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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!

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Leaving Fancy Gap and Headed to Asheville, NC

The weather last night was almost perfect, a little cool but great to be sitting outside. Jerry grilled hamburgers and we ate outside at the picnic table. Later some people Jerry had met earlier (while I dealt with the ice cream disaster) came down and shared our ice cream with us. They are David and Kathy from Glouchester, Va. We had a lovely evening just sitting around chatting and smelling the roasting marshmellows from neighboring campers. As usual we all exchanged camping stories! We were outside until 9:30, then came in and shortly off to bed as we have a long day of travel ahead. Interestingly enough Gypsy says we only have 132 miles to go while the RV GPS says 180. We’ll see I guess.

Because the campground (Fancy Gap,Blue Ridge KOA) was so nice and the weather so incredibly beautiful we debated staying another night in Fancy Gap but decided to go on to Fletcher today so it’s off to the Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show watching stunning Saddlebreds and Friesians for a week.

We didn’t leave until 9:30 but Jerry got all of the tanks emptied and flushed out and then we had to put the car on the dolly. I was afraid that would be a little dicey because I didn’t have much room to back up given that we were on a “hill” with a drop off behind me. It took three attempts but nothing dangerous, just had to get the car headed to the ramps straight.

Today has been a good day for traveling as it was a bit overcast at first. Sunny later. Finding gas is proving to be difficult as there are no Pilot or Flying J and after our last fiasco with Hess we’re a little hesitant to pull in just anywhere. We finally pulled off and ended up circling a Hess. Although it was also a trucker Hess the only pump we could access was empty so we got back on I-77 and headed on. Turned off at Hickory and after a couple of u-turns we finally found a Hess that we could get in and out of and gas was $245.9. It was an extremely slow running pump though!

We finally arrived at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher shortly after lunch. Got everything hooked up and then discovered that there is no longer any Internet access “down the hill” where we all are staying so no more updates of our trip. Fancy Gap was so much fun and I’m sure the show will be plus our sweet granddaughter Emma will be joining us on Tuesday! We’ll leave Sunday week and spend a couple of days in Clemmons at Tanglewood Park visiting with our children and then on to Kinston – What a way to end a trip.