Alas, as we get up in life, and are more preoccupied with our affairs, even a holiday is a thing that must be worked for...
....so true! Especially even more so in these modern times...
We enjoyed driving, last October, from within 130 feet of Steinbeck's house (on Long Island-- Sag Harbor) on his route to the New London Ferry (where he crossed the Long Island Sound, from the Orient Point departure, commencing his journey)...we've already driven most of Steinbeck's eastern route; we can tack on now the leg from his driveway to Orient Point :)
The other side...
...say, 1.2 million Canadians vacation and spend long periods of time in Mexico every year, and:
"On average, three Canadians for every 100,000 visiting Mexico are killed or assaulted per year, according to more than a decade's worth of data from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs." (CBC 2012)
...so, what if it were 4 (0.004%) ? Or, 5 (0.005%) ? We're moving there....permanently :B
20 million Americans visited/vacationed/lived in Mexico in 2011...and 120 Americans were killed in Mexico in 2011 (0.0006%) Obtaining an American citizenship before spending long-term in Mexico is good for your well-being :B
...a big fuss about nothing.
Nice job. Very versatile.
We have a fixed U-shaped dinette (like in your top photo) in our pop-up Outfitter (8 foot camper tub, for 8 foot truck bed), but it would have been nice to have the full wide benches once in a while.
We remove the dinette table top and slide it under the cab-over mattress if we want to have a full "living room" effect.
We're still looking for a metal articulating under-tabletop receiver, so we can articulate the table-top in many different configurations. No luck yet.
No matter how you paint your position, hammer the nail, push your finger into the chest of a non-believer, we all have our own experiences and opinions. For me, I am a better person for having all of you to share yours with me.
....very well said! Well played thread.
hey folks.......seems that something goes wrong here......... ;-) In Germany, kids (!) get 6 weeks of holidays in summer !!! Working people get a total of between 25 and 30 days of vacation for the whole year. Many families spent their holidays in summer between 2 and 3 weeks of duration.
Ah. Interesting Felix. This is good to keep in mind.
WOW! That is some super interesting terrain!
A "friend" of our family has been trying to acquire legal ownership of his family's home/property situated in East Germany, since "The Wall" fell. It was a very, very, very long and complex process, that has only recently been accomplished.
This has been one very well conducted trip report, and most interesting discussion.
Wow! Beautiful camper, beautiful story, beautiful photos!!
I was shaken when a Mercedes passed us at over 180 KPH (115 mph) practically blowing my doors off. It came up so fast that I did not see the sedan approaching.
...hah. Last month, on our way back from Florida, just crossing the North Carolina line, a "red low sports car" blew by us at what I guestimate to be ~250+ kph. We were doing the 70 MPH (113 kph) limit (in the SUV)....
We talked to the director of Hammerhofen, Rolf Soujon, about camping in Germany. He explained that the largest crowds were in July when most families have 5-6 weeks of “holiday”...
....wow. I always love the "proper" holiday the Europeans get. Try and do this with your job in the US or Canada, and you'll find yourself on the street holding a box with your personal office items in it (unless you are on a university sabbatical, or similar). Even taking 4 straight weeks rankles A LOT of feathers. Ya have to break up your holiday (if you're lucky enough to have 4, 5, 6 weeks) into 2 week stints in today's economy :B
....we are in the middle of this "storm" as I write. IMO, if you live north of the latitudes from Albany, NY, to Cleveland, to Detroit, to Chicago, to Omaha, to southern Wyoming...I would wait till at least May 2nd to migrate home. It is bloody cold north of this line, snowy, and warm/cold fickle (ie. one day it can be 50F the next, 15F !).
The Weather Channel has unilaterally decided to "name" noteworthy storms (unlike scientific naming of tropical storms, under an industry-wide (spanning the Globe) naming convention). This started in 2012 appx. They argue that naming (winter) storms makes it "easier" for the layperson to track individual systems (say, if 3 systems are going to strike the US over short periods of time)...
On the flip side, other WX companies (weather expert providers) argue that naming storms only adds to confusion, confusing "media spin" with science.
I personally prefer that every storm that comes by isn't named. YMMV
Google looks like 30 hrs drive time, so I am thinking 3x10 hr drive each day...
....that's 83.3 MPH and not a second under the entire way....carrying a large truck camper. You'll be breaking every speed limit on every road you travel on. Also, what if you hit traffic? You have to go through numerous "choke points" along any route I can see; this will almost certainly kill your destination clock (3 days ticking down...).
We drive to north Florida from Canada in 2.3 days in a pretty well equipped SUV for speed, with tires rated at 115 MPH, and collision avoidance system, and it takes me about 2 days to 3 days to recover from the heavy psycho-physical toll on my system, staying 120% alert during the drive absolutely demolishes your physical health doing 7~9 hours actual driving a day. So, I personally would never do this driving a large pick-up, with a swaying load perched on the bed at such velocity. And, on top of that, 10 hours of driving a gas-hungry truck at a tremendous fuel premium (83 MPH will give you hellacious gas OR diesel mileage), you will need to make numerous looooong refuel stops (probably 6), at say 40 minutes a stop (really, a pit-stop), will add AT LEAST 4 hours to your 30 hours. Forget about visiting anything along the way. So, at this time of the year, you will be doing quite a bit of night driving, probably quite fatigued.
