The purpose for this site is to be a web home base for Steve and Marsha's next big adventure. Since that hasn't started yet, I'm just using it as a place to put stuff. Feel free to explore.
12/17/2016: There's work to do when we arrive, to get moved from Taylor to Hanna. The goal of staying a short drive away,
under 2 hours, is to have enough time and energy to be able to do enough to stay on Hanna the first night, comfortably.
There are many empty lots still in mid November, Riverside RV Resort is good about letting us park Taylor close to Hanna for
a week or more before they move Taylor into storage - at no extra cost. The minimum goal is to get the bed made, and move
enough food, drink, and clothing for the next 24 hours. We hire people that do work in the park (not employees of the park)
to clean the rig inside and out, hook up the power, deploy the 4 slide outs, and turn on the refrigerator at least a day
before we get there. I still needed to hook up the water and sewer. Both times we've had Hanna moved to a different lot,
I've had to couple on an addition 10' section of sewer hose to reach it. Fortunately the camp store sells them and is open
until 5 o'clock. I also had to turn on the propane for the stove.
Then there are other things we may need to sort out. This season, the first thing was we discovered the 40' LED TV didn't
come back to life. We were able to borrow Taylor's 24 inch until a replacement was ordered and received. The forward air
conditioner wasn't working properly so we had to have Gary's Mobile RV Service come fix it. The awning fabric was delaminating
and needed to be replaced. While Gary was here, they ordered a replacement and scheduled time to come back a few days later to
Then there is getting the Satellite TV working. This involves locating a spot on the ground to put the Tailgater so it has
an unobstructed view of the southern sky, calling Dish Network to have them change our location so we can receive the local
channels. I have to bring the receiver, hard disk, and remote control over and get it all set up. We also run a wire from
the Over The Air antenna through the Satellite receiver box. Once it is set up, it integrates the OTA channels into the program
guide so we are able to record 2 programs at the same time. Kind of a pain, but once set up it works well. We were able to get a
43" LED TV to replace the 40", and still fit it into the mount that lowers behind the fireplace when moving the rig. I still need
to remove the old and mount the new. For now the old is lowered, the new is on its stand sitting on top of it.
From there it takes a few days to get all of the personal effects and food moved, and get Taylor cleaned up and prepped as a guest
house should anybody come to visit over the winter. They finally moved the trailer into the storage lot yesterday. If some does
come to visit, it gets towed out of storage and parked on an available spot. That happened twice last winter, and worked out well.
Hanna's living room couch does fold out to become a self inflating queen size bed, but it takes up then entire living room - so that
isn't a solution for hosting guests.
Once settled in, I was able to get a repair estimate for the truck (from the accident in Richmond, IN), then take it in and rent a
car for 2-3 days. I used the same repair shop that worked on the old truck last April, American Auto Body in Port Charlotte. They do
good work. State Farm was great as always, they waived the $500 deductible because it wasn't my fault.
So yesterday, I was finally at a point where I could start constructing the routine to-do list. Things like mounting the TV, spraying
the lot with bug spray, replacing the corroded bathroom sink faucet, etc. Charlie got groomed this morning. Last Thursday was soup
night in the pavilion - 79 soups showed up. Here is a photo of us from the event:
12/17/2016: We arrived at Riverside RV Resort, where our 38' 5th wheel (Hanna) has been waiting for us on site #415, on Nov. 15.
The following is the summary of our commute:
11/5/2016: We made it to Darien, GA today - 180 miles.
10/17/2016: We spent 3 nights at an RV park in Gatlinburg, TN we've stayed at before. We went there because of a BBQ shack that
served up the best BBQ we had ever experienced last time. Wasn't the same - very disappointing. We did go back to a restaurant
that has a dog friendly room, that serves great food. That was still perfect. There's another new park outside of the area we'll
likely stay at next time through the area. We made the trek through the Smokey Mountain Nation Park to the beginning of the last
leg of the Blueridge Parkway from Cherokee to Asheville, so now we've done the entire parkway. We here in a park we stayed in last
spring, just south of Asheville, NC. Here for 3 nights, then on to Travelers Rest, SC to spend some time visiting with one of
Marsha's brothers and his wife, John and Carol.
10/23/2016: We found a very pleasant campground in Jamestown, Tennessee, about 150 miles south of the last park. That's our
kind of travel day. The park has no ATT service, but Verizon is ok. The park has good wifi, laundry, and showers. The cold
front has moved on, there was frost on the grass this morning, but by early afternoon it was back to tank top weather. We
didn't realize we were moving into the central time zone until we got underway. We've learned you can't buy alcohol on Sundays
in Tennessee, except drinks with a meal in restaurants. We also learned the Walgreen pharmacy section of the store doesn't
open until noon, at least the one near here. We also learned they can't sell the allergy pills Marsha needs to anyone with an
out of state driver's license. We would definitely come back to this park, but we would stay longer. There are many things to
see in the area, we just planned this stop as a 2 night layover on our way to Gatlinburg.
10/21/2016: Tonight is the last of a 3 night stay at a nice campground on the Kentucky river in Salvisa, KY. It was 80 degrees upon our arrival,
day 2 was cooler and rainy, today was even cooler and soggy. Because of a detour, there were more turns onto different roads than we've ever
experienced in a day. The park is celebrating Halloween tomorrow. Tomorrow should be a much easier travel day for us.
10/20/2016: I've been remiss in logging my stuff, I'm attempting to do a catch up now. We left Breezy for the winter on Monday, October 10th.
The main project for the summer was our garden. We hadn't planned to do anything else except keep up with our work work, watch the garden grow,
and enjoy life. New windows was the next most needy house project, but we were going to put it off until next year. Then a windows salesman
knocked on our door. They completed the project on time, so Breezy has new windows.
Closing the house for the winter and moving back into the trailer is hectic, a 2-1/2 drive is about all we want to do after that, we went to
Ortonville, MI, and spent 4 nights there. When I was getting the trailer road ready, I discovered the slide out was really hard to slide back in,
I had thought I could get away without annual service on the trailer, but regretted not having the slide out lubricated so we changed our plan
for the next destination, a place near a Camping World where we could get it done. That led to a 5 night stay in Richmond, IN. We stayed at a
great KOA one exit away from Camping World, handy to restaurants and shopping. A great find.
Our next stop was Salvisa, KY at a pleasant park on the Kentucky river. 15 minutes after we got underway, an out of control driver clipped the
front of the truck (The Beast) running a red light. Dealing with the police report and insurance claim was pretty efficient, we were delayed 45
minutes, so we were still able to make our destination before 5:00.
When the repair was done on the previous truck, I told the woman that waited on me it was a pleasure to meet you, but I hope to never meet you
again. State Farm is sending us there again when we get to FL. I will be able to tell them, "I'm back".
5/25/2016: We made it to Michigan today, to an RV park in Lansing. We've stayed here a couple of times in the past, this time we're in space 47A - looks like the nicest spot in the park.
It's only 141 miles to our house, that's a good amount of travel to arrive and still have energy and time to open up the house, rather than after a full day on the road. The following is
the list of details of the journey - the most direct route at the rate we travel - avoiding Atlanta, GA and minimizing time on I-75 as much as possible - 1554 miles, 13 days.
|Taylor's travels - Spring 2016
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