Monday, April 17, 2017

Traveling up the East Coast

In eleven days we will arrive "home" at Tuxbury Pond RV Resort in South Hampton, NH.

After leaving Georgia, we went to South Carolina. We continued to loosely follow the 2,2,2 rule: 200 miles a day, arrive by 2, stay 2 days. We could only get a one-day stay at the campground in Myrtle Beach, SC. Because we arrived by 2:00, we had plenty of time to meet Renee Zarate, an artist friend of Kay's. 

Kay and Renee Zarate

We continued our journey North into North Carolina with one of our stops being Camp Hatteras RV Resort in the Outer Banks. What a lovely area. If I plan a little further ahead, maybe I could get more than a two-day stay. It was a terrific campground and I would have loved to have had more time to explore the area.

Cape Hatteras Light

Interesting history of the ever-changing shoreline.

Checking my photos while waiting for our food at the Froggy Dog.

Continuing northward, we entered Virginia and stayed at a campground in Virginia Beach. While we were in Virginia, we met another artist friend of Kay's, Carol Porter in Newport News. This trip has allowed both Kay and me connect with friends that we have only met online.

Kay and Carol Porter

Today, we are in a lovely RV Resort in Delaware. Tomorrow, we are headed to Gettysburg for a week, followed by a rapid dash home.

Now the maps:

Our trip to date

A door inside our trailer showing the states where we have camped.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

There is Always Something that Needs to be Fixed

Owning an RV is like owning a sticks and brick home because there is always something that needs to be fixed. We moved two days ago and I checked the tires and added a little bit of air to two of them. I usually check the air pressure and lug nuts on the trailer before I tow it. Today, I forgot to do that, but when we stopped for lunch, I did a walk around the trailer. It was then that I noticed that three of my tires had developed small cracks in the sidewalls. It is Sunday, and no tire stores are open. I was still 88 miles from my destination. I decided to push on. I drove at a slower speed and stayed in the right lane and passed no one. We made it without blowing a tire. Monday, I will call around and hopefully find some tires in stock. We are stuck here until I can replace all four tires.

How I wish that was the only problem. Last night, I was unable to lock the door with the deadbolt. Today, because it was on my "honey do" list, I looked at the problem. The pin on the piano hinge was sliding out, so I tapped it back into place. It did not fix the problem. The tolerance on the strike plate was such that the small amount of sag that occurred caused the dead bolt to hit the strike plate. When I get home, I will find a friend with a vice so that I can modify the strike plate so that it accepts the deadbolt. For now, the strike plate is removed and the deadbolt works fine.

I have lots of things to take care of when we get home. The trailer needs to be washed and waxed. The generator needs to be run and checked. The slide-outs need to be lubricated again, as well as the rubber gaskets on the slide-outs. One scissor-jack needs to be replaced and the others lubricated again.

When we are constantly moving, routine maintenance is a problem. Fortunately, we stay in one location long enough to work on things when we are in New England or the desert Southwest. We are both looking forward to arriving home in fewer than three weeks--19 days, but who's counting.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Adventure Continues

We loved Texas. Maybe next year we can spend more time in Texas. Now it is time to head East and cross the Gulf states before the severe weather catches us. Our first stop after leaving Texas was Passport to Leisure RV Park in Robert, LA. We crossed the longest bridge in North America, Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, 23.8 miles long. Louisiana is one big swamp. So rather than pictures of a swamp, here are some pictures of what I fixed for lunch one day. 

 Tuna, Miracle Whip, green pepper and lightly toasted bread

 Add sliced tomato

 Add shredded cheddar cheese

Melt the cheese in the toaster oven

Tuna melt

Next stop, Wolf River RV Resort in Pass Christian, Mississippi.

Nice campsite

Jake loves a walk. He wants me to keep up. 

 Jake and I walked down to the beach at the river.

 Some of the blackberries were ripe and they were GOOD.

We continued East into Alabama and stayed at Wilderness RV Resort in Robertsdale, Alabama. A nice place, but, Florida, here we come! We stayed at Bee's RV Resort in Clermont, Florida. It was time to slow down and visit with friends.

Edie and Bill Constantine, both former co-workers at MGH 

Tammy and David Birkhead, artist friend of Kay

Kay has been an online friend of Tammy's for 8 years. It was nice for them to finally meet face to face. We met for lunch at Ford's Garage in Estero, FL, and I had to take a picture in the Men's Room.

Interesting sinks

Next, we headed to Vero Beach to visit with our friends Tom and Betty Smith.

Tom and Betty Smith

We have turned North and are starting up the coast toward New England. On April 5, 2017, we were at Southern Trails RV Resort. We spent the afternoon under a tornado warning. A tornado went by fewer than 15 miles South of our location. We watched the weather very closely.

To all of our friends in New England, we will see you soon. Less than a month before we return to Tuxbury Pond RV Resort, South Hampton, New Hampshire.

Our trip

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