Yes, we are FINALLY “There”!!
Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
31Trip End Aug 12, 2013
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When this journey began, we weren't sure exactly WHERE we were going—an unstructured meander in western New York State was the original idea. We did that and so much more…one major “bucket list” item checked off and several “unexpected moments” that were jewels in our trip. This expedition turned out to be a story of lakes, canals, the changes in landscapes caused by glaciations and friendships
Now each journey must come to an end as does each blog. I still have to finish up with our travel today:
Pulling out of our campground above Louisville, KY this morning at 9:40 the temperature was already up to 78 degrees and the humidity was HIGH! This is definitely NOT a good thing as one of the things I dislike most in all the world is getting sweaty…and today ended up being an 8 on the scale of 10 as far as the sweat factor was concerned. We had considered staying there one more night and using today to clean Mufasa inside and out, but after looking at the weather we realized that there was a good chance that we would be running in the rain again tomorrow and all of our hard work would be wasted. We are very glad that we made that choice as we ended up having quite a bit of rain as we drove south today.
Shortly after leaving camp we stopped for the last time for gasoline and paid $3.56/gallon
Of course we couldn’t let the last day of our trip go by without having a three ring circus crop up unexpectedly…we had been driving over VERY rough interstate roads. To those of you who are uninitiated in the fine art of riding down the road with your house attached to your engine, let me explain. You can drive over a rough road in a car and it may be bumpy, but usually you don’t pay any attention to it after a few minutes—it just is what it is. However, in a motor home, you not only FEEL each lump and bump in the pavement you HEAR each lump and bump because (remember you are driving your house down the road) EVERYTHING bounces and jumps and thumps and rattles as you hit the dips in the road. Your dishes rattle, you silverware jumps and clinks, and heaven forbid two glasses jounce together because THEN you get annoying tinkling sounds. Smooth roads are wonderful—they are what make tooling down the highway in your house so much fun. Now hold those thoughts.
The road had finally smoothed out somewhat and we decided we wanted a few munchies and a Dr
We crossed the border into Tennessee at 12:05. Stopping at the Tennessee Welcome Center we took a few minutes to do a better clean up of the mess. Oh well, things do happen occasionally. We crossed the border into Wilson County at 1:30. It was good to feel ourselves getting closer to home. We did make just one more little stop—to get one more Chocolate Chip Frappe to share! Tomorrow repentance begins.
Arriving at home around 2:30 we got busy unloading Mufasa. We also were greeted by several friends and neighbors who seemed to be glad that we were home. One friend said that he would ask how our trip went but since he and his wife had been on the blog, he already knew! It was also suggested that we rest a few days and then hit the road again so they would have something new to read every day. Hold that thought Steve!
Mufasa is now safely up at the club parking lot. Depending on the weather tomorrow we will either bring him back over here to clean him up before taking him back to his man cave, or take him back there and then bring him back here to give him a bath at a later date.
John is at the Resident’s meeting so I don’t have the total mileage for today or the total trip mileage as of yet. If I can get this out (our internet is down here at the house) after while, I will go back in later to edit those details after I get the information. I suspect I am going to have to get this out via my cell phone hot spot and the laptop. I see a call to TDS in my future!
We had a fantastic trip but are also very glad to be home. I am sure we will see most of you out and about in the next few days. Thanks for going along with us on our journey. Also as a side note that means very little I know: we didn’t have the television on even one time this whole month we have been on the road. This is the longest we have gone since either of us got television when we were children that we didn’t have one turned on at least for a few minutes to watch the news! We didn’t miss it at all which is some kind of commentary on our lives that we likely need to think about!
Posted Later: We drove 193 miles today. The total milage of the trip was 3,265 miles.