We might have a “reverse record” from our last trip if the past four days in Florida are any indication of what lies ahead. We were caught in just twenty minutes of rain during our cross country tour in 2010. It has rained every afternoon since Saturday. As we write this blog, we are sitting outside of Subway in Punta Gorda, Florida, taking shelter from the storm–and much longer than we anticipated.
We left this morning, from Naples, after a wonderful mom-cooked pancake breakfast. We started our mom-to-mom tour around 9:00 a.m. and stopped along the way to use the facilities and re-hydrate in the 90+ degree heat of the morning and afternoon. Toward late afternoon, dark, ominous clouds seemed well away from us on the outskirts of Punta Gorda, at least until we resumed our ride five miles out of town. Soon, sprinkles started as the darkness began to close in. The rain cooled us down, which was most refreshing! But as soon as we rolled our wheels under the concrete overhang of a beautiful Subway restaurant patio, the skies opened up, lightning danced, and thunder crackled and popped all around us. That was at 4:00 p.m., and we are still here at seven p.m., avoiding the downpour. The streets are soaked and it is still dark and dreary. Tonight’s motel awaits us six miles up the road, but the thunder and lightning still have us sandwiched at Subway!
We started talking to the girl making our lunches at Subway. She just happens to be from Framingham, Massachusetts and attended Walsh Middle School. I asked about her teachers. Her favorite teacher is the husband of my previous principal. It’s a small world after all–and we are not even close to Disney World yet!