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Fun at an FMCA Chapter Rally

In July Jerry and I were in Indianapolis at the FMCA National Rally where we met a lovely couple from North Carolina. Since they were parked right behind us we ran into them frequently which led to evening visits and an enjoyable way to wind down after our busy days. They shared their involvement with one of the North Carolina chapters, the Carolina Guroos. After we got home we got an e-mail from the chapter president asking us if we were interested in joining and or attending a rally. We immediately decided to join and to attend the October rally in Waynesville, NC.

We arrived on Wednesday at Creekwood Campground and after setting up began to immediately meet members of the Carolina Guroos. After a short afternoon of visiting seven of us went out to eat at Maggie’s Galley. I had rainbow trout which was delicious but of course Jerry had to try something a bit different. He had gator tail. He thought it would be a large piece of gator but instead it resembled the gator bites we’d had several years ago. Actually it looked like fried oysters to me but he said they were good.

Thursday was another afternoon of visiting with everyone trying to escape the warm sun and sit in the shade. Jerry finally got out our NC State tent and we spent the afternoon there. People came and went bringing chairs and sometimes beverages with them. It was a great afternoon.

Thursday evening we all gathered at the meeting room for barbecue and then games. Our game that night was Left, Right and Center. It was a fun game.

Friday morning we made our one trip out of the campground to go to the grocery store. Jerry had heard from one of the other members about a wood distributor close to the campground. That definitely peaked his interest so after the grocery store run we headed to Oak Unlimited. Jerry went in to talk with the owner to see what they had available for sale. They had ends for $2.00 a piece so Jerry decided to get five. When the fellow asked Jerry what kind of wood work he did Jerry brought him out to the car to see the walking sticks we had been lugging around. The fellow asked if Jerry sold them and if so for how much. When Jerry responded $20 the guy’s response was “take 10 pieces of wood and give me a walking stick and we’ll call it even”. Needless to say that put a big smile on Jerry’s face.

Another afternoon of visiting and then everyone went out to eat at Rendevous Restaurant. Because it was leaf peeping season it was difficult to find a restaurant that would take a reservation for 20 people so our choices were limited.

A nice view for the afternoon or for an evening campfire
After we returned to the campground we joined the couple across from us at their campfire. Several couples sat out by the creekside in the cold (cold enough for me to have a blanket) and listened to jokes and I’m quite sure a few “fish stories”. Every RVer has an interesting anecdote or experience to share. Around the campfire in the flickering light most are funny but some have a lesson behind them. For example, don’t go through a yellow caution light when towing your car behind your RV. The car will go through on the red light and yes, the camera will get a picture. Upon returning home you mayfind a ticket waiting in your mailbox! True story.

Saturday afternoon a couple of the guys were carving pumpkins for the pumpkin contest later in the evening. The ladies all joined to watch our president show us how to tie dye a small pumpkin with nail polish. That was very simple with a lovely outcome. Definitely something to try with the grands! Update: I tried it the next week with the grands – colossal fail!

Instead of going out to dinner Saturday night we all gathered in the meeting room for pizza and salad. After that we played Five Seconds. Dividing up into teams of two, men against women we were asked a question that had 3 answers and 5 seconds to answer. There was so much laughter that at times it was difficult to even hear the answers!

Saturday evening concluded with another campfire. It was a little warmer so no blanket was necessary.

The rally concluded Sunday morning with biscuits from Bojangles and a devotion by Sandy who along with her husband Rick was the wagon master for the week-end. They did a great job, one usually done by two couples and set the bar high for the next week-end rally. The Christmas party will be lunch in Clemmons in December and then Florida in February. We are planning to attend the lunch in Clemmons but will have to see if Florida works in our plans.

Carolina Guroos Week-end
After a fun filled week-end with great people I can truthfully say joining Carolina Guroos was one of our better decisions. I have often described us as “travelers” rather than “campers” but this week-end we were campers! Traveling and touring as we do means we often leave the campground early in the morning and return late in the afternoon collapsing from fatigue. That doesn’t give much time to enjoy the camaraderie of the other travelers/campers in the campground so this was an even more special time. The only time we left the campground was to go to the grocery store and a short stop at Oak Unlimited. Otherwise we slept in, had lazy mornings and evening campfires, played fun games filled with laughter with new friends and did a lot of visiting. Can’t wait to get together again! Now on our way to Williamsburg for the Newmar Kountry Klub Region 5 Rally!

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On to Waynesville

The RVing folks are a very congenial group of people united by a common interest of traveling with a home on wheels. There are however a few topics that always instigate some lively discussions. Whether to tow four down or to tow using a dolly almost always initiates interesting discussion. Since we’ve done both we, like many others, have a pretty definite opinion however I will add this caveat: whether you tow four down or dolly tow, have a Class A, B or C or a fifth wheel or tag along, the decision you make is the one that works for you. There is no one answer for everyone and that is something most RVers can agree on.

As I have shared before, we recognize that for us leaving on a trip is so much easier now that we tow four down. No more crawling on the ground no matter the weather conditions for Jerry. After I correctly align the car behind the RV Jerry hooks it up and it only takes a few minutes. My job is to put the jeep in active drive transfer so it can be towed. Because we haven’t traveled with the toad since July I’m a little rusty at the procedure but since I faithfully follow our written instructions each time step by step hopefully it’s right. Before we pull out with the RV we also have a check list that we go over every time. Most of the time we’ve completed every pre-travel task but once in a while something will be left undone. Last time I had forgotten to lock the refrigerator but luckily was reminded when we went over the check list. Believe me, no one wants the doors to the fridge to open when going around a sharp curve. Been there, done that and nearly everything came out on the floor including me as I was trying to get everything back in the fridge while riding down a busy street – what a mess! With the check list procedure for the tow car and the checklist for the RV we generally pull out secure that we have done all we can do to ensure a safe trip.

Today we traveled 40 west out of Clemmons heading to Waynesville and it was an uneventful ride (which we love). As always there was some road construction but it didn’t slow us down much. When I started looking for a gas station I of course went to the Garmin and there was not one Flying J listed on our route. We like the Flying J’s because they have a dedicated RV lane. We decided to settle for Love’s. They are often more expensive but have easy access. While riding along though I saw a sign for a Pilot so we went for that. It did not show up on Garmin but did on the iExit app. It was on a two lane road, very busy with big semi’s and just a lot of traffic but alas – no rv lane and a very slow pump! We spent 25 minutes refueling and then began the interesting task of navigating away from the pump and around the station. I drove while Jerry stood outside navigating. One guy even offered to stop traffic for us. It’s always nice to run in to people willing to help. We made it and back on the road to Waynesville. Then we had to conquer Black Mountain. Again, we made it!

Asheville was not as busy as we had thought so we motored on to Waynesville to Creekwood RV Park. We missed the entrance initially perhaps because I was looking for Creekside. Don’t know where my mind was! All in all it was a nice ride but no pretty scenery on the way. Due to the dry fall the beautiful fall colors haven’t made it to western NC this year.