If this were me, I would reconsider the daily mileage/destination/speed. But, hey, YMMV.
Good luck with it! This certainly wouldn't be my plan.
Second; not all systems require a zip code when using a credit card.
...yep. Correct. Happened at ~4 stations: swipe and fill (no PIN or ZIP required), using a Canadian chip card...
It is the Merchants who don't want to spend the money to upgrade terminals that is the real hold up.
....yep. Correct. This is what we were told by a good selection of retailers.
Auto transmissions now-o-days are light years ahead of the ones made even a decade ago. The loss in mpg's, visavis a manual has evaporated.
...man, you can say that again! Its nary impossible to find a stick in todays trucks (the exception: a Jeep Wrangler). Virtually every high-end sports car (even those costing well in excess of $200,000) have auto (paddle) shifters. I don't think that there is anyone alive that can outshift an automatic in a work truck-- either a Unimog electro-automatic EAS, or North American full-sized 6 or 8 speed auto pick-up -- (or, in the sports car genre: do a 2 Porsche competition: a stick 911 against a 911 GT3 auto tranny....the auto GT3 will win every time). The World's most sophisticated supercar-- the Aston Martin Vulcan ($2.6 million US), used a steering wheel mounted Xtrac, the transaxle sequential (TS) gearbox (this new road car will compete with a Formula 1 track car).
...that being said, I LOVE a stick, not because they are better than modern contemporary auto trannies, but because they are just fun to drive. We've been toying with getting a Wrangler (old and well used) just for the pure pleasure of driving a stick.....again.
...here's a view at low tide from our campsite, Wolfe's Neck, Maine, September:
Afternoon (4 lighthouses are visible at night, as a bonus):
Here's a view from our camper on the OBX (Outer Banks, NC), mid June:
Pamlico Sound-side, looking out the window of our camper:
Nothing like ocean-front :B
....anyone for a ...night in Rodanthe... ?
...drove 2300 miles with the bed mat in the bed, and tailgate off (8 foot bed; 2500 HD). I had a 70 LB cargo bag pressure-strapped to truck's two bed lugs at the bed bulkhead, the 70 LBS of cargo sitting on the rubber mat. YMMV.
Those areas are not low in cost, though. Maine campgrounds are pricey on the coast.
...$700 a month range on the Maine coast full hook-ups for "season" (May 15-October 15), view of the ocean from several sites. Huge lots; launch kayaks from the campground. Ocean-front lots are cheaper, but the ocean-fronts are water only (ie. you need to be self-sufficient, with solar or generator). Waterfront (ocean-side) lots are huge.
...or, summer on the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina. Several seasonal rates campgrounds there --we camp here on skip years (ie. every 2 years in early fall)...
....did you ever ski the waterfall (exit the tram at summit of Big Jay, ski down ~200 feet; climb over the rocks on your left, put skis back on, then ski nearly under the tram line...pretty close to a vertical wall of powder (about 200 feet oblique from tram line) ?
...other fave was: "The UN" (on the smaller little Jay, left side of T-bar going up)
Oh, on edit: my fave hills out west are: Sunshine, and Fortress (in the Kananaskis). Skied Fortress in the early '70s, nearly every weekend for 2 seasons...
We hiked it (Vail) in 2004 (most recently). A buddy of mine (and 3 friends) got the special pass they give to "royalty visitors" of foreign countries (from the then executive running Vail): they flew everyone out to Vail from Montreal; lodged them, gave everyone a Hummer for the week, and had a stand-by chopper near the lodge for heli skiing the whole week (you carry a special "passport" on you and flash it everywhere you go in Vail for special service)...then flew everyone back to Montreal (on board Vail's private aircraft)
Here's a shot of Jay I made the last weekend it was open last spring (May 2nd 2015), looking at Big Jay and the back-side of Ice Haus Arena & obliquely, Tram Haus Lodge...I made this photo from the Jay Resort Golf Course parking area.
...I skied Smuggs many, many a time; and use to visit the "Topnotch" tennis championships; "Stowe Open" (many years ago) in Stowe, VT. I've met and talked to nearly every top ranked tennis world champion from the 80s. Back then, you could walk back to the lodge talking with the world's top champions without being mobbed :-)
....we (and Sabconsulting in the RV following us) drove by the Killington Skyeship base lodge last September. Pretty impressive facility. I've never skied Killington (too far from home-base), but would have liked to. I skied primarily Jay Peak, and the most distant was Smuggler's Notch.
I was looking at the stats for Killington season opening (historically mid to early October). And their season has been shortening since about 2007 (November), with a few earlier (normal) years...
Jay Peak is open now, with 49 trails and 9 lifts open (roughly a 30 inch base)....this mountain is kind of in a snow/cold pocket in the Vermont mountains.