Monday, November 5, 2012

On the Road Day 6 to Day 23

It is time to bring you up to date with our trip so far - it has been quite a ride!

Day 6 to 8 Cape May, New Jersey
Once we were moved to a quiet spot in the campground we really enjoyed Cape May. It was very touristy but our first opportunity to get out on the beach and that was fun - cold but fun.
Tara was anxious to get in the water but it was way too cold wade in with her.

Day 9 to Day 12 - Jane's Island State Park in Maryland
We took the ferry from Cape May to Lewes, Delaware then a short drive to Jane's Island State Park on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
This was Arch's first experience getting The Adventure Bus on a ferry. He did great. After the Tappan Zee Bridge any narrow spot is possible!!

We loved Jane's Island State Park. It is a very under-used park in an out-of-the-way location and the area was fascinating. We enjoyed many opportunities to meet local people and learn about the area. The town of Crisfield was next to the park and has been really impacted by the US recession. Many closed businesses, unfinished condo developments, etc. Additionally, at one time there was a big plan to run a ferry across the Chesapeake to Crisfield, thus making it easier for visitors from Baltimore and Washington to get there. This didn't happen but resulted in much over-development of the area.
Farm stands still operate on the trust system here
While at Jane's Island we drove across the state to spend a day at Assateague National Seashore for a picnic and a walk on the beach.
Miles and miles of beautiful beach. This part was for people (and animals) only, but further south was a large area (miles) where you could take your vehicle on the sand - with a permit. A lot of surf fishers do this.
This horse was enjoying a swim at Assateague National Seashore
More on our visit to Jane's Island here

Day 13 and 14 - First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach
Our trip from Cape May to Virginia Beach started well -  another beautiful day. We were motoring along, then bang! A blow-out! Arch drove slowly along the side of the road until we found a place to pull off. We thought the day was lost. Road side assistance was a couple of hours away. Then along came Sammy.

He was on his way home from a medical appointment (kidney dialysis), noticed our flat tire and pulled in to offer his services. His business is changing truck tires and moving trucks around. And he had all the equipment to change our tire in the back of his truck. We decided to forego roadside assistance and hire Sammy. The tire was changed in a flash and in 30 minutes we were on our way.

Crossing the 17 mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was like driving on the ocean. We crossed this before but high up in a motorhome you see so much more and the experience is really different..
Although at least 4 experts, including Sammy (he thinks we hit something on the road that caused the tire to blow-out), told us our tires are fine but, we knew they were old so decided to put 6 new ones on The Adventure Bus while in Virginia Beach. Expensive but worth it for peace of mind.

We did not enjoy Virginia Beach. The folks at the state park were more concerned about enforcing rules than supplying services and they charged $5 per night PER PET. We paid the $15 for Tara but did not tell them about Princess. So we were not sad to leave when they closed the park because of the approach of Hurricane Sandy
Incidentally, Tara and Princess are doing great.
Waiting for the tire to be changed - she lies on the floor when we travel

Princess wants to know what is going on
We are calling her Princess Super Kitty now. She loves The Adventure Bus, mostly sleeps on the bed while we travel but occasional comes to sit with me and watch the world go by.

Day 15 and 16 - Falls Lake State Park, North Carolina
We went there to get out of Sandy's way. Falls Lake is a beautiful park just 10 miles from Raleigh-Durham area and proved to be a great spot to stop. The cities are beautiful and easy to get around. We used this stop to spend more money and get re-connected to the rest of the world via a Verizon MiFi device. We love it. We purchased the device and pay as we go for internet.

In avoiding Sandy we missed our stop on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The park we reserved a spot in was closed. This was a real disappointment as this is a beautiful area.

Day 16 to Day 18 - Wilmington, North Carolina
As they were closing Falls Lake State Park for the season on Oct 31 we left and headed back out to the coast. Wilmington barely escaped Sandy so we booked a night at the KOA there and off we went. We are not crazy about private campgrounds - they tend to be very crowded - but we did enjoy this one. It was quite a treat to have cable TV to follow Sandy, a really great laundromat and free internet - lets us save our Verizon time. When it became apparent that the campground at Cape Hatteras was not going to reopen anytime soon we decided to stay here for two more nights.
So we spent one day exploring Wilmington, a beautiful, historic city. Rebecca, you would love this vintage clothing shop:
The shop was closed. This is only the part of it that was out in a little art & antique market we stumbled upon:
I bought a scarf. It is very pretty but I think I bought it just so I could slip my money under the door:
This stop also gave us our first chance to play golf:
Because we leave Tara in The Adventure Bus we can only play 9 holes and finding courses where you can do this is not easy but we did find this funny little one between Wilmington and Kure Beach. It also operated on the trust system. We seem to be running into a lot of this. Wonder if it would work at Bay Hammocks.

Day 18 to 23 - Myrtle Beach State Park, North Carolina
We are back on track and really enjoying our stay in Myrtle Beach. The beach is gorgeous, of course, and it is warm enough to let Tara go out in the waves. Once again there are horses on the beach.

Lots of them. On Saturday, 1200! A fund-raiser of some sort for the Heart and Stroke Association.  Boy, did they make a mess of the beach - horse poop everywhere. But by Sunday the tide had washed it all away and the beach was usable again.
We found a great golf course to play - 27 holes divided into 3 nine hole segments. Short and fast. Perfect for us.
And the State Park in probably the nicest so far:
The 1/2 K entrance was second only to Fox Harb'r
It has a private beach and fishing pier
And we can walk along the beach to the commercial area - it is about 1 mile
We could easily spend another week here but leave tomorrow for Hunting Island State Park, also in North Carolina, and more adventures.

Incidentally, to enlarge the photos, simply right click on them.


  1. You got lucky on that tire blowout. No crash or coach damage is a good day. Having a man stop and change the tire made it a great day. Looks like you guys are seeing a lot on this trip.

    1. We know how lucky we were. We met a fellow at Cape May who had a 5th wheel that was about 1 year old and he had experienced many blow-outs - he said 2 1/2 per tire. The last one really damaged the side of his RV. Apparently the tires that were installed at the factory were too small for the RV. Needless to say he is going back to the manufacturer for compensation. Sammy was such a nice man and a really great help. I think of him often and hope the dialysis is going well for him.

  2. Hi Anne,

    What a wonderful story and photographs you have here. I wondered how I could follow your travels! Now I know. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. I smiled reading your post today!

    Enjoy life! I know you are!


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