Thursday, November 7, 2013

Five Great Reasons to Travel With Friends

On a cold crisp October 31st morning we left Moncton with Elaine and Rick Cochrane ( ). Elaine and Rick are headed for The Glades RV Resort in Moore Haven Florida for the winter and we are off on a nine month trip back and forth across North America.

It was an incredibly cold morning and the fall leaves crunched under our feet as we prepared to leave.
And the red sunrise did not bode well for the day ahead. But we chose to ignore that and started on our way.

The border crossing at Houlton was uneventful.Then 2 quick stops - one in Houlton for gas and another in Bangor for Verizon MiFi cards and a minutes card for our trachones. The on to Lewiston for the night.

Reason #1 They are good company when things go wrong.

Then the warning of the red dawn came to be. It started to pour rain just south of Bangor and then, about 20 miles from Lewiston the Cochrane's windshield wiper motor made a big bang and stopped working. After some discussion Rick decided to keep on going to Lewiston without wipers and try to get a new motor there.

The Ramada Inn in Lewiston provides rvers with parking space, electricity and the use of their swimming pool for $15 per night. A very good deal and that is where we stayed. The weather report was for rain with high winds (the rver's enemy) for two days. And this forecast, combined with the fact that Rick was unable to get the wiper motor fixed, led to the decision to wait the storm out in Lewiston. We ate out, did some shopping and played Mexican Train to pass the time.

Elaine ordered a new motor on line to be delivered to their daughter's home in Richmond VA and after a one day layover we awoke to sunny skies and a forecast that promised no rain until Elaine and Rick reached Richmond.
Note the puddles around the Cochranes RV. We were glad we waited.
Reason #2 They are good company on the road.

We motored easily around Boston early Saturday morning with a rest stop in Connecticut:
RV Pals
And then on to Walmart in Fishkill, NY for the night.
It is always nice to have company when Wally Docking

And nothing beats having someone bigger than you lead the way through a traffic jam

Reason #3 They know about great RV site that you don't::
Pretty isn't it?
Reason # 4 They share their dogs with Arch:
Meet Lilly (next to Arch) and Tucker.
Reason # 5 They share their food with you:
Elaine prepared a delicious ham supper for us
We had a great time traveling with Rick and Elaine and it was sad to part company after 5 days on the road. But our destinations were different this year.
Rick and Elaine heading south to Richmond VA and points beyond.
Then we headed out through this spectacular exit to Nashville TN and points in the southwest.
Safe travels Elaine and Rick. See you in July.

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  1. You are heading to my favorite area of the country...enjoy!! We love your home Province. We've been to NS three times, twice with MH and once on a motorcycle trip. Beautiful, fun place.

    1. Hi John and Pam You do get around. We love following your travels.

  2. We sure miss you guys...when I say to Tucker wheres Aunt Anne and Uncle Arch he perks up looks out the sofa window and runs to the door to see if your there :) was great travelling with you safe dear friends...till we meet again!!!!

  3. Great blog with great pics love the one of the back yard at home makes me lonesome but it looks cold. Have a great trip west and now that you can slowdown and do not have to keep up with Ossumer I know it will be better. Miss looking in the mirror to see the "adventure bus" following us.


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