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On to Mt. Morris, New York

We spent a quiet night in Gettysburg at the Artillery Ridge Campground – no TV and limited Internet.  We both turned in pretty early.  It was a cool night and we never turned on the air condition but still slept well.  Of course it could have something to do with exhaustion.  I didn’t sleep well Saturday night and although Jerry did he also drove 496 miles yesterday with only short breaks.

Still cool and beautiful in Gettysburg. Turned on the fireplace for the first time this fall. We pulled out at 8:47.  The lady in the office told me the route to the Finger Lakes was easier going through Harrisburg.  Interestingly enough the Clarion GPS has us driving 20 miles less and arriving 30 minutes later than the Garmin.  I can’t figure out the difference although I think it might have something to do with the settings.  Although it’s a cool day it’s sunny without a cloud in the sky.

As we drove along the beautiful Susquehanna River at a stretch called Dauphin Narrows I spotted a statue in the river that looked a lot like the Statue of Liberty. After our arrival I googled it and it is indeed a white replica of the Statue and can really only be seen from the highway unless unless you’re brave enough to ford the treacherous waters.  Amazing!

10:01 stop for gas in Duncannon – gas is $2.27 – more expensive than NC but cheaper than NY – 61 degrees – beginning to see subtle changes in the color of the trees – very breezy

As we drove through Pennsylvania we saw some interesting signs:  High DUI Crash Area; Watch for Aggressive Drivers; Watch for Amish; Don’t Tailgate; Orange Detour, Red Detour, Blue Detour.  By the time we got in New York we saw numerous signs indicating places to stop to text.  We’re not in Kansas anymore Dorothy!

Just after crossing the New York state line we stopped for lunch about 1:20 finishing up the pimento cheese.  After a quick 20 minute lunch we headed on to Mount Morris arriving just before 3:00.  Again the two GPS’s gave us different directions but this time we decided to go with the Garmin since we know the Clarion will send us on narrow, not RV friendly roads.  From what the lady at the check in told me going with Garmin was a good choice.

We were checked in The Ridge Campground by 3:00 but setting up took longer than usual.  This is the first pull in that is not a pull through that we’ve ever used.  I feel backwards but the view out of the front window and to the side is beautiful.  Leveling has gotten to be quite a challenge as we keep getting an “excessive slope” message.  We used the auto level and got it pretty level and then continue manually until we think it’s livable.  Parking on gravel makes it more difficult.  Let’s hope it doesn’t rain!

While the oven was pre-heating we went on a walk around the campground.  It appears that most of the campers are seasonal with very few travelers.  I really prefer staying in a campground that has more travelers as we meet more people.  Haven’t talked to anyone here.

There is no cable but after two phone calls to Dish Jerry was able to connect the satellite so he can watch the football games tonight.

Warmed up the hamburgers from Saturday evening and fixed some french fries.  A good meal for a traveling day.  Planning to go to Letchworth State Park tomorrow.

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Headed to Gettysburg, PA

What a day or two in one!  Our plan was to leave the horse show grounds by 8:00 this morning and we pulled out of the site at 7:58 – wish I could say it was good planning but we were just lucky! We had put up all of the outside things last night and as much inside as was possible. I even got my clothes out.

I woke up about 6:00 although I couldn’t get to sleep last night. In fact it was after 12 before I finally went to sleep. Don’t know why but I do know that we’ve haven’t gone on another RV trip when I have had such mixed emotions about going. With the world situation like it is and Mom’s declining health I just can’t get too excited about going. Surely do hope everything turns out ok!

When we saw Rick this morning he asked what route we were planning to take and we said just following the GPS which would put us on 95 around Washington, DC. We have heard so much about the stop and go traffic there even on a Sunday morning so we asked Rick what he suggested. He suggested going to Wytheville, VA and taking 81N out of there so that’s what the plan is. We’ve been to Wytheville before but beyond that … it will be mountains instead of traffic. I don’t know what the mileage difference is but will find out. Our route home takes us right straight down 95 so if this is better we will surely use it coming home.

Rest Area – Welcome Center Virginia – 10:33 – 64 degrees and breezy – fills like fall
10:48 back on the road

The way that Good Sam routed us had us going 338 miles from Raleigh. Of course that was on I95. We have been in Virginia a little over 10 minutes and according to my Garmin GPS we have 338 miles to go. Before we stopped at the Welcome Center I started looking at MapQuest, Garmin, etc. Finally with trepidation I told Jerry how far we had to go to get to Gettysburg. Since we didn’t have to put down a deposit I could cancel that reservation and we could stop sooner. The GPS has us arriving at 4:24 but that’s with no stops. Jerry said he feels good right now so we’d just play it by ear. It’s a bit overcast and a little breezy and even though it’s four lanes the traffic is pretty heavy – all this say, he may get tired more quickly. I had offered to drive – thank goodness I didn’t. We’re already in mountains and traffic! Wow!

