Wow, we made it! Seventy-two days on the road, fifty-seven of them enjoying living in our Escape.
72 days and 8,692 miles – 12 days and 3,016 miles from home to ETI, 60 days and 5,676 miles from ETI to home
Shortest day of towing – 33 miles
Longest day of towing – 364 miles (the last day of the trip, from Ocean Springs, MS to home)
Average site cost per night - $18
MPG while towing - averaged 35% less than non-towing miles
It's all behind us now.
At least on this journey, we avoided leaving something attached to the trailer as we pulled out of the campsite, forgetting to raise the step, or having an ‘oh crap’ event with the sewer hose while dumping the tanks. However, “past performance does not guarantee future success,” or something like that.
It’s hard to choose a particular area, or place we stayed, as a favorite; all were enjoyable, some more than others. Yep, even had to try the "pavement camping" a few times. Partly because we wanted to see what it was all about, and partly because we were just in an area for one night before moving on. No problems or safety concerns with the parking lot overnighters and will likely occasionally do so again.
I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was towing the Escape as I had no prior experience towing a trailer. Both of us were quite comfortable with towing in all kinds of road and traffic conditions. However, I can't say the same for backing into a site for either of us; eventually (hopefully) we'll become more skilled with that piece of trailer life. For this trip, pull-through sites were much appreciated when they were available.
Getting home Monday had its moments though. I all but got stuck in my very wet yard; didn't quite get where I planned to park, but it will have to do until it dries out. And then, turned on the water to the house and found a pipe had frozen and split during one of the record cold spells while we were gone. For a time, I thought we would be moving back into the trailer in our back yard! However, the leak was found and fixed the next morning. Replacing some Sheetrock and repainting is still ahead of us.
What’s next? I’m looking forward to incorporating many of the great suggestions I have collected from the Forum, as well as coming up with some new ideas to make the Escape better fit our style of traveling and camping. Over the next few months there will be some Escapin' for shorter periods closer to home; this fall will find us on an extended trip through the Southeast region to revisit favorite places from previous trips as well as to find new places to make memories.
Photos from the last leg of our journey home can be found in the Galleries section at Cheryl's Digital Photography