The day count above is correct. For the first time since the last trip I am going to lump a whole week together in a single post. I fell behind a few weeks back when we didn't have cell signal and never caught up. I do have some really good excuses though:
Yeah, I said that. This week has been packed with scheduling our east coast trip. It has proven quite difficult in comparison to everywhere else we have been. Canada and Alaska were super easy. For the most part we could pull over anyplace on the highways and sleep for a night or two. The west coast was simple too. Sure some spots in Washington and California were tough, but overall we found free camping almost at will. Driving through the Midwest was medium on the scale. There were not many free places but plenty of cheap spots to grab. And in the deserts of the southwest.... you could live out there and never be bothered. In fact many people do just that.
We rolled out of Houston last month and mingled our way across the southern coast in a mix of free and pay campsites. Then we hit Florida and received our rude awakening. Florida is packed full of snowbirds and the camping has reflected that. It's been tough for us to find places to stay. All the state parks are booked completely full. Private RV parks and campgrounds hold back their laughter when you call and ask for a place to stay with less than a months notice. We took note of this and started looking at the availability of things up the east coast. The news was grim. Free camping is nearly non-existent. A vast majority of state parks are already booked until June, and the rest have will not be available to book until they open in May or June.
So we took this week to make a plans and drain the bank account. Over $1,200 has been spent in the last three days booking places to stay from now until just after memorial day. That will at least get us north of NYC and into Rhode Island. Another factor of this week's busyness is doing some work on the rig. Shirley needed some new parts and Penny too. Driving old junk comes with risks. Here's a look at this week:
It hasn't been all work and no play. This awesome campground is $5 a day. We get to park on concrete and have a dump station on site. Leaving camp is all dirt which made T-dub rack up about 250 miles of seeing the countryside taking us down the sand roads of the Ocala National forest and into surrounding towns. Towns like a magical place called The Villages. A city where nearly 50% of the population is 55+ retirees who cruise around in golf carts.
Yesterday the woods was set on fire across the street in a controlled burn by the county. Helicopters buzzed over head and fire trucks went up and down the road all day. Smoke filled the campground and infiltrated it's way into the RV through every nook and cranny. Walking down the sand service roads gave us plenty of things to look at. The amount of time here has given us plenty to thing about, yet all the while we are ready to leave. This has been a great time to sit still and catch up on a lot of stuff. Tomorrow we leave for adventure, and it won't slow down until we get to Rhode Island in June. Between here and there are 8 state parks, 3 national parks, 9 major cities and countless attractions for us to see. It's gonna be awesome.
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