Here's wishing all of our friends back in the NW a Happy Thanksgiving!
Someone here at the park organized a pot luck. The park provided the ham and turkey, and everyone else brought the usual to go with it. Of course I ate too much of a good thing. :E :R Oh well, it's only once a year. :C
The weather down here the past couple of weeks has been just like Seattle. A little rain, a little mist, a little wind and a little chilly. I think the past 3 or 4 days it has been warmer in Seattle in the morning than it has been here. It has warmed up during the day, but only into the upper 50's, low 60's.
We just moved from Seattle to Jacksonville FL. I planned out 400 mile days and we were on the road from 9am to at least 7pm, sometimes later depending on traffic and how many sopts we made. In the end, we decided that that was too long of a day because it seemed like we got up, maybe had breakfast before hitting the road, maybe a stop for lunch if we could find one, and maybe a late dinner when we got there. If we do it again, we'll be doing 300 mile days max.
Sorry to hear that. That is an odd one for sure...let you go then bring you back as a contractor. I hope you're getting paid more as a contractor though. :B
I know how you feel though. King County went to great lengths to get me to leave just so they could eliminate my position. That way, they didn't look like the bad guys that they really were. Oh well, I'm in not so sunny Florida now. :C
Yeah, it was warmer in Seattle than it was here this morning, and it still is at noon local time. Got to love the weather. :R :C
We finally put our heads and our notes together and put them on a blog where we'll post other stuff about our adventures on the east coast. If you want to read more details than what I posted earlier in this thread about our trip to FL, click here to read our blog. There is also a link in my signature. We posted daily notes as if we were posting daily while on the road, so you'd need to start reading at the end in order to start at the beginning of our trip, then start reading backwards. :B If that doesn't make sense, you'll figure it out. :B
It's supposed to get windy tonight and cold tomorrow night, around 40, but then warm back up by the weekend. Probably be warmer in Seattle than here in Jacksonville. :R
We're still hoping someone will step up to be the wagon masters for the rally. I know the rally isn't for another 6 months and most of the planning has already been done, but we still need to "pass the baton" (and all the supplies) to someone else.
BTW David - how is Florida this time of year ? ..Well, I opened the trailer door yesterday morning and thought I was back in Seattle, except for the temperature (about 65 instead of 45 :C). It was cloudy and in and out of drizzle on the way to work. Driving around here is interesting. Freeway speed limit is 65, so you think people would be cruising around 70, like they to south of Olympia. Nope. They're doing 75-80. I've been passed by 2 cops at different times doing about 75 while I'm around 70. Heck, if they're speeding, no wonder everyone else does. :R
We moved to Newport the day after Thanksgiving 1981, just after they had one of the worst November storms to date. When we drove into town, many of the business signs near the streets were blown out and debris was all over the place. You never know when a good storm will hit the coast, but fall and winter are probably the best time of year for a bad storm to hit.
Honeyman is a big park, and although not right on the ocean, it's close enough to get the brunt of any winter storm that hits the coast. It's a little protected, but not much. Cape Lookout is even worse, sticking out from the coast like it does. Let's hope for a calm winter along the coast. :C
First week of the new job has been pretty typical...not very productive...but next week should be better.
Went to Home Depot yesterday and picked up a battery bowered leaf blower to blow all the stuff off the roof from the trees around here. Was looking at the receipt this morning and discovered that the cashier didn't ring it up, so we got a $80 blower for free. I would try going back to the store to explain it, but they probably wouldn'b believe me.
I don't know what it is about Florida, but my sense of direction is all messed up down here. North is south, east is west, I'm all confused! :R Thank goodness for my GPS. :B And yes, I know that the sun comes up in the east and sets in the west. :R
I heard Seattle had a pretty good wind store the other day. My folks in Lynnwood were without power for almost 24 hours. Hope everyone is doing okay.
We made it to Jacksonville!!! Got here at 5pm (eastern time). Flamingo Lake RV Resort, space #7 will be home for a while. And this "resort" knows how to make paved level sites. :B
The roads through FL, AL and MS are lots better than CA or LA. I-10 looks like Paul Bunyon took a weed whacker and cleared a 500 foot wide path and that's where the road went. :B
I figured some of the blog thing on blogger.com, so when Laura and I have time, we're going to go back and write up more about our journey and post it there, and I'll you all know when we do the first post so you can read about it if you like. :)
Got lots of exploring to do and scouting things out, like where to get a good hair cut. :C
I think Bob is thinking of a different bridge cuz this one (I-10) was long, flat, but not that high.
We got to Florida Springs RV Resort & Campground in Bonifay FL (112 miles from the western border on I-10) around 7:30 local time. Took a little jokey-ing of the trailer to get into the site and in a spot that was fairly level (yep, dirt/gravel again). What is it with these southerners and "resort"? Do they think that it means more than just grass? :R :B
Anyhow, we thought we had a good drive today until we got the trailer situated and opened the door. A few of the Corelle bowls and saucers fell out of the cupboard above the sink onto the floor and shattered into a million pieces. If you have ever seen a Corelle plate break, you know what I mean. :E If not, just imagine a glass plate breaking into a million pieces and you'll get the idea. Little shards of glass EVERYWHERE! Got it all (hopefully) cleaned up.
