Thursday, February 23, 2017

We always make reservations when we travel

Planning is not our strong suit. Winging it is more our style.

We left fort Lauderdale a week ago. Our first stop is Green Cove Springs, near Jacksonville, where our mail forwarding service is located. Jim ordered a new drone and it just got delivered there so we stopped to pick it up. We used our Allstays app and found a Cracker Barrel where we can park overnight. It's great, you get dinner and breakfast.

Then we got on the I-10 Interstate highway which will take us all the way to the west coast of these united States, nearly 3,000 miles. Our reason for this trip is to present our seminars at the FMCA convention in Chandler Arizona, and the Escapee's RV club Escapade in Tucson. In other words, we're going to work. Here's the basic plan, as laid out in Streets and Trips

Driving the interstates is the easiest and most comfortable way to travel when you're in a big rig, towing a car. I-10 across northern Florida is actually quite scenic as well. 

Sometime after lunch, a tuna sandwich that I make while Jim continues driving, I look at a map and determine where we might want to stop for the night. Hmmm, we could make it into Alabama. There's an  Escapees park that we've heard is nice down by gulf shores. We could even stay 2 nights and give him a chance to fly his new drone and drive to gulf shores too. I called for "reservations" saying we would be there in 2 hours. No problem, come on down!

Back on the road, i-10 thru mobile, across the Mississippi at Baton Rouge, thru the Atchafalaya swamp. By now it's starting to get dark, so I look at allstays to find the next Walmart where we can park.

We want to stop in Waco Texas to visit our friend Frank and his family. That is now clearly 2 days away, so we call him to make arrangements. He says Tuesday is better than Wednesday and we can park at his family's ranch. Cool. So, we just need one night in between. 

Texas is the land of Thousands Trails. This is a membership park system that we belong to. We pay about 600/yr whether we use it or not. So we need to use it. I got online using their website and made a reservation for one night at Lake Conroe.

One night at the Frank family ranch was just delightful. I'll write a Separate post on that.

Back on the road and Jim was into driving, so we made it to just after dark again. Pulled off at a rest area, cranked up the generator and made dinner. I used ear plugs to soften the sound of the semis and we slept well.

We don't need no stinkin' reservations!


Rick and Kathy Rousseau said...

We are presently at the Good Sam Rally in Phoenix. The problem is we're listening to all kinds of Generators all around us. Sounds like we're camped in a truck stop. After three months in the desert we've lost our patience for this.
This is our first year not planning every stop and we are loving it.
See you at the Escapade.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Tom and Leah Van de Bussche said...

We'll hold down the Florida fort while your away. Just got back from our trip to Australia and New Zealand. Went out to the Great Barrier Reef, but was a bit disappointed. We were kept to a small area with a lot of other people. The coral was hit with bleaching about 15 years ago and lost most of its color. Still working on labeling and sorting the 1000 pictures we took. I think Chris's new book will be a big help with the Google Photos phase.

We also do not make many reservations while on the road, but we normally stay in campgrounds. If you are ever at Three Flags in Wildwood, let us know and maybe we can get together as we live in The Villages.

Safe travels and hope you have successful rallies.

Tom and Leah Van de Bussche