Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Let me tell you about the RV lifestyle and friends

Except for a weekend trip with the grandkids, our Motorhome has been parked since late May. It's now mid July and we're back on the road. Leaving Fort Lauderdale, Florida, our destination is Lewisburg, West Virginia for an RV Rally where we'll be doing our technology seminars.
Florida is a very long state, and you don't get all the way thru it in one day. We usually like to get north of Orlando on our first day of travel and we have a couple of standard spots where we've been before.

While checking into RVillage (a social network for RVers) we saw a notice from Curtis - a friend and the founder of RVillage - that he was having some work done on his RV and he was in Sanford, FL. Hey! That's just north of Orlando. I wonder if he's up for a visit? We exchanged a couple of messages on RVillage and planned to stay in the area for one night.

We hadn't been to Sanford before, so we consulted Allstays Camp and RV app on our phones and found a County park with a couple miles of where Curtis was getting his RV serviced. Perfect! We got in about 3:30 - just in time to settle in and go see Curtis in time for happy hour and dinner at some place in town.

We met Curtis last summer in Indiana, spent some time at Christmas with him in Arizona City, then again in Quartzsite, AZ. Partied with him at a rally in Pomona, CA in March and now here in Florida. That's how friendships amongst RVers go. You're as likely to see each other 3,000 miles away as around the corner.

As it turned out, the County Park we chose had a very nice trail the passed right by our campsite. It was in our Traillink App by the Rails to Trails conservancy - so we had to give it a try before we left the next day. Beautiful!

After the bike ride, we hit the road at our normal noonish timeframe and just drove for as long as was comfortable, then we checked our Passport America app for a 1/2 price park ahead. We found one in St. George, S.C. - pulled off the road, made some dinner and went to sleep.

Getting an earlier start the next day, we looked at the Passport America map and saw that there were pretty slim pickin's in the 2-300 mile range in the direction we were going, but the one in the right place was Mayberry RV park in Mt. Airy N.C. - that's where the Andy Griffith show was done. We'd stayed here before and knew it to be a very nice park. AND, my long-time friend Emily lives in the area. I wonder if she's home? I sent her a facebook message, and followed up with a phone call when we got parked. It went something like this, "Can we get together tonight?" Luckily we could!

We had a great dinner out and had the opportunity to catch up with a dear friend.

Such variety this RV lifestyle allows ... meeting up in new places with new friends, and catching up with old friends because you're in their neighborhood. And, quiet alone time in between.

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1 comment:

Curtis Coleman said...

I swear this never happened. :-)