Tomorrow we'll be in Jacksonville. Yipee!!! :C :C :C
We waved to the left and we waved to the right, but nobody waved back. :( They must have been doing whatever they do down here in your old neck of the woods. :B
You guys were right Louisiana roads are worse than California, but just the concrete parts. The asphalt sections (90%) are fine. Somewhere along the way today the road was so rough, the vertical blinds in our back window broke off from the overhead cabinenit. But they weren't put on real great either...8 wood screws that are too long along the 8' blind screwed into the thin wood paneling underneath the cabinet. There should be a 1"x2" or something behind it, but there isn't. :R :E :R
Arrived at River Town Campground in Mississippi in the dark, so can't really say if the park looks nice or not, but we found it a lot easier than the one last night. Off to Bonifay FL tomorrow, hoping Mississippi roads are better. ;B
We came to the conclusion that CA highways are some of the worst, at least so far. Seems like the whole state is under road construction. :R
Left Holbrook AZ KOA early yesterday and it was about 30 degrees out. I-40 in NM was the best road so far, at least until you came to EVERY overpass! Seem that they don't know how to do a smooth transition from asphalt to concrete. :E Stopped at a few rest areas and man was it windy! No wonder we've been getting great gas mileage with probably a 10-20mph tail wind.
Tucumcari KOA was pretty nice. Not too close to the freeway, but you could still hear it, And the train whistles were a bit farther out in the distance. :B Had a really great breakfast before leaving. Same wind in TX as in NM. Hwy 287 from I-40 down towards Fort Worth is a good road. At Northlake Village RV Park near Roanoke TX. Looks like a nice park (in the dark). :), but a little tricky to find. It's away from the highway, but on the flight path to some airport. I think it's DFW. :R Got a gravel site right by the office. It's not level. :R
Tomorrow, the rest of TX, through LA and into MS.
Gee Bob, I'm not sure if I should thank you for the warning or not. :B
Yeah, CA-99 was bad!!! 58 was pretty good today though. Went over some mountains on I-40 today that topped out at around 7,335 feet. MPG was around 6.3 on that stretch, but we had a stretch on Thursday that we got 9.3. Yeah, 9.3! We have NEVER gotten above 8 towing. Must have been going downhill with a stiff tail wind. :B Averaging 7.8 mpg on the trip so far, and that's pretty good in my opinion.
At Holbrook AZ KOA now. Lots better than Barstow, and not next to the freeway. Off to KOA of Tucumcari NM tomorrow.
I kinda goofed on the route planning. Didn't know we would be so close to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Otherwise would have spent a day in Williams. Oh well, we were at the north rim a few years ago. We'll get back here again someday.
We stayed at French Camp RV Park Resort and Golf course last night near Manteca CA, but "Resort" should not be part of their name! First problem, we got there after the office closed, even though Laura talked to them on the phone 20 minutes before we got there telling them we were on our way. Once the office is closed, good luck getting in the gate. No after hours phone, nothing by the door for us (like other CG's do for late arrivals).
Fortunately, the security guy let us in and off we went in search for a site. No idea which one was assigned to us, so we just picked one that looked good. So much for that idea. :R A concrete pad that isn't level?!?!? Come on! Narrow roads that made turning into any space tricky due to the large rocks that were place near all 4 corners of the concrete pad (but on the grass). What a PITA! When I called to make reservations, there was no mention of all the road construction going on in the area, either on hwy 99 or near I-5. That would have been nice to know ahead of time. :R Popped the power pedestal circuit breaker with the AC on and an electric griddle. Guess the park power ain't so great either. Oh, and right next to CA-99, so pretty noisy. Needless to say, we would not recomment this park to anyone. We left before the office opened. Couldn't wait to get out of there.
The drive from 7 Feathers to Manteca was pretty good until we got to Stockton. We hit THE WORST stretch of freeway EVER!!! I thought for sure the trailer was going to come apart, or at a minumum, something inside was going to be broken. But everything stayed in one peace, thank goodness.
Now we are at the Barstow/Calico KOA, just east of Barstow. Typical KOA...right next to the freeway (I-15). :R But it's convientent on our way, so we will put up with the noise. Other than that, it's a nice park. Most of the drive today was pretty good except for the first part of the day when we were still on CA-99 which is mostly under construction. Once we turned off on to hwy 58, the road was much smoother. Went up and over a pretty good pass (Tehachapi Summit) on 58. About 15 miles of uphill 3-6% grade, or so says my Montain Pass Directory. I think a few short stretches were closer to 7%.
Heading for Holbrook AZ KOA tomorrow. We'll see how that one is. :B
Thanks for the invite to park at your place, but I'm afraid we won't be that close. After 7 Feathers, I believe we're in Manteca, then Barstow where we'll take I-40 through AZ and NM, then drop down to I-20 around Dallas, follow that for a bit before dropping down to I-10 in MS (I think) and straight into JAX.
Our adventure to Florida starts tomorrow morning. Hope to be on the road by 10 at the latest. First stop, 7 Feathers, then 2 stops in CA and one in AZ, NM, TX, MS and one in FL before we (hopefully) reach Jacksonville next Thursday. I'm hoping to stop by the Federal Way scales to see how much this little trailer of ours weighs now with everything in it, but that number might be a little scary. :E
We will miss all of you, but you never know...we just might connect down the road somewhere. I ran into an old co-worker from 5 years ago here at the park in Bothell.
I will post updates of our journey when I can.
Still looking for a new wagonmaster to take over for us. :B