In retrospect, we should have just driven.
The New York Times called about a story Michael Cooper was writing about the high-speed rail system that might be built between Orlando and Tampa along I-4, and pitched the idea of riding public transportation from where this multi-billion dollar project will dump you off in downtown Tampa to any place of significance – say, the beach. I agreed, and then realized, you know, I don’t take public transportation. Ever. Let alone in Tampa. I survived New York, how hard could it be to get from downtown Tampa to St. Pete Beach?
Not hard unless you count $20 in fares, four bus transfers, a trolley ride and a $80 cab ride back to the car.
All in all, over three hours of bus riding to get from cement to sand – for a car ride that takes 25 minutes.
I think that is probably the point with this article, but tough to do when you need to make a package out of it and everything looks exactly the same through the four corners of bus windows. On the plus side, I did get to go shoot a couple really fun places along I-4 I’ve always wanted to have in pixels – just in case a hurricane come through and wipes them out someday – Dinosaur World and the lovely Airstream Ranch.
That’s the kitschy Florida I know and love.