Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fort Myers

5/17/13 – 5/18/13 Miles MPG Average Speed  
  458 44 49  

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Driving listening:

 


5/17/13 – 5/18/13 Priceline Retail $ Savings % Savings
Crowne Plaza Fort Myers (3.5 star) $68.81
($58 bid)
$104.16
($93 base rate)
$35.35 34%

Friday

I drove down early Friday and was on the Sanibel causeway by noon to do some kayaking (details on my kayaking blog). 

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After kayaking I was very hungry.  Runkeeper said I burned 1100 calories on that paddle, but Runkeeper can’t take into account the wind and currents.  I’m thinking the mile and a half from the point to the causeway into strong winds and out-going tide counts as 3x.  So I felt entirely justified in having a big dinner.

Lee Roy Selmon's on Urbanspoon Lee Roy Selmon’s is a southwest Florida chain, and I prefer to avoid chains when traveling, but it had a big advantage when it came up in the Urbanspoon app’s random selector: It was really, really close to my hotel.

After 8-miles of paddling and the discovery

that my sunscreen was defective, I was not in the mood to drive far.  I wanted pretty good food, close by, and a lot of it.  The second advantage was that it was Happy Hour.

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The server brought me some BBQ rolls to start.  These are warm, tasty, yeast rolls covered in butter, garlic, and BBQ sauce.

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These were really good and I followed them with soft pretzels and cheese sauce with bacon ($3 for Happy Hour).

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Good pretzels covered in coarse, crunchy salt.  The cheese sauce was a little thin, but good.  And for the entrĂ©e, I had their pulled pork with sides of baked beans and maple-bacon creamed corn.

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The beans were really good, sweet with a hint of molasses, but they also had green peppers, which I’m not fond of.  The creamed corn was good, but a little too sweet – which is an unusual thing for me to say.  It’s normally served with the fried chicken and waffles, so that may be why – I think the maple syrup is overused, making it too sweet and thin, but it could go well with the fried chicken and waffles.

The pork itself was excellent and the sauce was a good compliment – sweet and sticky, without being overpowering.  It was well-trimmed, with very little fat.

For dessert, I got the bread pudding with praline sauce and ice cream to-go and ate it back at the hotel.

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So after an eight-hour paddle that afternoon, I was discovering that 1) I was out of shape and starting to hurt, and, B) my sunscreen had expired and I was the proud owner of a nasty, if oddly shaped, sunburn.  So I stopped by the front desk sundry shop to get some pain killers … only to find that they were out of stock until Monday.  Well, not entirely out of stock.

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The three girls working the front desk assured me it would be effective and have no ill-effects. 

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