We’ve had some epic journeys for the Road Trip of the Week this season, so Florida’s trek to Tallahassee seems short in comparison.
Our friends at Google tell us that it’s only 155 miles from Gainesville to Doak Campbell Stadium and that it will take about two-and-a-half hours to make the trip.
Here’s the route:
Why the game could be good: First of all, it’s a rivalry game. Florida leads the all-time series, 34-24-2, but the Seminoles have won three games in a row — including a 27-2 thumping last season at The Swamp.
Florida State isn’t playing for much but bowl positioning and pride in this one, but Florida has an outside shot at slipping into the College Football Playoff.
The Gators need a win on Saturday, followed by another against Alabama in the SEC title game and a whole lot of help, but there is a path for them to earn a spot.
Injuries are an issue for Jim McElwain’s team. Quarterback Luke Del Rio, linebacker Jarrad Davis and six other starters — linebacker Alex Anzalone, safety Marcus Maye, quarterback Luke Del Rio, center Cam Dillard, safety Nick Washington and defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. — are all slated to miss the game.
That’s pretty much the same group that missed last week’s win at Tiger Stadium, so it has been done before.
Stop for food: Lake City seems like a logical place to stop for a bit to eat if you’re feeling the need to break up the journey.
Want something simpler? Ole Times Country Cafe might be a good bet. There are plenty of chain restaurants listed on TripAdvisor, but you can eat at a Texas Roadhouse anywhere. Sample some local culture every chance you get.
What to see along the way: If you’ve ever hummed Camptown Races or Oh! Susanna, you should stop in White Springs and hit the Stephen Foster Museum.
Foster never lived in or even visited Florida, but it’s still a good place to learn a little more about the “Father of American Music.”
What to do besides watch football: The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is 68,000 acres of beautiful Sunshine State marshes and creeks. It’s home to more wildlife than a weekend’s worth of The Discovery Channel.
Tailgating: It’s not really up to SEC standards, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t places to whet your tailgating appetite. Try the booster lots close to the stadium.
Parking: Read up on your options here.
Need a postgame bite or drink? I’ve heard some good things about Bullwinkle’s Saloon, on West Tennessee. Plenty of good drink specials and atmosphere.