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The 2016 Winter Journey Comes to an End

Our plan was to get up around 6:00, get showers, a quick breakfast and hit the road as we had over 300 miles to go today. Guess the time change got us because we didn’t wake up until 7:00! Jerry had to put the car back on the dolly so by the time we got everything done it was 9:00 before we left. It took us 10 minutes to just get out of the campground and then the winding and hilly road. Actually that is not quite accurate. It was winding, yes, but hilly – well, that’s an understatement! I’d say we were in the mountains. It took us 45 minutes to go 23 miles and it took us 2 and half hours to get to 85 and easy driving. That did include a gas stop though.

We stopped for a quick lunch at a Pilot/Flying J and then continued on arriving at Greystone RV Park in Pinnacle around 4:30. This is a small Good Sam campground with only ten sites but plans for expansion. The view of Pilot Mountain is incredible and quite a selling point. Although we didn’t use it we did see a nice bath house. They also have a pretty pond stocked for catch and release. There were only a few other rigs there so we got our pick of sites. Check in was very quick and the owner was very friendly. We got set up quickly and then that was it! Nothing else for the day.

Amusingly, we had fussed for the last week because we didn’t have TV and then tonight we had it and it was not turned on. Um…change of habits perhaps? Internet is strong which enabled me to catch up on posting which was fun because I had such good memories of a great trip. We did so much and had so many different experiences that at times they would all run together so blogging has helped solidify those wonderful memories.

Friday morning dawned with cold temperatures. Upon request we had turned off the water at the tap last night but it still was frozen this morning. That didn’t present a problem since we had no pressing business this morning. We are being very conservative on the use of propane as we only have a quarter of a tank and have no idea how long that will last. We have two space heaters plus the fireplace so that keeps the chill off.

The fast few days of our trip were spent visiting with family and then early on Sunday we left for Tom Johnson Camping World/Charlotte Motor Speedway Campground in Concord, NC. Fortunately we were able to find some propane in Concord so we were warm and cozy for the remainder of the day.

We spent a week at this campground last year when we were snow-bound in Concord so we were quite familiar with everything. We had easy and quick check-in and then quick set-up in the frigid weather. Jerry never did get the cable to work so we just stuck with Dish which worked fine. Internet signal was good and Verizon worked well.

We got up early Monday morning, packed everything in the car – yes, five weeks of “stuff” and then took the RV over to Tom Johnson’s for it’s yearly check-up before the warranty expires. With trepidation we started the ride home hoping that we wouldn’t get stranded due to impending icy rain and snow. We made it home by 3:00 and it was a welcomed site, time to see the other grands!

The next couple of months will be busy catching up with family and friends but I’ve already started planning our next trips – yes, plural. I’ve always got something in the works so stay tuned!


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