After fulltiming for fourteen years now, you’d think that we’d have this thing down to a science by now. But for whatever reason, after we have been sitting still for a while, Terry and I never sleep well the night before setting out on a trip. It’s not nerves, we love traveling in our RV and feel completely safe anywhere we go. I don’t know, maybe it’s anticipation. Do any of you go through the same thing?
At any rate, yesterday morning we were up before 8 and took our time getting ready to pull out of Three Flags RV Resort in Wildwood, Florida. We seldom get on the road until after 9, and it’s usually closer to 10. We check our e-mail, read a couple of our favorite blogs, and let all of those working folks get where they’re going first.
While I was walking over to the dumpster to drop some trash, a guy with a brand new Heartland fifth wheel and dually diesel truck stopped me to tell me that a friend of his had our 7-in-1 e-book of Free Campgrounds, Fairgrounds with RV Camping, Casino Camping, etc and he made a copy of it for himself. Then he proceeded to tell me he wasn’t impressed. “You list over 1,000 free campgrounds but none of them let you stay for over a week,” he said. "What good is that?" I asked him how long he expected to stay for free and he said a couple of months. I replied, "You made a bootleg copy of my CD because you were too cheap to buy one and now you’re bitching because a you can’t find anyplace to stay for weeks on end for free? Not only are you a cheap SOB, you’re an idiot." What a clod!
You might think this is an isolated case, but I can’t tell you how many times people have stopped by our booth at RV rallies and look at the CD, and then say right in front of us, “You buy it and I’ll pay you half and make a copy for myself.” I always feel like taking the CD away and saying, “Hello? This is stealing, you nitwit! At least have the decency to wait until you walk away to decide how you’ll rip us off.” Actually, I think I have said that to people a time or two.
At any rate, we left the campground a little after 10, after stopping at the office to check out and thank manager Joanne Caplice for her hospitality and to say goodbye. If Equity Lifestyle Properties, the corporation that owns Thousand Trails, wants to ensure their success, all they have to do is clone Joanne and put her in charge of every campground in the system. In all our years on the road, I’m not sure we’ve ever met a campground manager that is as accommodating and as dedicated to making sure things are as they should be. Joanne runs an excellent park, goes the extra mile, treats guests and employees right, and it shows.
After fueling up at the Pilot out at the interstate we got on the highway and took it north 108 miles to Interstate 10, where we turned west and followed it 170 miles to U.S. Highway 231. From there it was an easy 35 miles north to Dothan, Alabama. After a stop at Flying J to top off our fuel tank, we pulled into the Elks Lodge, where we parked for the night with strong 15 amp electric on a large paved lot behind the lodge. There was water too, but we didn’t need it. There is no charge to traveling Elks, though donations are welcome.
It was a windy trip, and a few times strong gusts took me by surprise, but we we made good time, stopping at rest areas a couple of times for potty breaks.
I do have to pick on Miss Terry for a moment, though. I think that at one time or another all of us who drive a motorhome and tow a car behind us have seen a vehicle just like ours going past on the highway and checked the backup camera to be sure we didn’t lose our toad. Well, yesterday somewhere around Lake City another Winnebago Ultimate Advantage diesel pusher with a nearly identical paint scheme to ours passed us, and Terry said, “For a second I panicked and thought that was our rig!”
It’s not her fault; like I said, we didn’t get much sleep the night before.
Thought For The Day – What if there is no conspiracy and the people running the government really are as stupid as they seem?