Just 30 minutes later, the resourceful coordinator called me back. "We can do it!" she announced. And I shouldn't have been surprised. As I would soon learn, these enterprising Orlandians can build space shuttles made entirely of oranges. A hot plate, no problem!
With the highest of hopes and a healthy dash of blind optimism, Dad and I set out for the journey at noon on December 29. My brother loaned us his Garmin and my husband somehow got his hands on a car-battery-powered cooler. In it we packed our frozen crepes and a plastic bag full of our secret weapon—that heavenly, golden sauce.
What we had hoped would be a mere 8 hour-drive turned into 13 due to two traffic accidents in South Carolina and a detour in Jacksonville. We arrived at midnight, only to discover that our hotel was overbooked! Luckily we were relocated to another property which gave us an entire suite that included a kitchenette. This meant that our precious cargo could maintain its chilled state-of-being. Relieved and exhausted, we laid our heads down about 1 a.m. for 5 hours of sleep.
We woke up in the morning energized and ready to compete. First stop: our first Publix! Here two foodies were in real danger of a serious diversion. Beautiful and immaculate aisles and aisles of what seemed to be the most rare and marvelous foodstuffs. Somehow we managed to tear ourselves away, with just a pint of vanilla ice cream and a bag of fresh mint.
Looking at our watches, we realized that we had 45 minutes for a 10-minute drive to the grandstands, the site of the competition. Plenty of time, right? No, silly, there was a parade planned! The closer we got to downtown, the slower we crawled. And in the back of my mind, I kept hearing Stephanie's words. You need to be at the grandstands at 9:30!
But how could we? The direct route was blocked off and we had to endure a tedious and seemingly endless detour to the grandstands. At one point, part of me wanted to just hop back on I-4 and drive back home. Dad was calm on the outside, but like me, frustrated and prickly with nerves on the inside.
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