We flew into Orlando last night, then drove to Cocoa Beach, in the dark. Just like when the girls and I traveled to New Jersey, we awoke to sunshine and a gorgeous beach.
|Cocoa Beach. Barefoot in November.|
|S, on the phone to Alex. "Yes, our Ducks are going to win. Is it raining in Oregon?"|
Surprisingly, the Space Center was 30 minutes away from Cocoa Beach (and tomorrow's start line). Driving in to the parking lot, you can see the space shuttle Atlantis and the museum being built around it. It will be open to view summer 2013.
Luckily, I remembered to print off the free parking pass found in our virtual race bag. We were able to park for free, saving $10.
The expo was medium sized, I assumed it would be a bit bigger. It was in one large room, near the Rocket Garden. A handful of vendors were there, including Brooks. The only free sample was of some juice. I might just be ready for a Rock 'n Roll expo. I didn't take any expo pictures (since you all know what a room full of vendors looks like), but I did see Bart Yasso coming out of the bathroom. I was too chicken to follow him and get a picture, even though we exchanged tweets Friday night.
To tour the Space Center would have cost $50, but we did get to walk around outside, including the Rocket Garden. S mentioned this place made him sad, since the US is no longer funding manned space flight.
|No roller coasters, but cool rockets!|
I ordered a lobster meal, with potatoes and corn on the cob. S and I split it, after heating it (ourselves) in the shack's microwave. The best $11 seafood meal I've ever had. We ate outside at picnic tables, covered in butcher paper. Mallets are tied down to the tables for diners to use.
After lunch, we drove the half marathon course. Shuttles are available from our hotel, but we've decided to drive ourselves and find parking near the start. The out and back course is on a two lane road, right along the beach. This course is flat and the scenery is gorgeous. I'm saving course pictures for the race report.
Good luck to everyone racing tomorrow!
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|I forgot about the free Moon Pies from the expo. Yum!|