Well, to start off: the wings didn't fall off, so there's that. (suck it ERAU). Digressing. Day 1 took a bit of replanning due to crap weather all across the Gulf panhandle. Low IFR departure out of KBAZ, typical IFR re-route from filed took a while, then on course. Had to swing wide to Meridian MS, then back down for a pincer move due to the weather. Didn't work exactly so I had to punch through a couple bands anyways, but not too terrible. Made for a bit longer day, but still made it to KFPR well before sunset. pRoFfEsSiOnAl level use of navigational charts..... Even while on leave, the work lunch crowd is never too far behind. Sunny arrival at KMEI for a quick gas n go. 4.0 flown. Cutting through the panhandle after finally beating the weather. Some high clouds to contend in C FL, but nothing convenctive. Happiest place on earth...if 99 dollar a day + parking and $12 water bottle night is your kinda thing. lol Day 1 on the books. KFPR in sight for 28L. 3.6 as flown. FBO was accomodating with the raft and gas, not as attentive as the folks in Meridian, but good enoug. The RON in Fort Pierce otoh, was the low point of the trip by far. I may have to make a different post about it someday. It was not a good experience, but I blame myself for not taking more time to research the ground logistics more, given I was so focused on the overwater portion of this long trip.