The bus driver carrying the delegates and their spouses was supposed to head north from St. Petersburg to Clearwater, but instead he turned south. By the time he figured out he was going in the wrong direction, he had turned what should have been a half-hour ride into a 90-minute odyssey.
Someone from the back of the bus alerted the driver to his mistake, said Dorothy Morgan, wife of Orleans County Republican Chairman Ed Morgan.
"The bus driver said he wasn't from around here and didn't know the way," Morgan said. "There was a police officer on board, and he didn't know where he was going, either."
Thankfully, the bus eventually arrived safety at the Hilton hotel on Clearwater Beach, where the New York delegation is staying.