12:34 We stopped for gas and lunch at a Pilot in Troutville, VA near Roanoke. Gas was $1.93 and must be the cheapest around because it is very crowded. Although we planned to eat lunch when we stopped for gas we cannot eat here. It’s a small station with no parking lot. There are many diesels in and out plus lots of cars. Busiest small station I’ve ever seen! There were books on the cement pillar next to the gas pump apparently for an exchange. Women Who Taste, Make and Enjoy Wine and Old Dog Pictures were just two of them! That’s a wide range!

Brief stop at rest stop in Mt. Sidney, Va. About 2:40 – still 164 miles to go.

Mount Jackson, VA –saw a water tower with apples painted all around the top
We have seen leaves intermittently falling but everything is still pretty green. It has been a lovely drive, cloudy and overcast at times and then partly cloudy. Never a bright sun shine in our faces.

Jerry is following his Clarion GPS and I am following the Garmin. When I mentioned to him that he had to take exit 315 in two miles he said nope, he had about 15 more miles to go before the exit. As we discussed which GPS to follow we passed by Exit 315 so we continued with the Clarion. We briefly passed through West Virginia and then into Maryland and then … into a state park (never did find out the name of the park). It was a two lane curvy road and a U-turn with speed limits from 15 to 35. Jerry did such a terrific job even though it was at the end of a very long day. What started out to be a 338 mile drive turned into 496. Except for the state park fiasco in Maryland (which we laughed all the way through) the roads were all four lanes and traffic wasn’t too bad although there were many big trucks on the highway. We passed two! The rest passed us.

We finally got to Artillery Range Campground just before 6:00, 10 hours on the road. We have no cable, no TV reception and very limited Internet but that’s ok. I think it’ll be a quiet restful night. We had dinner and then walked around the campground for just a bit. It’s a beautiful fall night and several people have their campfires going.

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Troubles Getting on the Road

An Interesting Day

With plans to leave from the Finger Lakes from the NC State Championship Horse Show on Sunday we hopefully made all the preparations for the 18 day trip before leaving Raleigh on Tuesday bound for Raleigh.  We had pretty much packed everything in the motor home so Tuesday morning started off with hair appointments for both of us.  I got home a little after 12 and we had lunch and finished up last minute things.  I had hoped to leave by 1:00 or 1:30.

The first hint of a problem came when Jerry asked me where the keys to the RV were.  Well, of course I didn’t know.  We finally determined that as a safety precaution against anyone stealing it we had (at my suggestion) taken the keys out of the RV before we left for the river.  I vaguely remember putting them on the bar in the kitchen.  We searched the house, the motor home and both cars to no avail.  Fortunately we have a duplicate set and when we get to Raleigh we will have a triplicate set because Jerry said he was not taking off to New York with just one set of keys!

Amidst the heat we took off at 1:24.  About 5 miles from home Jerry asked me if I had taken his clothes out of the dryer.  Since I hadn’t put them in I had forgotten about them.  In all honesty I had briefly thought about them but didn’t act on that thought immediately so it was gone!  He finally decided that he only had one pair of jeans with him so we turned around and went back home.  We went in to get the clothes and to continue to look for the keys.  We didn’t find them!  I really can’t imagine where they are and I’m quite sure we’ll be very surprised when we do find them.

We finally got going again at 1:47 and had a very uneventful trip to the showgrounds.  Then the frustration began.  It usually takes us about 30 minutes or less to unhook the car and completely set up the motor home.  First, Jerry forgot to put on his heavy shirt so he scraped his arm again when unhooking the chains.  After backing the RV into Site 19 he hooked up the electricity but waited until we got level to do the rest.  Little did we know that leveling would be so difficult?  We “leveled” it, pulled out the slides and I commented that it was not level so then we tried to do it manually.  It just wouldn’t level so we put the slides in and tried again.  We kept getting an “excessive slope” message.  Jerry put blocks under the sides, took blocks out, moved them around, etc. and I kept hitting the auto level button.  After he came in we played with the manual buttons a bit and got it as level as it’s going to be.  The bathroom door won’t stay open and I’m sure we’ll be even more unlevel as the week progresses as they are expecting rain plus we’re on graveled dirt.  Oh well.  To say that Jerry was a hot and frustrated camper would be a great understatement!

Met Billy and Becky for dinner at the Bistro and then they came back to see the rig.  Mary Ann came over and we visited for a while and then set the thermostat down to 64 degrees and bedtime!  The bedroom TV only has local channels on an antenna so no TV for the night.  Wi-Fi is poor to none so no podcasts for the night.  Oh well, I eventually went to sleep!