bridge I went across last year did not have a toll.
You didn't go over the Mid Bay Bridge then. If you went by way of Hwy 331 or 231 then there's no toll. The Mid Bay Bridge (toll) will be labeled 293 on your map and it connects Hwy 20 with 98.
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:27 PM   #1103
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Leaving Thursday morning around 6 or 7. Forgotten the exact route but through B'ham. Seems like we go through Opp and Florala (sp) and then across the old bay bridge. Puts us just east of the CG. About 500 miles from my drive.
Thought we might caravan since this is my first trip with the camper, well besides dragging it home 750 miles after I bought it. This time however I will have the family w/ me to worry about but we're leaving Tue. and staying somewhere on the way. See3 ya there. looking forward to meeting everyone face to face. Hope everyone has a safe trip.
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That is true about the traffic.It can get pretty thick in certain areas such as the San Destin area and Eglin Airforce base, and parts of Ft.Walton.
Hey 2Air.It is going to be great to see you again.Wait till you see Breanna.She has grown a little and can talk your brains out now so watch out.She plays the shy card at first but I think thats just part of the act.
We will hopefully be there Thurs morning if the site is not taken.If so we will be there around 1:00 P.M..
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Ok folks, its getting close for us. Get the AS out of storage tomorrow afternoon, load her up Tuesday, work Wednesday and bug out early Thursday morning. I'm thinking AJ's Thursday night, the big steamer thing.

Carol, glad my artwork was helpful (art might be a bit of a stretch). Mr Mossy, we will be lookin for yah.

Truly sorry for those of you that have had to cancel. I know how much we have been looking forward to this trip. We'd be miserable if we had to drop out at this late date.

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....We will hopefully be there Thurs morning if the site is not taken.If so we will be there around 1:00 P.M...See you all there.
the rain has stopped and the white boxes have started moving out.

can't wait 2 c your kiddo , and her parents!

hey there are now 4 or 5 of us in the loop!

the aluminum migration has begun

now where did i put my martini?

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