East Coast Tour - Day 11


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July 9th 2016
Published: July 15th 2016
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We had to stop. It was a beautiful morning, and a wedding party was just next to us taking photos as well.
Day 11 - Key West (to Miami) to Fort Pierce



We started the day very early. We had to drive to Miamibfor our redevouz with the Toyota Mechanics without using the AC. We were not sure how long it was going to take, and it gets very hot in the Keys. On our way out of the Keys we made a couple of stops. The first was at Anne's Beach, dedicated to a local environmentalist who worked for many years in the Keys. The second stop was for Tony at Anthony's Ladies Apparel. A fine establishment with many good articles. We made it to Miami without suffering too much from the lack of air conditioning. We unhooked the trailer in the Toyota parking lot and wiated for the diagnostic. 90 minutes later we found out we needed a new water pump, new belt tensioner and pulleys, and the front brake pads neede replacing. We also had them change the oil while we were there. They worked really hard to get the job done by the end of the day and even gave us a loaner van for the day so we didn't have to hang around at the
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I go there for the ... um... articles.
service department all day. By 11 we were headed out to see what we could see in Miami. Our first stop was a Jamba Juice (Tony was having withdrawls). Then we headed over to the Dadeland Mall to walk around in the air conditioning. They had a Tesla Dealer there and so we spent some time checking out the new sedan model. Next to Tesla was a Microsoft store where Michelle played with the new Xbox Vibe, a virtual reality gaming engine. Afterwards we had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory before heading out to see some of the sights in Miami. We did several of the scenic drives in Miami including Old Cutler Road, Ocean Drive, and Coral Way. We also drove through a big maria where we saw a boat being lifted out of the water and into a storage rack. We even took some time at a park for Michlle to talk with her friend, Esperanza. The wonderful people at Toyota (RJ and Tony) finished with the car by 5 PM and we were hooked up and on the road by 6. Our goal was a few hours north on the coast at the KOA in Fort Pierce.
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Kendall is a large Toyota with a decent cafe/lounge area. Word is people come from as far as Key West for their service. I concur.
It was a late check-in but the site was nice and the people were great. The sky was clear except for one cloud to our east that was alive with lightning. It was as if that one cloud had left the lights on, and it was sparking continuously.


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with fake bushes pinned to the cinderblock walls.
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