US 98 West of Perry, Florida
Aucilla Wildlife Management Area
After leaving Perry, headed west, I faced a long stretch of miserable driving. The clouds opened up with a downpour. Even on a sunny day, this would be an unappealing stretch of highway -- lined by trees on both sides, and almost no diversions to hold your attention. During the worst of the downpour, with wipers running on high, I spotted a roadside picnic area.
The sign along US 98 didn't even say "picnic area", or even more appropriately, "break in the monotony ahead". Instead, it said "Aucilla WMA". Apparently, I'd been driving through the Aucilla Wildlife Management Area, a name that must have been given to this area so that the middle of nowhere could be considered somewhere.
It was quite a nice spot, even in the rain. I ran under the picnic shelter and watched the raindrops splash into a small lake.
There's a dirt road here, which I can't find on any map, called Western Sloughs Road. I have no idea where it goes, other than that it heads north from the highway. The Gulf of Mexico is only about five miles from this spot, but it's south of the main road. It would be another half hour before I saw the Gulf for the first time on this trip, even though I had been driving near it all day.
Back on US 98, puddles formed in the pavement's ruts, forcing me to drive either a little too close to the center line, or the shoulder.
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