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Old 11-06-2018, 02:27 PM   #11
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I did a lot of business travel during my career. Due to that, most of the ones I knew assumed that my “break in trip” from Chilliwack to Asheville would be heavily planned. But instead, I called it “the crooked road home” and had no initial itinerary except for a beginning date and location and an ending date and destination. It was fantastic! We kept the drive to 150-200 miles per day. Each night I would plan the next days travel. Only stayed in one commercial campground and made very few reservations. (Stayed in federal, state, county, municipal, etc) Today, my trips are much more scripted and I dislike paying reservation fees. There are just too many fellow campers in the populous SE US. Either way, I feel lucky to travel. Just me and my indoor cat these days.

Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything - Charles Kuralt
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:46 PM   #12
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Thanks every one for chiming in-

Day 1, we just settled in the Alliance RV Resort in Marianna, Fl.

We started about 11 from Orlando, drove 330 miles in 5 hrs most of it in rain & with low visibility, I wanted to reach before the sunset for ease in hooking up.
We saw the devastation of Hurricane Michael up close with lots of uprooted trees along I-10 & the destruction of houses, lights & street signs in this small town in the Florida Panhandle. Mother nature with 140 mile wind & rain at its worst, I dread to imagine the sad scene in Mexico City, which is not too far from here.

As we are still new to camping, DW insists on making reservations, it does ease up my mind & gives me a sort of destination for the days drive. It was a great help today in this persistent rain. As we gain time, we may be get to be comfortable in the foot loose & fancy free ways of the seasoned campers in our forum.

Our dog, ' Happy ' keeps looking up at us in this small 17B space & seems to be praying " Please do not step on me".Thanks everyone for your comments, am sure I will have questions in due time, more in next, with regards.

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Old 11-06-2018, 07:04 PM   #13
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In Ocrober 2013 after bringing our new to us 17B a month previous we went to Sedona. That was when a Govt Shutdown made us go to boondocking as we weren't going to pay $60/night at Rancho Sedona(nice park btw). Been doing that as much as possible ever since.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:03 AM   #14
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Regarding winging it across this continent... that's what GPS, WalMarts, Cabelas, Cracker Barrels, etc., are there for (except for in metropolitan New York/New Jersey/Philly/Hartford, etc)

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Old 11-07-2018, 11:06 AM   #15
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and highway rest areas....
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Old 11-07-2018, 12:22 PM   #16
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Freedom of choice is a wonderful thing. An Escape Trailer gives us the option of choosing longer or shorter drive days, commercial parking lots, rest areas, public or private campgrounds. We all get our first choice
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Old 11-07-2018, 12:29 PM   #17
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If you need anything when you're passing through Austin PM me. Where are you staying in the Austin area? Our 5.0TA will be rolling onto the production floor in a few weeks, the anticipation is building.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:07 PM   #18
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Day 2 - At the Goshen Springs Campground in Brandon, Ms. Another rain & fog filled driving day from Mobile Al to Jackson/Brandon Ms.

The best part of the day was a nice and calming drive on a small section of the Natchez Trace Pkwy, with lots of trees & Pearl river on the side. I got educated on its long history with Bison, American Indians & its use as a trade path.

David, we will be staying with my brother in Austin.

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Old 11-08-2018, 08:06 PM   #19
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Day 3 - At Fernbrook RV Resort, Longview Tx.

Drive from Jackson Ms was uneventful, except the state of I 20 needs improvement in Ms & La, our Camper got its earthquake like conditions alright driving to here today.
The food spilled in the Refrigerator, Lids fell off the added increased width Sewer Hose Carrier and the Rhino sewer hose fell off somewhere on the road. We purchased a new sewer hose - Revolution from Walmart today, will need to store it in the Front Storage in a bag, as its width may not fit in the sewer hose carrier which came on the Camper.
Anyway, we learn to make quick adjustments when on the road.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:06 AM   #20
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Your Journey

Thanks for taking us on your journey and I always say you never loose anything it just finds a new owner so your sewer hose has a happy new owner. Imagine that guys wife, Hey Honey you wont believe what I found today !!!!!!!

I envy you and will admit wish I was doing what you are doing. I had a major change in my career status in February and since then I'm having a hard time getting motivated to work and find myself wishing for some open road. Financially I think its doable but will admit my concern is how much $$$$ is enough especially when you have no retirement benefits all self funded (not sure I trust SS to be there at least for all my retirement years). Yes at 56 that would be great to retire now but unfortunately my best 1/2 is not in a position yet to retire so I've just warned her honey you might have to miss me some in the next few years.

As far as the 21' goes we went from a 17' Casita to the 21' Escape and 2 weeks ago was our first trip together, it rained the whole 3 days so spent more time indoors then usual and all the extra space you get in the 21' is all one would ever need.

Enjoy the travels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Safe and fun travels to all,


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