Thursday, October 23, 2014

On The Road Again

The clock alarm went off and sounded terrible this morning and it was tough getting out of bed.  We knew an early start was important so we forced ourselves to start the final loading of the motor home for the trip.  The car was also loaded to the gills with stuff heading for North Carolina. 

Cassie came by and helped us with all the work and also to visit and chat with us as we worked.  There were only small items to load and then we started work on winterizing the cabin.  There were lawn chairs to be stored, bikes brought inside and other small tasks to perform.  It was time to turn off the water pump and the outside electricity for the motor home. 

Our neighbors, Ken & Diane came over and helped us clean the leaves off the slideouts and then helped with guiding the motor home out of the tight spot it was parked.  It took a couple tries and we were finally on the road.  That's after I negotiated the narrow lane leading away from the cabin.  The entrance to the cabin has a couple really narrow spots where the trees are next to the road and also leaning over the road.

Gerry and Cassie followed me down the mountain and we hooked up the car in the Food Lion parking lot.  It was my first try at connecting the new hitch to the Honda and all went well.  Gerry did the inside part of the connection with the Brake Buddy and running the tranny through it's gears.  A quick light check and we were on our way to Chesterfield, VA for the night.  It was sad to tell Cassie goodbye, but we can't even begin to think about staying in the cabin over the winter.  We will chat with her often and keep up with the happenings of the girls and Jack.  We miss her already.

It was an easy drive except for a few miles where the wind buffeted us around a little.  I wasn't sure if the tail lights were working and wanted to get to the Pocahontas State Park before sunset.  I almost made it and only had to use the lights for the last 10 minutes of the trip.  As it turned out, the tail lights worked fine and I was concerned over nothing.

Our friends Carolyn & Mann dropped by the campground and brought a couple pizzas and some beer and we had a nice feast.  It was greatly appreciated after our busy and tiring day getting ready and being on the road.  We spent the evening chatting and discussing plans for them this winter and also our plans for the winter.  They are heading for Florida and we are going to Arizona so we won't see them until next summer.   It would be nice if we could convince them to make the drive to Arizona, but that isn't in the cards at the present time.  We bid them a fond farewell and are finishing up with some chores and then heading to bed.  

That was our day, how was yours?


  1. We're finally headed west. But I'm not sure I want to get to AZ too soon since they are having some record heat this week-end. Glad to hear you navigated that drive way without any issues. I get really nervous in a campground with lots of trees to get around.

  2. Yes it is supposed to be in the high 90's this week-end then cool off into the 80's. safe travels and will be anxious to see you both.

  3. No bikes this year? How will you get up to see us? I know, you'll walk. LOL