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Old 12-17-2018, 07:13 PM   #1
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THIRD TIMES A CHARM LIVE OR SORT OF

Friday morning saw me up at 5:30 am and after the coffee was done I had a cup and at 6 went out to start the coach's heat system up. With generator running I ran the heat pump and disconnected the power line from the outlet. Lucille was up when I came in and we started to get the last minute things together to pack up put in the coach. The kids knew something was up and wanted to help. As 8am neared I got more and more agitated as less and less was getting done ane more to be done got added to the list. We had the news on and they were talking rain and fog developing for the majority of the morning. Once my concerns were heard we put things in gear and got on the road at 9.
Fog and rain did in fact form shortly after we left and this was what I drove through for the 1st 100 miles or so. Happily as I skirted DC both lifted and we had tolerable weather till just south of Richmond. That was were we ran into rain again. Happily it was light and I felt very comfortable doing 60 as we motored south on I 95. It did let up enough to hit a rest stop and walk around a bit and take the Girls with us. Katie like usual was ready and trying to bull her way around and Sky discovered Lucille and I wouldn't be executed if she went while on a leash. At 3:30pm we pulled into Carolina Crossroads and found out the group that had booked all the premium sites had cancelled and we had our choice. should have gone and looked at them but I took the one closest to the dog park. Nice site but tight and thanks to the rain now falling it was ponding in spots. For 1 night it was okay and maybe in better weather I would go for it again but next time I ask for the one with the Gazebo. Had the 1st tray of Lasagna for dinner and went to bed after taking the girls out once last time around 11
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Sorry you had fog and rain to start the trip. Hope your next day is better.
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Sorry you had fog and rain to start the trip. Hope your next day is better.
Weather happens. All I can do is accept it and alter our plans as needed. Wasn't too bad only had to drop to 50 mph but extra road time takes a toll.
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Weather happens. All I can do is accept it and alter our plans as needed. Wasn't too bad only had to drop to 50 mph but extra road time takes a toll.
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Yay, you're on your way and, despite the weather, sounds like the drive so far is going Ok.
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Yay, you're on your way and, despite the weather, sounds like the drive so far is going Ok.
Took our time and drove the conditions not the speed limit.

QUOTE=Colexis Mom;4692946]Glad you made it to your first stop![/QUOTE]
So was I I needed to get out from behind the wheel without Katie pulling mey arm from the socket cause she can't decide what to explore first.
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We chose them because of their location not too far from home, easy access to and from I 95 and 3 of 5 major(?) cities we need to pass are now behind us.
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Good start Cam and trip stayed safe
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Day 2 Travel Day
Today was a Saturday and with no larger cities on the route I couldn't get too upset that Lucille found ways to keep us from getting on the road till 9 am. Todays objective is Camp Lake Jasper in Hardeville SC. So from 10 miles into NC from Va. to 10 miles from Ga. on the SC side. Weather was once again not going to be on our side. Rain was in the forecast till mid afternoon and they were right. Happily it was spotty and never all that heavy. We were very disappointed at our favorite Cracker Barrel as the 3 spots for trucks/ RV's each had a Prius. A VW or a Camery in them. Lucille caught site of the next one 20 miles away and said keep on going their parking lot is full. Best part of today was when we stopped for fuel. We have Good Sam associated fuel card for use at Pilot /Flying J truck stops and the one at exit 170 in Florence SC has 2 dedicated RV lanes made things so much easier. (Our gas cap is in the rear cap of the coach.) We pulled into CLJ just after 4 pm. Basic routine of bare set up followed by dog park followed by dinner (Tray 2 of the Lasagna) We wanted to turn in early but the Girls have a routine at home and know when 11pm arrives and it's time for last time out and their nite nite cookie.

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Today's destination is Lazy Days outside of Tampa. I did convince Lucille that as we had over 400 miles to travel today I really wanted to leave by 8, Well sort of we were pulling out of the gate at 8:30 forgot that I had to pull the Jack pads out of the mud and take our trash to the dumpster Need to plan for that in the future. Still I will take it. The weather for once was in our favor, The sun was out and only a light breeze. Thank heaven for automatic Solar and Night shades as the driver 's side is on the East when Heading South. We have both read enough of the problems others (Not just RVers have had with I 4 thru Orlando to know to avoid it. I asked some fellow RVers on DisBoards and GOOGLED them and decided that 95 to SR409 to SR528 to SR 417would work best for us. EZee Pass now works with Sun Pass so that was a blessing Got here at just after 4:30 and when we got tto our site it was the same one we had last Oct when we bought the Banshee
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Sounds like Day 2 and 3's travel was good. How neat that you got the same camping spot as when you bought the coach. Hope all continues to go well.
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