This travelogue report covers the final leg of my Summer Tour on Tuesday, September 8th, from Dothan, Alabama to Jupiter, Florida and home. The following map shows my route for this day’s nearly 9-hour journey of 500 miles, with nearly half along the Florida Turnpike. I took no photos during this concluding leg of the trip.
Shortly after 8 AM CDT, I departed from the Econo Lodge in Dothan, AL and resumed my journey southward along US-231 into Florida. South of Campbellton at the the junction with highway FL-73, I turned eastward toward Marianna. On the west side of town, I turned south onto FL-276 to reach I-10 and rode just one exit to turn south along FL-71, This highway brought me to the junction with FL-20 in Blountstown. I continued eastward along FL-20, entering the Eastern time zone as I crossed the Apalachicola River, and then branching off onto FL-267 just after entering the Apalachicola National Forest. After riding for nearly 31 miles, the highway merges with US-98 and continues eastward as far as Perry. From Perry, US-98 continues south, overlapping with US-19. I followed US-19/98 as far as Chiefland, where I branched off to follow US-27-Alt through Bronson to Williston. From Williston, I continued along US-27 as far as I-75 on the west side of Ocala.
Upon reaching the interchange with I-75, I stopped for fuel and a short break, before continuing southward on I-75. Nearly 25 miles south of Ocala, the highway branches at the junction with the Florida Turnpike, which I then followed the remaining distance of 218 miles to the exit for Jupiter, after a brief stop for fuel at the service plaza near Port St. Lucie.
At 6 PM EDT, I finally arrived home at my condo on the east side of town, thus completing my Summer Tour for 2015.
In preparing this summary of my tour, I decided to provide various statistics, as gleaned from the track logs in my Garmin Zumo 665 GPS unit:
|Total Distance:||24,280 miles | 39,075 km|
|Elapsed Time:||110 d 9 h 22 m|
|Moving Time:||21 d 14 h 34 m|
|Avg. Speed||55.3 mph | 89.0 kmh|
|Avg. Fuel Economy||42.2 mpg | 17.9 km/L | 5.7 L/100km|
|Highest Elevation:||12,206 ft / 3,720 m|
These values were extracted from my credit card statements and will provide planning guidance for my future tours.
|Fuel:||579.3 gal. | 2,193 liters
|Food:||Restaurants & Groceries||$3,386.10||$30/day|
(in commercial facilities)
(with family & friends)
|Maintenance:||5 Oil changes,
Tires (4 front/5 rear), etc.
|Accessories:||Seat, Bash plate||$1,198.37|
Pictured Rocks, etc.
|Rider Training:||RawHyde-Offroad Adventure Course||$2,029.80|
This concludes my travelogue reports for my Summer Tour in 2015. Planning has already begun for another summer of travel in 2016.