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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

We got off to a good early start on our 'epic' journey, I know to many of you, particularly our many friends in the USA and Canada, long journeys are a way of life, but to us Brits it's very different. Drive for 600 or so miles N to S and you'd drop into the sea! and it would take you a great deal longer. At home it can take an hour to drive from Bournemouth to Poole a distance of 8 miles if you choose to travel at the wrong time. So for us it is something quite unusual; how would it be? Yes, we have spent months on the road in Bree, but usually no longer than perhaps 3 or 4 hours at a time and our longest journey to date had been 394 miles in Leg 1 when we were greenhorns who knew no better! We get twitchy if we're on a plane for 6 hours, so this was going to be 'interesting'. Not least because of the navigational issues we have had in the past!! We had "Google" directions and Trish's GPS so I felt fairly confident that it would all go well. (We are trying other options instead of Mary, who as we all know can be a little inaccurate at times) The "Google" directions were concise, just 2 pages - Direction # 21 made us smile...Take the exit left onto the I-95 S toward Richmond, go 873 miles...some direction eh? Anyhow, we made it without a single raised voice, can you believe that, quite an achievement :) The journey did have its moments though, like queuing to get through the toll booths onto the New Jersey Turnpike and then into Delaware where we took an hour to do 15 miles.
At that rate it would have taken us 8 days driving to get to Florida! All of this of course made worse by the fact that we had to pay tolls for the privilege. Poor Malc; tired after many hours in the driving seat did become very frustrated when every other lane but ours moved quicker. This was capped by a violent thunderstorm just as we cleared the traffic; even with the wipers on double speed and the car on half speed, we couldn't see the car in front ...scary! We stopped for the night just outside Washington DC, one of the most expensive areas for accommodation, but it couldn't be helped, we had hoped to be 100 miles or so further on, but traffic had prevented us doing this. We had covered 450 miles on day one - 12 hours "on the road". Strange we haven't really encountered any other traffic jams to speak of in 30,000 miles of travels over here.  


Anyway day two was much better, with no hold ups we made good progress (650 miles) and stayed in Hardeeville, Georgia in the sort of motel you wonder about as you drive past! But all we needed was a bed for the night; refreshed we set off early next morning knowing that we would get to Bree that day.
Sure enough mid afternoon we pulled into the RV Park where we had left him 4 months ago, the manager here, Keith had taken him out of storage, charged the batteries, hooked him up and had the fridge and air con on, what superb service. I was amazed how clean he was, and inside it was as if we had only been away overnight. (Mind you we had left him immaculate even though I say so myself, in case any potential buyer had wanted to view) We had traveled 13 states since leaving NH 3 days ago, two we hadn't been through before, bringing our total traveled to 31, now we were 'home' and it feels brilliant!
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