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Day Forty Four - Fort Lauderdale

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Coral Princess berthed alongside well ahead of schedule. Being the only cruise ship in port the disembarkation proceeded more quickly than anticipated. Found or luggage although with the hundreds of articles lined up it was difficult to pick out ours. Immigration was painless and the only problem we had was finding the taxi rank. Walked back and forth a bit but finally found the right place.

The taxi ride to the hotel was quite quick. Amazing how fast they drive and with five lines in each direction it seems even faster. Checked in at the Best Western and although well before the published 'check in' we were given our room keys. We are on the sixth floor and can see the freeway from the window. See it but fortunately can't hear it. The free WiFi was very fast and in hardly no time the lap-top was busy downloading emails, updates and then it started to install Windows 10. I have checked that Win 10 pro will allow me to control the updates. Will cost a few $$$s but should be OK.

Braved the heat and went out looking for lunch. First we had to cross a number of multilane roads in an area that isn't very pedestrian friendly. The carpark for the this 'mall' would cover a reasonable sized town. We asked directions and some helpful people pointed and mentioned some unfamiliar landmarks. I doubt they'd ever encountered pedestrians.

We walked for well over an hour and finally dropped into a Wendy's where we had a 'combo'. Bottomless sodas and when Jenny went to buy some ice-creams she came back with two buckets - one medium and one large. It took the best part of half an hour to get through them.

On the way back we called into a Kmart - I needed a restroom after drinking too much soda and then overloading that with a bucket of ice-cream. Kmart was a huge store and we walked around like some county cousins looking totally lost. There was just so much stuff, it was a relief to be in the air-conditioned store. Made our way back to the hotel and even braved one of the roads without specific pedestrian lights. Not something Jenny would normally contemplate but the next set of lights were a long way off and it was HOT.

Back in the hotel and Windows 10 was going through the setup. I was greatly relieved when it finally showed signs of life. I was even happier when some of my legacy software continued to work. One program in particular still works despite being built for Windows XP and has no updates available.

We spent a bit of time looking at the traffic on the freeway, just can't get over it. We'd eaten enough for lunch so weren't interested in going out again for dinner. Planning an early night in preparation for tomorrow's marathon set of flights from here to Honolulu.

A slightly blurred image of Port Everglades is my pick for today. You can view the image by following this link to my main album.

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 16:59 Archived in USA

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