Rain, wind and more rain!   That describes my day until mid afternoon, when I finally rode into better weather just as I crossed into Alabama.  Leaving Ocala in the rain, I rode 625 miles today but it was a challenge.  At least I did not encounter the hail that reportedly was falling in northern Florida. 

I am pushing to get back to South Texas sometime late tomorrow, but that will depend on the weathe and the traffic in Houston.  After a long ride today, I just stopped for the night in Denham Springs, LA.  Although I am only a few miles northwest  of New Orleans, I am not goiing to visit the city during this ride.  Maybe sometime later in the year.

Tonight I am staying in a Best Western, which seems to be nice.  Most often I stay in a Hampton Inn but tonight the Best Western was $60 less costly, so the decision was easy.  Tomorrow I will depart early, by 7:00 AM.  If all goes well I will be home by dark tomorrow.